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ZDNet: Ghetto Life - The value of the Linux-only trade show is about to end

Jul 17, 2000, 23:41 (9 Talkback[s])
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"I wonder whether we really need Linux-only trade shows anymore. I can certainly see the merit of Linux conference streams, as well as pure Linux technical conferences such as the ones being held this week in Ottawa and later this year in Atlanta. But I wonder if it really helps the advancement of Linux to keep it segregated."

"As Linux makes its way into the computing mainstream, its companies are competing not only with other Linux companies but with the marketplace at large. Most corporate computer users are looking for solutions, not raw technologies. To them Linux (or Unix, Windows, or whatever) is a means to an end, not the end in itself. Linux-related companies must be prepared to compete side-by-side with the whole computing marketplace, or risk not being taken seriously."

"And thus I wonder how relevant Linux-only trade shows will be in the coming months. Recent experiences with Linux-only shows in Montreal and Kansas City have been disappointing, indicating that this particular gold rush is definitely over."

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