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Cork Lug: Linux at Windows World, what happened, a report.

May 16, 2000, 00:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Donncha O Caoimh)

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"The Irish Linux Community was asked to host a stand at Windows World, or e-XPO as it is now called by Mark Egan of Scope, sponsors of the event. If you'd like to read more about the build-up, take a look at the original Linux at Windows World article I wrote last week...."

"Put simply, there was a whole lot of interest in Linux at the show. There was 2 to 3 people visiting our stand the whole time, sometimes people were actually lining up outside waiting to talk to one of us! Visitors to the stand included people from all walks of life. An NT admin asked me about Linux training because a relative was earning $90,000 in the USA doing a Linux job. A priest asked about DTP and Linux, and although Linux does have a Frame Maker beta it's probably best left to the Mac right now...."

"As an aside, I'd like to draw a comparision between the Microsoft and Corel stands. From my description above I hope it was obvious how visitor friendly and "interactive" the Corel stand was. People could go and play with Linux on the Corel stand and get guidance on how an application works from someone who knows the software. The Microsoft stand couldn't have been more different. It was impressive, very impressive actually. They split the stand in two and provided seating for people to watch demos of Windows 2000 on a screen comparable in size to the screen Corel had. Only problem was, it was like being back in school. Feedback wasn't possible. People did attend the demos Microsoft laid on, most of the time the seating was filled during the demos, but outside of the demos? Empty. You might see a Microsoft guy jotting down some notes but otherwise visitors had nothing to see. I wonder why they wouldn't let attendees play with Windows 2000 boxes?"

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