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Linux.com: Live from the Atlanta Linux Showcase (ALS)

Oct 13, 2000, 20:22 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Welcome to Polka Friday in the OSDN booth. Unfortunately, Disc 1 of 'Everybody Polka' was left in my laptop. Moving around, I managed to eject the disc, and push it back in. Without fail, the laptop opened up the CD and started playing polka music. I'm turning it off now; maybe I'll give away the CD as a prize or something. Now, we're listening to Pizzicato Five. "

"This show is pretty impressive. Last night, I went with the throng to Dave and Buster's and blew a large wad of cash on Hydro Thunder. I had a great time. The beer was free, the food was good, and the games rocked. In a lot of ways, Atlanta Linux Showcase is cooler than the huge Linux shows; there's more time to hang out and chill with people you like. The number of exhibitors is a lot smaller, so there's more room to move."

"I don't want to say that the commercialization of Linux is a bad thing, but I will say that I also enjoy the Linux shows with no exhibitors. This conference is a wonderful delicate balance between the Ottawa Linux Symposium (No exhibitors) and the LinuxWorld Expos (Crass commercialism). Even the sales people are cool. They're not really in-your-face or horrible. They're very 'I see, you're here, I have something to sell, interested?' There's none of the scary desperation I've seen at smaller shows in the past."

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