"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."