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ZDNet: Oh say can you CeBIT?

Mar 29, 2001, 21:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Few people would have the inclination -- or the legs -- to walk the equivalent of a few dozen crowded Moscone Centers, but your humble scribe did his level best, looking among the more than 8,000 exhibiting vendors to see just how mainstream Linux and open source software has become. Unlike most recent Comdex shows in which Linux was a sideshow, or Linux-only events which attract mainly the already-faithful, CeBIT offers a haven for Linux folk while providing maximum exposure to the public."

"To me, CeBIT handled the Linux presence just right. Linux was nicely scattered throughout the show. I saw only a few buildings -- mainly the telecom and banking system ones -- that didn't have at least one plush penguin prominently displayed somewhere. Most of the conventional Linux vendors, as well as Linux International, were in Hall three in a Linux pavilion. A smaller grouping was in hall six, and those who could afford it had their own booths."

"A number of companies not thought of as Linux vendors used penguins to proclaim their support. The German applications giant SAP had a large penguin staring across an aisle toward the massive Microsoft display, and at least a few people I saw snickered as they walked by."

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