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Linux at COMDEX in India

Dec 09, 1999, 08:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emmett Plant)

By Emmett Plant Editor, Linux Today

I'm a really big fan of Indian food and culture, and now, with India embracing Linux, even more so. While India's COMDEX (taking place this week) is nowhere as large as the one in Las Vegas last month, there are still sessions devoted to Linux.

Here's a sample of the Linux offerings from the COMDEX-India schedule:

  • Fundamentals of Linux - This is an introductory session on Linux that covers: what it is; how it is developed, distributed and supported; how its features compare to other OSs; and when you should consider adopting it. We will also discuss requirements for installing Linux - hardware, device driver availability and boot options - as well as some Linux GUIs - X-Windows and Gnome.
  • Linux in Your Enterprise - Bringing Linux into your enterprise requires decisions based on technology, architecture and usage. To do this, you need to understand the architecture, tradeoffs, and the application development strategies. We will discuss server Linux, desktop Linux, and the applications and application development tools available. This session focuses on what works and what doesn't.
  • Linux Cross Platform Integration - Most companies are installing Linux in a mixed operating environment, so this session deals with the issues and techniques needed to make it a well-behaved participant. This session will discuss: its role; networking with TCP/IP: Linux as a web server; NFS and NIS support; PPP on Linux; Samba for NT environments; automating Linux using Perl; and scaling Linux in a clustering environment.

This all sounds great, but better yet, Jon 'maddog' Hall, will be a guest speaker.

Maddog's a very big fan of Linux integration worldwide, and if his recent travels are any indication, the man just loves Asia. His keynote is titled 'Take No Prisoners.' While SCO and Microsoft will also be represented at COMDEX-India, I'm willing to bet that maddog will be the star of the show.

One odd point, however, deserves to be brought up. On COMDEX-India's printed schedules, it lists a panel discussion called 'Why You Should Not Use Linux,' hosted by Vijay Mukhi, President of VMCI, Mumbai. But if you check the updated online schedule, this session has disappeared into the ether. I can't even find good Mr. Mukhi's name mentioned anywhere on the COMDEX site. Curious? I am, too. Was the panel pulled? Could it be... lack of interest? I'm merely postulating, of course, but this is COMDEX, and I can't imagine panels get cancelled willy-nilly.

So, if you're a Linux enthusiast, and you live anywhere near New Delhi, get to COMDEX and help get the word out about Linux. If current momentum continues, they may have a Linux Business Expo at every COMDEX worldwide!