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LinuxWorld: Torvalds opens LinuxWorld Expo with keynote address

Feb 03, 2000, 04:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Linus Torvalds kicked off the third LinuxWorld Expo with his keynote address this morning at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Like the venue itself, Linus's keynote was a little different than usual.

"Scheduled for 9:30 a.m., the keynote didn't get started until nearly 10 as he waited for the crowd to pour into Javits and the exhibition hall. The line appeared to be longer than the last one in San Jose, but there were still seats left vacant when he took the stage, both in the 200-seat press section and in the general seating area."

"One thing that made this Linus keynote different is that instead of going through the usual slides-and-spiel and then turning the session into a question-and-answer session, Linus went through a list of questions that he had selected himself, after having been asked them numerous times in the past."

"The first question that Linus posed to himself was the spectre of Linux fragmentation..."

"The next question went straight to the heart of many in the audience: the issue of Linux and money, and the potential clash between commercialism and traditional Linux values."

"The third and final question Linus asked himself had to do with the next release of the Linux kernel, version 2.4."

"I've learned from earlier keynotes that it is important to pay close attention to what Linus says. In San Jose last August, he casually mentioned that Linux was seeing a lot of interest in the embedded market. Since then, embedded Linux has popped up everywhere... So I'm really looking forward to seeing the benchmarks comparing Linux 2.4 and Microsoft Windows which Linus mentioned."

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