"On October 21st and 22nd, ACE 2000 was held at the Albert Park
media centre in Melbourne, Australia. After paying and entering, a
narrow passageway led upstairs to the main area. Two exhibitors,
nextbyte (Apple Centre) and Melbourne OS/2 SIG occupied the lower
levels (the Macintosh area also functioned as an Internet cafe).
Some advertisements for Red Hat, Telstra (Australian
telecommunications company) and others adorned the walls and
"The expo was essentially a combination of the various local
computer user groups (Amiga, Linux, OS/2, etc), with each
displaying their best wares. Members of the public were initially
puzzled, asked questions, and could touch/feel how a
device/application actually works. Some of the exhibitors
busily used their provided systems to finish off other more
pressing tasks, while making themselves available to answer a
variety of technical and non-technical questions. In particular,
LUV distributed Red Hat and Debian copies, and sold Tux caps,
T-shirts and stickers. They demonstrated a computer with a Helix
Code/GNOME desktop, which also doubled as a nice Quake III Arena
display. Members of LUV also ran an Install-fest on Sunday, for
those seeking help with installation and configuration with Linux
on their computer."
"Don't ask me why, but the entire expo seemed like one large
recruitment drive for the local user groups. While the entire point
of the expo was to educate the average 'man off the street' about
alternative operating systems and applications, I felt this was
largely not catered for."
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