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IT Manager's Journal: Enterprise Linux Forum: Small But Important Event

Oct 28, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"Big shows like LinuxWorld get loads of press attention and, because of this, are often where vendors and free software projects make their most important 'Lookit our new whatever!' announcements. But smaller conferences, such as last week's Enterprise Linux Forum [ELF], are just as important in their own way and may even be more effective venues for Linux advocacy than the giants. That's why I like to go to them whenever I can.

"Sometimes it's not the size of the audience that matters, but the quality. It may seem wasteful to have a high-end speaker such as Ximian's Nat Friedman talking about desktop Linux advances to a room with only 30 or 40 people in it, but when half of those people are highly-placed IT executives or government agency CIOs, and many of them are taking notes and asking cogent questions, Nat is probably doing more good in a 'Let's spread the Linux word' sense than he'd do in front of 200 LUG members who already run Linux all day..."

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