"This is the worst attendance I've seen at this show in
three years," said one attendant at a booth selling technical
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.