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TechSightings: Linux Expo 99: Think Free Beer, Not Free Software

May 25, 1999, 23:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

Thanks to Robin Miller for this link.

"The kickoff party for Linux Expo 99, hosted by Red Hat software, was held Wednesday, May 18 in a factory-sized bar called Jillian's. The beer was free.

"Linux and open source software advocates have moaned for years about their lack of mainstream acceptance. Now they've gotten it, but things aren't turning out the way they'd hoped."

"... hardly anyone from the press bothered to visit the small cluster of non-profit Linux groups relegated to the back of the hall that were collectively dismissed by one suit-wearing Expo attendee as "the ponytail crowd.""

"The Debian booth didn't even have chairs; everyone sat cross-legged on the floor."

"... like it or not, all the action at this year's Linux Expo was in the commercial sector."

Complete story.