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Linux Gazette: 0800-LINUX: Creating a Free Linux-only ISP, Part II

Jul 08, 2000, 20:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carlos Betancourt)

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"It has been a very exciting month. Since the previous article about this project in June's issue of Linux Gazette, I have received over 40 replies, a virtual host to set up a web page and mailing list, and an Invitation to Global Linux 2000 in Seoul, Korea! Thanks to all of you who wrote and have helped out with resources, ideas and enthusiasm. I have learned a lot and have a more clear vision of the actions to take in order to achieve our goals. Also new dangers have arisen, or at least I have acknowledged, to the Linux community, so now I have a deep sense of urgency and total commitment to the project. New services ideas are on the works and some companies are starting to join. From the e-mail I have received to the friends and contacts I made in Global Linux 2000, I'm impressed to see how many people want this project to come true."

"Pascal Bleser, from ATOS, has offered to host the project's home page at http://open-isp.linuxbe.org He has also set up a mailing list to host further discussion on creating a Linux-only ISP. ...Jakob Borg, from Denmark, voluntarily created and submitted the Open ISP Logo..."

"I was invited by the LinuxGreenhouse to join them at Global Linux 2000, during June 14-17. There, I had the opportunity to meet people from the FSF, Linux start-ups, hardware manufacturers, Gnome Hackers, Gimp Artists, Korean Linux companies, well-known Linux distributors and integrators, as well as Free Software personalities, to name just a few. There was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. I had meetings with several companies' representatives, presenting the project and answering all their questions about how to profit by supporting the project. For instance, it would be a great opportunity for Korean companies to expose their hardware solutions to public view in European an American markets. There are lots of small and medium hardware integrators/manufacturers who focus only on the Asian market, due to the high costs of setting up offices in Europe or North America, without mentioning the huge costs of publicity and public relations they have to pay to compete in such markets."

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