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Linux and Main: Notes from LinuxWorld Conference and Expo

Jan 27, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"One of the problems in trying to characterize this year's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York City is figuring out which trends are unique to Linux and which ones apply to computing in general. The 'wow factor' was definitely absent from the 2003 LWCE, but is it present anywhere else in the industry?

"As numerous commentators have noted, this year's LWCE was small and suit-centric, a continuation of a trend very evident at last year's event. While everything there was sure to be of interest to someone, the overall sense of cutting-edge excitement was gone. And there was something more--or, rather, there wasn't--in that the conference seemed devoid of a center, for lack of a better word. The thole thing seemed peripheral to some unspecified big show.

"The business-centric nature of the proceedings was entirelty understandable, for the same reason that Willie Sutton chose banks to rob: That's where the money is. The traditional Linux community is notorious for its insistence that everything be free as in free of cost, and Linux-related companies have decided to turn their attention to those who are accustomed to paying for things. Makes perfect sense, too: Linux offers businesses much more reliability, security, and power for much less money..."

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