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CNET News.com: Cruise line seeks geeks for Perl diving

Aug 15, 2000, 04:59 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Software such as Perl and Linux, once reserved for only the most technically minded, has become increasingly important to corporate IT managers and Web designers. The result is a boom in demand for intensive learning, creating a market apparenty large enough to support a tech-focused cruise."

"Bauman has several more Geek Cruises on deck, including the Java Jam in November, XML Excursion in January 2001 and Linux Lunacy in October 2001, all to parts of the Caribbean, and the Database Discovery in June 2001 to Alaska's Inside Passage."

"For Linux Lunacy, Bauman has already lined up open-source luminaries such as Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond and Richard Stallman, along with Linuxcare co-founders Art Tyde and Dave Sifry. The intersection of computer classes and the high seas has made for some interesting times, such as a seminar on CGI programming techniques during Perl Whirl. "The class was interrupted by a breaching whale," Ownbey said. The group took a break in the middle of class to witness the rather unusual sight of a whale doing five or six complete somersaults."

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