Here's a collection of links, roundups, and video clips from
LinuxWorld Expo, including video of Linus Torvalds discussing the
future of the GPL and MP3's/Real streams of Lawrence Lessig's
interesting hour-long talk on the importance of political activism
on the part of open source developers.
LinuxLookup has brief rundowns of events for days one,
"The .org pavilion had showings from LTSP, NetBSD, GNU,
Free Software Foundation, KDE, WindowMaker, Open Source Development
Labs, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and much more. I made sure
to visit the Debian booth and purchase a few t-shirts to help
support my favourite distro.
This was my first time at such a large Linux event and I was
quite happy with what I came back with. I met some great people,
learned about some new products, and overall I had a fantastic
"Some of the corporate booths at this year's San
Francisco LinuxWorld were bigger than what Microsoft puts up at
regional "generic" computer shows. But the orgs -- the volunteer
and cooperative groups that are the heart of Linux and Open Source,
are still around (although hidden, as usual, behind the huge
commercial displays), unfazed, unbattered and proud."
"My feet are tired, but not as tired as they would be
if this week's LinuxWorld in San Francisco had been as big as
previous ones. There was a good collection of big, slick corporate
booths, the kind that cost $100,000 or more to build (plus fees to
be there at all), and a number of smaller commercial exhibitors.
There were even a few semi-exciting products on display, but not
nearly as many as at past LinuxWorld Expos.
I am tired of covering trade shows. I have been to enough of
them that none of them seem to offer anything new. Yes, this
company has a server that is a little faster and smaller than the
ones they were selling last year, and so-and-so has replaced
version 5.3.4 of their software with version 5.3.4.00001 and is
making major hoopla over it, but so what? Been there, done that,
got the sore feet and dozens of logo-emblazoned T-shirts to prove
it. The swag level this week is down from previous Linux shows, a
phenomenon that is not Linux-specific; every computer industry show
I've been to in 2001 has less swag, fewer exhibitors, and fewer
attendees than last year."
LinuxDevices.com links to a collection of video from CNET:
Open source and commercial challenges --
Apache founder Brian Behlendorf and Linux kernel founder Linus
Torvalds talk about issues pertaining to the commercialization of
Linux and how companies can both make money and compete on an open
The future of the GPL -- Brian Behlendorf and
Linus Torvalds talk about the shelf life of the GPL, and whether it
should be kept alive.
Open source creates an even playing field --
Linux founder Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel, former technology
chief at SuSE, discuss what's most important to the open-source
community. Torvalds holds that there is no overarching focus, yet
Hohndel says the market might think otherwise.
Some cool devices running Embedded Linux, including Compaq
iPAQ, an Earthlink telematics device, and the HP Digital