Upside: Hallucinations from a Linux expo
Aug 19, 2000, 22:49 (3 Talkback[s])
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"It's all so hazy. After 72 hours at LinuxWorld in the San Jose
Convention & Expo, the images start to blend together into one
giant mass hallucination . . . images of new MandrakeSoft CEO Henri
Poole decked out like a member of Sly and the Family Stone; Star
Trek aficionado and Samba project co-leader Jeremy Allison pulling
off a Michael Vick-like performance for the losing Nerds squad in
Geek Bowl II; Michael Dell telling hackers to ignore the man behind
the curtain. Where does reality start and the spectacle end?"
"First the surprises: By far the biggest surprise was the
sheer size of the event. Say what you will about Linux as a
viable business opportunity, companies both large and small are
showing zero sign of backing away from last year's Linux
enthusiasm. If anything, LinuxWorld event organizers were turning
companies away to keep from breaking Santa Clara County fire codes.
Even before the event started, IDG World Expo, LinuxWorld's
parent company, announced plans to move next year's show to San
Francisco's larger Moscone Center. Judging by the rate of growth,
however, attendees might have to reserve their 2002 airline tickets
for Las Vegas right now."
"Almost as surprising was the level of diversity. ...judging by
the attire, the balance between geek and non-geek attendee seems to
have tipped in a decidedly non-geek direction over the past 12
months. ...the increasingly co-ed nature of LinuxWorld raises hope
not only for the propagation of the hacker species but also the
broadening mainstream popularity of the operating system."