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Linux Journal: Geeks on the Half Shell 2.0, Part 1

Nov 02, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"It was hard to top the first Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise, but the second one did the job nicely.

"Co-sponsored by Geek Cruises and Linux Journal, both trips departed Ft. Lauderdale for a week of topical talks and intensive schmoozing, interrupted by shore excursions at various ports of call. Where last year's trip journeyed to the Eastern Caribbean (the far points were Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), this year's looped around the Western Caribbean, stopping at Cozumel, Grand Cayman Island, Jamaica and Half Moon Cay. The latter is a tiny island owned by Holland America, which operates the ms Maasdam, our ship for both cruises.

"Geek Cruises is the brainchild of 'Captain' Neil Bauman, who has led thirteen of these junkets so far. The original idea was to combine the best of two very different worlds: the industry event and the vacation cruise. The result is more than the sum of those parts. I go to a lot of trade events, and I don't think any of them does more to move forward the thinking of everybody who participates. And certainly none of them does more with a venue..."

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