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Feb 21, 2001, 17:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"The headlines practically screamed: "The suits take over Linux!" A handful of media reports before and during LinuxWorld earlier this month played up a community vs. corporate theme, using the trade show as a microcosm of what's happening to the Linux world outside the walls of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center."

"Parts of the Open Source community, especially the free-as-in-beer and as-in-speech crowd, have always regarded corporate types with some suspicion, and this year's LinuxWorld, with its announcements from the likes of IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and other tech heavyweights, could have been a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. Microsoft even sent a spy to check on what all the fuss was about."

"Despite the media reports, response from the Open Source community to big tech's interest in Linux has been generally positive. Alex Perry, whose FlightGear both was in the LinuxWorld .org Pavilion, says it's no surprise that the suits dominated the New York show, because it's intended to be a business-to-business conference."

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