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NewsForge: Annual Linux Showcase: Where seldom is heard a discouraging word (about attendance)

Nov 09, 2001, 20:18 (12 Talkback[s])
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"This is the worst attendance I've seen at this show in three years," said one attendant at a booth selling technical books.

Sales were slow, she admitted, noting that past events always saw her company run out of stock on at least two titles. "I'm going to take home a lot of books this year," she said.

Almost 90 exhibitors were present for ALS 2000 in Atlanta, including such unlikely business names like America Online and the recently defunct Linux General Store. The economy has taken a toll on the number of exhibitors present for this year's show -- a meager 28. On the brighter side, there was only one no-show at this year's gathering: Sun Microsystems.

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