Linux Journal: PC Expo WrapUp
Jun 28, 2002, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John D. Biggs)
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"This year, no inflatable Intel beach balls were given out this
year, no water-filled mousepads, no plastic frisbees. People
wandered from booth to booth empty-handed, looking for a handout.
None came. There were no big booths, no folks dressed like gorillas
or cartoon dogs handing out CD-ROMS. To the naked eye, the show was
a flop, another dried up ghost town left over after the fast-money
speculators fled the state, leaving dead rivers and debt.
"To be completely honest, I too was almost fooled. The day I
arrived I was disheartened to see that the hall was almost empty.
Microsoft, Sony and Palm had their own private theme parks set up
to showcase new technology, but there wasn't much to see. Some
office routers and blinking WiFi access ports, maybe a fancy PDA or
two and shiny aluminum cases--eye candy. But then I started to
notice a few things.
"Open source, although not hyped, was everywhere. A fax server
by Morgan Hill, California-based Castelle, basically a black box
that acted as a multiuser hub for outgoing and incoming messages,
runs Linux. Although the screenshots in the company brochure
portray a world full of Windows, Tux is running the show..."
PCWorld.com: Linux Draws Interest at PC Event(Jun 28, 2002)