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NewsForge: A Low-Cost, Linux-based Conference Registration System

Dec 21, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

[ Thanks to Shayde for this link. ]

"Massachusetts resident Dave Belfer-Shevett likes to attend both technical and science fiction conferences, and for years he has been appalled by the poor systems they used for registration and badge printing. 'I could do better than this,' he said. And so he did--using Linux, MySQL, and surplus hardware he picked up on eBay and elsewhere.

"This is how Linux-based businesses are born these days. An itch is found that is not necessarily the programmer's, and in the scratching process an opportunity to make money appears--and is exploited.

"This is not communism, even though some proprietary software boosters want you to believe communism is the predominant economic theory behind Linux and Open Source. Rather, this is capitalism in its purest form, specifically of the 'find a need and fill it' variety..."

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