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InfoWorld: Making streaming media useful... [Petreley review of Linux4U.com]

Oct 20, 1999, 16:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"...many Web publications still treat the Internet as if it is the electronic equivalent of a print magazine... Likewise, I can see that some sites are stuck in the age of television when it comes to streaming video."

"The site www.linux4u.com, on the other hand, is a good example of what you get when you do it right. This site -- sponsored by VA Linux Systems, Red Hat, and Linuxcare -- hosts a number of seminars you can view with RealNetworks' Real Player.

So far, www.linux4u.com has hosted talks by Tim O'Reilly, of O'Reilly and Associates; Jon 'Maddog' Hall, executive director of Linux International; Jeremy Allison, co-creator of Samba; and analysts Dan Kusnetzky at IDC and Greg Weiss at DH Brown. Naturally, you get to pick which speaker you want to watch."

"...I'm not yet a big fan of streaming video. So, when I finally got around to it, I planned to watch only a couple of minutes of one of the presentations -- just enough to get an idea of what they are like.

Instead, I eventually browsed through all of them. ...these aren't the kinds of seminars that hold my attention. They're designed more for IT managers who don't fully understand the origins or value of open-source software. ...I was fascinated enough to browse through all of the talks because the producer of the material understood the medium."

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