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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..."

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