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LinuxPower: Alternative Computing Expo 2000, Melbourne (AU)

Nov 25, 2000, 15:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Simmons)

"On October 21st and 22nd, ACE 2000 was held at the Albert Park media centre in Melbourne, Australia. After paying and entering, a narrow passageway led upstairs to the main area. Two exhibitors, nextbyte (Apple Centre) and Melbourne OS/2 SIG occupied the lower levels (the Macintosh area also functioned as an Internet cafe). Some advertisements for Red Hat, Telstra (Australian telecommunications company) and others adorned the walls and floor."

"The expo was essentially a combination of the various local computer user groups (Amiga, Linux, OS/2, etc), with each displaying their best wares. Members of the public were initially puzzled, asked questions, and could touch/feel how a device/application actually works. Some of the exhibitors busily used their provided systems to finish off other more pressing tasks, while making themselves available to answer a variety of technical and non-technical questions. In particular, LUV distributed Red Hat and Debian copies, and sold Tux caps, T-shirts and stickers. They demonstrated a computer with a Helix Code/GNOME desktop, which also doubled as a nice Quake III Arena display. Members of LUV also ran an Install-fest on Sunday, for those seeking help with installation and configuration with Linux on their computer."

"Don't ask me why, but the entire expo seemed like one large recruitment drive for the local user groups. While the entire point of the expo was to educate the average 'man off the street' about alternative operating systems and applications, I felt this was largely not catered for."

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