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CBS MarketWatch: Linus, Linux steal the Comdex show

Nov 20, 1999, 19:41 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tarsala)

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"A Cinderella by the name of Linus Torvalds stole the Comdex ball from the likes of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Hewlett-Packard's newly appointed chief Carly Fiorina."

"Torvalds is an unlikely technology celebrity, and seemingly unfit to address the masses at the nation's largest technology gathering at the Las Vegas show's 20th anniversary event. He hasn't founded an internationally known company. He doesn't have Bill Gates' $90 billion net worth or Fiorina's $80 million annual paycheck. But what he does have is an army of technology supporters - call them the Linus Legion - bent on pushing his so-called "open source" Linux. They're trying to build the operating system that bears his misspelled name into an alternative for running computers ranging from the biggest mainframes down to the smallest of handheld personal organizers."

"Is Linux for real? Ask the 30,000-plus guests who visited the Linux Business Expo, part of Comdex, the nation's largest technology trade show. To be sure, there's a buzz about Linux, and it stems from the fact that the guts of it are available for free. Since Torvalds invented the Unix variant in 1991, he's given away the programming instructions to anyone who wants them. Anyone who wants to tinker with his work can do so for free, too."

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