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Linux Journal: The Linux Faithful Invade San Jose

Aug 19, 2000, 18:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Schumaker)

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"You can't stop Linux--you can only hope to contain it. The key word is "hope", because containing this "little" operating system, at this point, seems impossible. LinuxWorld has become too big for San Jose. The exhibit halls couldn't hold all the exhibitors. There were some 20-30 booths spilling out into the corridors! Charlie Greco, CEO and president of IDG, announced that next year, the show will be moving to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco."

"I talked with Jon "maddog" Hall about this when he stopped by the LJ booth. maddog was very excited about the size of the show and the fact that we have become too big for our own britches. Moving the show to Moscone is a solid stick by which to measure the growth and acceptance of Linux, but it isn't necessarily enough for him. maddog talked about the mile long tradeshow floor at the convention center in New Orleans, saying, "We will really know we have made it when we can fill that place." That's maddog, always looking to the future."

"I always love attending trade shows, and LinuxWorld is usually the most exciting because it's all about Linux. This is our chance to show the world how much Linux has grown and how important it has become to the computing world. The sheer size of the show proves that Linux is far from having reached its potential. Those of us in the community know that Linux is ready for use in the enterprise, as well as the desktop. With over 165 vendors (100 of which were new!) and tens of thousands of attendees, LinuxWorld provided enough evidence that Linux is continuing its ascent. But, there are still those who doubt and we must continue to educate. Keep spreading the word, and keep attending the shows! It's important. Let Linux Journal know about your LinuxWorld experiences and stories."

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