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Geeknews.org: A Report on LinuxFest 2000

Jul 10, 2000, 13:12 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by mike@geeknews.org)

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"...I guess the first question most of you are thinking is "Would you go back for LinuxFest 2001?" The answer to that is a mixed one. I would only if the organization of the show was to be a lot better and if the show had adequate staffing to actually run it. I think a special mention should go to the Kansas City Linux Users Group for working hard to rescue the show and for flying in Emmett from Slashdot to help the show out. They worked hard to keep the show alive in what I would call a true community spirit."

"I have been reading on Slashdot that a lot of people think that the reason the show was a bit of a bust was due to its location, implying that the Kansas City area was not big enough to host an event of this type. Now, I don't know much about the demographics, etc. of Kansas City but what I can say is that the local people I met who attended the show were great and wanted to learn about Linux. I think the bane of this show were again a lack of organization and a lack of advertising."

"I just want to take a second to also mention my impressions regarding the makeup of the show participants. I noticed that the show had a somewhat wide range of vendors, both Linux-specific and not so specific. They had vendors from places like Lineo and MaxSpeed to name a few but what stuck out in my mind was their lack of a real showing of Linux community members. Where were the people from KDE? From GNOME? From Linux.com? This is not to say that there were none, as I said the crew from LinuxFund were there as were PhatLinux (if I missed anyone else my apologies) but generally there were more business-style booths than community booths. However, the business booths were for a broad range of products. This brings me to my next point: I think the show ran into trouble due to its lack of focus. I don't think the organizers had a target audience in mind when the booked booths. If they wanted to have a more business-flavour to the show they certainly should have had more than say, just one Linux vendor, and perhaps it might have been wise to concentrate on a general business theme (i.e. Linux and corporations or Linux and the small business with appropriate vendors). If the organizers wanted to have a more community-style show they needed perhaps more than just a few booths for Orgs, they should have tried to include reps from all facets of the Linux community."

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