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LinuxPlanet: LinuxWorld Expo New Haven for Corporate Users, Vendors

Jan 27, 2003, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"I explained some of the fundementals of X, what window managers were, what desktop environments were about, that sort of thing. I showed him Mozilla, and KOffice, and more of Evolution. He asked about an office suite he heard ran on Linux, and I told him that was OpenOffice.org. I surfed over to that site as I was explaining what OO was, and said that while I had not installed it yet on this machine, I used it at home and thought it handled most Office docs pretty well.

"'You know, I had heard they could get Linux to run on anything, so I guess that's true,' he said, sitting back. I glanced at his name tag: Rob K-something or other--I just caught a glimpse. Before I could ask his name and occupation, he was up off the bench, thanking me and telling me he had a meeting to attend. (I think he saw my media badge and got edgy--or maybe it was what I'd eaten for lunch.)

"This conversation, though, sticks out in my memories of last week's LinuxWorld Expo, which are all a blur of press briefings, booth visits, and conversations held while walking down the aisles through crowds of people. It sticks out because Rob was someone who was clearly new to Linux, eager to engage total strangers to learn about it..."

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