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NewsForge: Federal computer show not exactly teeming with Linux

Mar 22, 2001, 19:48 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"FOSE this year almost could have been called "Windows in Government." There was a smallish (and very popular) Apple display area, but otherwise it was Windows everywhere, from front to back, from top to bottom."

"But you can't fault the big Linux and Unix players for their absence from this show. I spent a fair amount of time stirring around, watching and listening to the people (mostly government employees, of course) in attendance, and most of them were not technical folks. They were managers and office people for the most part, looking for things like virus protection and easier ways for their people to do things, not for technological advances...."

"One Unisys employee (name withheld by request) told me, point-blank, "The people who come to this show aren't the CIOs and IT heads who have purchasing authority. This is a low-level crowd, hardly worth meeting. That's why IBM and Sun and the other major players stayed away, and why you don't see any Linux or Unix here. Those people are too smart to waste their time with this. There's lots of interest in Linux in government, it's just not visible at FOSE."

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