"Imagine you're a kid again and you're standing in front of
a candy store peering through the glass at the goodies. Well,
if you were lucky enough to be at LinuxWorld Expo this year, you
actually got to go in and sample everything. This year boasts the
largest number of exhibitors ranging from the big names like VA
Linux, LinuxCare to a few newcomers such as Agenda Computing and
"The first noticeable difference between this year and last is
that there is a greater presence of large traditionally-Windows
companies such as Compaq, HP, and Intel. Surprisingly, Sun also
showed up with an awkward small booth. This definitely bodes well
for Linux as the large players are showing their commitment. Compaq
and HP showed off their enterprise Linux server products along with
clustering solutions. However, the real interest was in the Intel's
showcase of the 64-bit Itanium. Let's just say people were
salivating just being in the proximity of an Itanium."
"Non-traditional hardware such as handhelds, notebooks and
embedded devices made a big splash this year. Agenda showed off
their VR3 handheld that will give PalmPilots a run for their money.
The clear translucent PDA runs Linux kernel 2.4 and XFree86 4.0.
The VR3 will run Linux apps and you can be sure that when it's
released in October, open source developers will move quickly to
create a plethora of programs for the device."
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