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LinuxMall.com: �berLinux: The Organizers of Germany's LinuxTag

Jun 28, 2000, 21:22 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The organizers of LinuxTag in Stuttgart, Germany hope that it will continue to impact IT businesses and European policy as well as informing and entertaining an expected 20,000 attendees. LinuxTag, German for Linux Day, runs June 29 through July 2."

"Michael Croon and Martin Schulze, LinuxTag press speakers, and Torsten Spindler, conference speech organizer, conveyed their excitement about this year's event in a recent interview. "The special thing about LinuxTag is the fact that it is sort of an `Open Source' project itself," the group explained. "Everybody is invited to join the group and help to get the show on track. The whole team (about 15 core team members) works on a volunteer basis. The aim is to provide as much information as possible to the visitors. Instead of making profits (or paying a salary to the team members), as much money as possible is reinvested into the quality of the event."

"As Linux's business recognition has grown, so has LinuxTag--right out of its former home at the University of Kaiserslautern. The event's increased attendance and the demand for a broader spectrum of events prompted the group's move to Stuttgart. "LinuxTag started five years ago as a small exhibition of students with roughly 50 attendees," the organizers explained. "The organization has become more professional for each new event, and they acquired new people to help them. Last year, there were about 7,000 people visiting LinuxTag. This year, we expect some 20,000 people to attend the show."

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