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Upside: Hallucinations from a Linux expo

Aug 19, 2000, 22:49 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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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."

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