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The Bazaar
An EarthWeb Event
December 14, 15, and 16, 1999
Jacob K. Javitz Center, New York, NY

The Bazaar is the foremost interactive educational event in support of the free and open source software movement. This movement, founded and supported through a massive global development community, embodies two major segments of the software industry committed to solving complex computing problems for users, notably in the area of enterprise and internet-based development:

1) The Free and Open Source Community - this community is composed of the visionaries, risk takers, designers, coders, and maintainers of the growing number of foundation technologies available today as free and open source software.

2) Product and Service Companies - leadership software, hardware and service enterprises motivated by the passion and excellence of the community and driven by the promise of the resultant technologies. Product companies embrace the foundation projects and build upon them. They also insure that popular layered application, tools, middleware, languages, and more can live with, and enhance, the open source accomplishments.

The Bazaar is the only conference to provide a separate but equal voice to both parties for the benefit of the end user. The Bazaar not only provides an environment for the visionaries of Open Source to meet and discuss current and future advancements in the community but also provides the only hands-on and workshop oriented instruction for users taught by leading product and education companies in the industry.

The Bazaar is accepting submissions from these two major contributing areas:
1) The Community and Projects
2) Product Implementations and Case Studies

Community and Projects:
The Bazaar welcomes submissions that support any and all projects relevant to the Open Source movement. A submission can take the following forms:

  • Project status and live demonstration.
  • Practice reports highlighting personal experiences with the use of particular project in a controlled environment.
  • Experience reports highlighting multi-user/team efforts, cross platform or interoperability exercises, enterprise or mission critical system development and collaborative efforts between projects.
  • Advanced technology briefings defining development efforts 12-24 months out.

Each submission will be evaluated for technical excellence and community and/or industry relevance.

Product Implementations and Case Studies:
Many Fortune 500 companies are purchasing or considering implementations of Linux, Apache, and other Open Source projects. Traditional buying habits dictate a requirement of solid support from the vendor community to insure rapid acceptance of the technologies and approaches. In turn, vendors are dependent on advances provided by the open source development efforts to serve as a baseline for many of their own products. Vendors who can illustrate a commitment to the community by:

  • Selling or servicing a distribution.
  • Providing education on any open source technology or variant.
  • Having ported enterprise, application, or development products to Linux.
  • Providing services or tools in support of Apache.
  • Developing their own open source or free software project.
  • Promoting or using other open source projects within a product suite.

are eligible to present at The Bazaar. A select number of vendors will be given the opportunity to deliver hands-on sessions or interactive architectural workshops that highlight their product, service or educational efforts. A limited number of 300 desktop Linux systems will be made available to teach development methodologies, products or product suites.

Submissions may take the following form:

  • Tutorials
  • Case Studies (technical content required)
  • Workshops (limited classroom size, interactive, with pre-registration required)
  • Hands-on Instruction (limited classroom size, interactive, with pre-registration required)
  • Product Status

Submissions will be evaluated for:

  • Technical and educational merit
  • Relevancy to the market place and industry
  • Support of the community

Authors are requested to submit complete papers and abstracts by September 17, 1999. All submissions must be in electronic form, in PostScript or PDF, Word or HTML. Please include the following information:

VENDOR OR PROJECT (select one):

  • AREA OF SPECIALITY (e.g. Security):
  • TARGET AUDIENCE (technical or management):
  • FORM OF PRESENATION (ie Experience report, tutorial, etc):
  • DESCRIPTION (500 words or less):

If you are proposing a hands-on sessions please specify whether you are requesting a 3 or 5 hour slot. Shorter sessions will not be considered. If a topic warrants more than 5 hours of hands-on please specify as it may qualify for a special boot camp.

Please submit all entries to Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via e-mail. If you do not receive notification, contact: For more information or instruction on how to submit to The Bazaar please contact Lydia Bennett, Conference Chair, General information on The Bazaar can be found at