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Linux.com: LWCE: Another Perspective

Aug 23, 2000, 00:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"What can one say about close to 20,000 Linux geeks in one city at one place, with hundreds of exhibitors giving out free swag? Some might call it frightening, but I found it to be liberating. Where else can one simply walk the hallways and hear snippets of conversations on the latest 2.4 pre-test kernel, or whether FreeBSD's TCP/IP stack was still better than Linux's?"

"I think throughout most of the conference I was in a state of stupor. I didn't say much, but just sat back to listen and observe everything that was happening. My favorite activity was to just cruise through the booths, watching to see which of the booth people were sales droids and which were hackers that got dragged along."

"You can spot the hackers, because often they will be sitting away in the corner typing away at a laptop, or tweaking some of the displays. You can talk to the sales-droids all day, and come away with a regurgitated press release, or you can walk up to the hackers and immediately jump into what is really going on with the product."

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