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Mar 06, 1999, 12:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Amid LinuxWorld hoopla, hackers and suits eye each other warily."

"Linus Torvalds finally got his cue to leave the monster party that capped the first full day of LinuxWorld when the band started playing. It wasn't the paparazzi-like press that forced him out, or the throngs of adulatory fans pestering him for autographs. Torvalds accepted those indignities with customary grace. But there was no avoiding the band, a Devo-ish collection of wackos who were generating some serious noise. And Torvalds' two very small daughters, Patricia and Daniela, simply could not be expected to put up with such techno-punk pyrotechnics."

"What kind of man would bring a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old to a party attended by literally thousands of beer- and wine-guzzling geeks hopped up on the exhilaration of the free software/open-source movement at a moment of triumph? A family man, actually. Larry Augustin, the chairman of LinuxWorld, noted during his introduction of Torvalds as keynote speaker that the conference staff had become alarmed when they couldn't find Torvalds just before the sound check. Not to worry, said Torvalds' wife, Tove -- he'd gone to get the diaper bag."

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