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TechWeb: Twice Snubbed in Digital Divide Conferences, Linux Users FireBack

Oct 14, 2000, 19:05 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Glascock)

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"...it offended users when two, high-profile conferences on bridging the digital divide seemed to snub Linux companies. In Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday-Saturday, the White House and 32 Native American colleges met with computer industry leaders to talk about ways to get their colleges and reservations wired. Key Linux leaders were not invited..."

"Then in Seattle Monday-Wednesday, chief executives from high-tech companies will convene with leaders from finance and government at a Creating Digital Dividends conference. This time, Linux companies will be there -- but they'll be outside in the rain carrying signs, handing out free Linux software, and waving the mascot Penguin at attendees."

"Responding to a TechWeb article last week about the Digital Dividends Conference's exclusion of Linux companies, a grassroots group of Linux users built a bilingual website (http://www.workspot.net/~chavan/digdiv/) dedicated to making Linux presence known at the conference."

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