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LinuxWorld: The new feel of LinuxWorld Expo

Feb 02, 2001, 09:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Changes. The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo (LWCE) in New York City is different this year. Although I haven't been able to put my finger on exactly what the differences are, they're real. Instead of attending the high-tech keynote by IBM's president and chief operating officer, Samuel J. Palmisano, when the show officially opened at 10 a.m., I took advantage of the relatively low traffic volume during the presentation and strolled through the exhibition area."

"The aisles seemed wider this year, while at the same time there appeared to be more exhibitors. All the major players were there: Sun, IBM, HP, Dell, Red Hat, SuSE, Compaq, SGI. The list of tier-one names alone is too long to recite in its entirety. The old Linux crowd seems lost in the land of suits. In contrast, I felt overdressed because I was wearing a nearly new "GNU's Not Linux" black T-shirt instead of my faded glory that commemorates HoHoCon '93...."

"And I finally got to meet James Hills, a young man who writes game reviews, interviews, and other things. I've been corresponding with him for about a year. James noted that the crowd at this year's Expo was more about business. Last year it was all about the money that the big firms were throwing around. This year it's all about "OK, how can we really make this stuff work in our business." I think he made a very astute observation."

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