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Linux.com: LinuxTag 2000 Report

Jul 03, 2000, 11:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It was huge -- real huge -- and organized by a group of devoted volunteers. This alone makes LinuxTag 2000, the largest free software event in Europe, something memorable. The organizers expected between 15,000 and 20,000 people to show up at the Stuttgart Congress Center, and roughly 17,000 came. LinuxTag started on Thursday, July 29, with a business conference. The business day featured a whole set of presentations that were specifically geared towards business people, most of them explaining the open source idea and focusing on what Linux can do for businesses. LinuxTag was open to the general public from Friday to Sunday."

"For those three days, the German city of Stuttgart became the European mecca for Linux and Open Source enthusiasts. More than 100 companies and about 25 software projects set up booths in the fair and, if that wasn't enough, roughly 100 talks and presentations were offered to the crowd. All of this for free, as in free beer."

"The highlights of this year's conference included Richard M. Stallman's keynote address, Alan Cox' talk about Open Source Software Development and Illiad of User Friendly's talk about "Building an Online Geek Nation." It is safe to say that among 100 talks at this year's Linuxtalk, there was something to be found for everyone. Topics ranged from "What is Linux" to "Performance Programming for X" or "DCOP" or "Bonobo," just to name a few."

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