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Byte.com: Wednesday is awards day at Comdex

Nov 19, 1999, 18:53 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

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"Finally, we come to Best of Show. Traditionally, the Best of Show award is given to one of the winners in another category, but this time that seemed plain wrong. The real news of Comdex was the Linux Business Exposition. In a sense, the real news about the Linux Business Exposition -- what I called the Linux pavillion in previous reports -- was that there was a Linux pavillion. You only had to go over there to see the excitement."

"But granted that Linux was somehow the most important action at this show, who gets an award? There are many varieties of Linux, and many Linux products. There's hardware and software, applications and utilities, as well as flavors of the operating system. On reflection, we decided that the proper recipient of the award is the Linux Business Exposition itself."

"Thus, I handed the Byte.com award for Best of Show at Comdex/Fall 99 to Sonny Suslow, the emperor penguin and general business manager of the Linux Business Expo for Softbank/Ziff-Davis. We first gave the award to my lovely assistant -- the Penguin Systems penguin. She passed it on to Sonny. It seemed symbolically correct."

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