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SJ Mercury/AP: LinuxWorld Conference To Open

Aug 14, 2000, 16:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cliff Edwards)

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"As the new kid on the block, the Linux computer operating system once had few friends besides the stereotypical technology geek whose idea of fun was spending hours rewriting software code. But as that same kid begins to gather dozens of new electronic toys around it, Linux has suddenly become part of the in crowd -- and an increasing threat to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows monopoly."

"Linux is moving out of the fringe and gaining even more followers in manufacturers of devices for the consumer marketplace. The show is being used as a forum to introduce how the software will be used in everything from electronic organizers to wristwatches to gaming consoles. "All of a sudden, it's become something that is actually affecting consumers," said Amy Wohl of independent consulting firm Wohl Associates, which tracks the industry.

"When LinuxWorld Conference & Expo first started, people came to find out what Linux was all about," said Charlie Greco, chief executive of IDG World Expo, which is sponsoring the event. "Now people come to get a glimpse of the future."

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