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Slashdot: Linux And The G-Men: FOSE 2000

Apr 21, 2000, 19:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...for the first time, just a quick stroll from the 50,000 square foot Microsoft display, this year's FOSE [Federal Office Systems Exposition] floor also featured Linux vendors and a dedicated Linux pavilion."

"Linux at computer trade shows is nothing new -- but this show in particular targets no one outside the largest buyer of computers and software in the entire world, bar none: the Feds. The Federal government spends upward of 35 billion dollars each year on computer systems and software; how much more depends on who you ask."

"The main-floor [Linux] pavillion was the brainchild of Northern Virginia LUG (NoVaLUG) member Tim Bogart, by day a network server administrator for a major telecommunications company, and furthered by Lois Rude, industry manager with FOSE. After a Washington-area Linux exposition was cancelled nearly a year ago, Bogart asked himself and fellow LUG members "Why don't we get in on the real action?""

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