LinuxPlanet: Editor’s Note: Attending the Linux Business Expo

[ Thanks to Kevin
for this link. ]

“The Linux Business Expo–held in conjunction with Spring COMDEX
and Windows World in Chicago–didn’t have the same sense of
excitement that you found at previous Linux shows. Part of the
reason for that was logistical, as Spring COMDEX tends to draw
smaller crowds than Fall COMDEX. And part of the reason had to do
with timing, as Montreal’s Linux Expo attracted a wide range of
Linux vendors (Red Hat Software, Stormix, Linux-Mandrake) that
skipped Linux Business Expo.”

“So how successful was Linux Business Expo in pushing the Linux
agenda? Moderately. Between meetings with Linux vendors–which I’ll
cover a little later–I spent some time watching attendees visit
the Linux booths to see what they were asking for.”

Generally, the attendees fell into two camps: folks who
knew Linux well and were using it on a personal level, and folks
who didn’t use Linux intimately but were curious enough to sit
through a presentation. I can’t say that there were a lot of
sophisticated Linux users at the show, but there was a general
awareness of Linux that made baseline Linux evangelism