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LinuxWorld: Is the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo getting too big?

Aug 08, 2000, 22:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eileen Cohen)

"It's August, and the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is nearly upon us. The rapidly increasing number of people whose business is Linux will converge with the expanding hordes who are eager to integrate Linux successfully into their businesses' infrastructures. The third West Coast iteration (and fourth LWCE overall) of IDG World Expo's popular event starts August 14 with a day of tutorials, then moves into high gear with three days of conference sessions and the vendor expo."

"This will be the last LinuxWorld show in San Jose, Calif. Next year, IDG will trade in the sunshine, simplicity, convenient airport, and relatively ample parking of the Silicon Valley venue for more capacious quarters in San Francisco. It had to be done: this month's show is expected to attract even more visitors -- well over 20,000 -- than the February 2000 show at New York's Jacob Javits center. (Last August's LWCE garnered around 12,000.) More important to the show's bottom line, the exhibit space at the San Jose Convention Center is no longer adequate. Even though 60 percent more space was available this year, the 150,000+ square feet were sold out before the end of June, and some 45 luckless exhibitor wannabes found themselves on a waiting list."

"A clever historian could pen volumes on the brief but eventful history of the Linux industry by comparing the roster of exhibitors at next week's conference to last year's. A quick count indicates that over 50 of the approximately 130 vendors who exhibited in August 1999 aren't coming back (at least not under the same names -- consolidation accounts for several of the "absences"), and almost 100 of the over 165 vendors at this year's show are new to the event."

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