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LinuxToday.com.au: Deja View - All Over Again

Mar 15, 2000, 00:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to Mike Cannon-Brookes for this link. ]

"...last week's Linux Open Source Expo held at Darling Harbour in Sydney... ran alongside an associated two-day conference... on the edge of the bigger IT2000 expo. ...occupied around 15 to 20% of the total floor space. However, it took up considerably more mind space. This was especially apparent from the expo media room - located on a balcony directly overlooking the Linux space."

"At one point early on Wednesday morning, the Linux suburb was packed while, metaphorically at least, the remaining show had enough room to accommodate migrating herds of wildebeest. Even late Friday afternoon, typically a winding down period, saw crowds around the Linux stands."

"So, what's my take on this? Basically I have to say I've been here before. Twenty years ago I worked on a microcomputer magazine - that's pre-PC small computers. At the time many people said micros would never be accepted by the mainstream - but the grass roots thought otherwise. Some of us knew small computers would change the world. The Linux expo had the same buzz as the early microcomputing shows - and the same air of excited anticipation."

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