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Linux Journal: The FOSE Report: The View from NOVALUG

May 04, 2000, 08:49 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A review of the Linux Solutions panel at this year's FOSE."

"SGI's Jan Silverman (VP Marketing) kicked off the panel and set the tone for the speakers. Silverman's presentation was a corporate spiel, including some very informational graphs, that painted Linux as the winner in the race for market growth rate (in 1998-99, Linux grew by 93.2%). He explained how Wall Street loves Linux (especially in the investment arena of supercomputers, Beowulf clusters, etc.), and how 52% of the "Vendor Authorized Resellers" for software consider Linux to be a viable alternative for any OS solution (this rate of acceptance is growing). He had a "Top Ten reasons why Linux is winning" list, and a "Top Five things limiting Linux" list. The winning list was a very high-level highlight of the advantages of Linux. Just the obvious points, why it's reliable, scalable, fast, powerful, developer base, etc. The limiting-list had only one decent point: Mainstream, traditional companies haven't yet figured out how to make a dollar by selling free software. His four other points were superficial, and indicative of the corporate aloofness from the robust resourcefulness that comprises the Open Source community; I would be glad to send you them, should you want them. Silverman used PowerPoint slides."

"Chris Dibona batted second, and gave a heck of a straightforward talk about "Linux & The Government: Why it Works". The crowd gathered to hear the panel discussions was quite small, maybe about seven people, tops. Three of those were open source players, including myself, and the other four consisted of the PR manager for Corel, a FOSE staff person, a curious audience member with esoteric and non-specific questions about mainframes, and another private press photographer. Among the topics Chris touched upon were Chris' role in the Open Source community, the reliability of Linux, the cost effectiveness, how open-source sharing works, and the freedom behind it all. Chris was brief; he used Linux, pulling slides up from the Web, through his laptop connection."

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