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Duke of URL: LinuxWorld: Day One Coverage

Aug 16, 2000, 12:18 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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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