"For the general public, Linux is just an operating system. But
for many of the users and fans, it's a religion. If Linux is a
religion, then LinuxWorld Expo is its mecca. Where else can you
find a higher density of open source believers per square mile?
This year's Expo is a bittersweet review of the whirlwind that the
Linux community has gone through in the last year. We have seen
numerous Linux companies go public and fall out of the IPO sky like
flies. Yet, despite the financial backlash that Linux has
received, we have not given up the fight. The number of new
Linux-focused companies has grown exponentially and we are seeing
open source software innovate and develop like never before. We
have witnessed Linux grow from just a "clone of Unix" in people's
minds to Linux being adopted as the most popular server OS
available. The Linux community is more determined than ever and you
can see this in the enthusiasm gleaming in the eyes of every
visitor at LinuxWorld."
"With an initial estimate of 20,000 attendees, this is the
largest gathering for a LinuxWorld event. This is a far stretch
from last year where you could count the number of open parking
spaces, but this year there is no breathing room. Everywhere you
turn, there's evidence that Linux has arrived. From the flyers
littering the parking lot, to the bumper stickers and T-shirts that
claim "I love Linux", it seems that everyone who is interested in
Linux is here. You can't miss the presence of the media here. The
network TV stations are here along with local newspeople. This
definitely has the attention of the media."
"Today's keynote address was from Michael Dell who preached the
promising future of Linux. Dell discussed his company's efforts to
focus on Linux for server infrastructure. He mentioned that Dell is
spending more R&D dollars on Linux than any other OS. What that
means, you can figure out. While Michael Dell energized the crowd
at first, there were some tense moments when numerous audience
members berated Dell for charging a premium price for a Linux
system as compared to a Windows server. He tried to avoid the issue
as best as possible, but the audience pursued the issue. Finally,
he answered that people should be looking for an OS that offers
applications with the most value."
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