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LinuxWorld: Malaysia: On the verge of an open source revolution?

Dec 12, 2000, 22:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Sharpe)

"Beowulf clusters, FreeBSD, and the MIMOS keynote... Richard Sharpe, a presenter and teacher at the first LinuxWorld Malaysia show, shares his observations on the state of open source in Malaysia."

"The six-hour flight from Adelaide, Australia, to Singapore allowed me to finish the tutorials and presentations that I had prepared for the first LinuxWorld Malaysia 2000, held Nov. 7 to 9 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. In March I had attended the Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld 2000, and I was interested in seeing what LinuxWorld Malaysia would be like. The Singapore event attracted people from all over Asia, with people traveling from Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and even Australia and New Zealand. LinuxWorld Malaysia, however, was a local affair, though turnout was strong. For example, at least 150 people attended my Samba and Ethereal tutorials. Feedback from IDG suggested that more than 300 people attended the conference and more than 3,500 people attended the expo."

"While SGI had a Beowulf cluster at its booth, and Open Source Systems had a Compaq Alpha-based Beowulf cluster as well, the star of the expo had to be the IBM S/390 Multiprise 3000 that was running both OS/390 (MVS) and Linux in separate logical partitions. The Multiprise 3000 stood about waist high, had one processor, and was chock-full of disk drives in simple snap-in canisters. The unit I saw ran IBM's presentation manager as its GUI, and the person doing the demos used Telnet to connect to and login to Linux in the other logical partition. I asked him afterward about running X and KDE or Gnome, and his answer was that it would require a second graphics adapter, which they did not have in the machine."

"...the most exciting aspect of the whole conference was the level of interest expressed by Malaysians in becoming involved in the whole open source phenomenon. Many people approached me after my Ethereal tutorial, as well as on other occasions, asking how to get involved in the open source movement. ... As I left the conference to head back home, I believed Malaysia was on the verge of an open source software revolution."

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