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32BitsOnline: The Penguin melts Atlanta

Oct 23, 1999, 17:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Beimler, John Beimler)

"Have you ever gone to a conference and suddenly discovered you were having fun? Or, that you actually enjoyed speaking with your fellow conference goers and even some of the people on the show floor? Maybe you discovered people who were passionate about what they were doing and were actually having fun? A dream you say? Not if you attended the Atlanta Linux Showcase, Oct. 12-16, 1999."

"Don't get me wrong. There was some heavy duty business going on - press releases, recruiting, partnerships being formed, new code being developed, and new technologies that went screaming past everything else. The fact is, big business is finally paying attention to Linux and money is starting to get thrown around."

"This conference was a little different than your neighborhood Comdex, though. It was based on the premise that those who were interested in Linux and the OpenSource community could get together, learn from each other, and improve existing technology. According to their own press release, "The Atlanta Linux Showcase is the community's premier technical and community show organized and run by a group of computer professionals wishing to help promote Linux. ALS was founded in 1997 and is run entirely by volunteers. Last years show was the largest Linux event in 1998 drawing its attendees from 23 countries. The Atlanta Linux Showcase, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. For more information visit www.linuxshowcase.org." Touted by event coordinators as an event based on technology instead of marketing and sales, it largely accomplished its goal."

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