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LinuxWorld: Dot-orgs keep community alive at LinuxWorld Expo

Aug 26, 2000, 23:50 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"With more than 150 commercial Linux vendors at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, including industry heavyweights such as Compaq, IBM, Computer Associates, Red Hat, and Corel, it was easy to overlook the people and organizations that truly make Linux what it is. Many attendees were no doubt taken in by the glitzy marketing blitz, by the magicians, acrobats, and flashy displays. Personally, I went to the Expo to meet the community. I wanted to know what was going on with the people who actually created Linux as we know it today. They are the ones who started developing for Linux on an old 386. They are the people who generally don't get paid a dime to work on their beloved operating system. I wanted to talk to the folks who get their hands dirty with Linux, the ones involved with KDE, GNOME (not Helix or Eazel), and GNU."

"The dot-org pavilion was sponsored by VA Linux and included GNU, Perl Monks, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Linux Documentation Project, Stampede, Linux Fund, GNOME, KDE, and others. As a member of the Linux community, I would like to thank VA, who has not forgotten the community -- the very community that made VA possible."

"GNU was selling its books and capitalizing as much as it could on Linux's success. I haven't made up my mind on the GNU/Linux vs. Linux debate yet, but I'm leaning towards Linux. It was good to see GNU at the expo, though, because continued exposure for the cause is always a good thing. The only thing I found odd was GNU's distribution of old pamphlets. The information was probably still accurate, but the pamphlets were worn, as if they had sat in a box for two years."

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