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LWN: Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001

Mar 28, 2001, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liz Coolbaugh)

"The Singapore Linux Conference/LinuxWorld Singapore 2001 was held on March 21 to 24. LWN editor Liz Coolbaugh was able to attend and speak at this conference. Below you'll find her overall impressions of the event; see also the following writups of specific happenings at the conference...."

"This being my first event in Singapore, and indeed, anywhere in Asia, it is likely that I'm missing the necessary information to draw a firm conclusion. However, from my brief stay, and from Singapore's historical status as a Free Trading post and now as a unique commercial state, I would guess that a lot of the people who came last year weren't using Linux and weren't even sure they wanted to use Linux. They came because the US stock market indicated somebody somewhere was "making money from Linux" and they came to find out how and why. Now that the stock market craze is gone, the conference has diminished to those who are already using Linux or are interested in making money with Linux, that is, using Linux or other Open Source software to make their companies more efficient, more stable, more competitive, for less monetary outlay."

"I was told, informally, that the situation in Singapore is not the same as in Indonesia and Malaysia. The relative wealth of Singapore makes commercial software both the profit center for many of their large companies and the financial issues of software licensing less of a concern. In other, less-wealthy areas, the cost-savings issues have driven Linux to a higher prominence. I certainly hope to get an opportunity in the future to visit other regions in Asia/South Pacific to get a better feel for the similarities and differences."

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