"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
"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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