"I had two missions at Fall Comdex. One was to participate in a
Great Debate titled :The Computing Re-Revolutionaries: Business,
Consumers, or Both?" The other was to see if it was possible to buy
a Linux desktop of any kind from a major hardware vendor at the
"I arrived in Las Vegas late Sunday, just in time to miss Bill
Gates' kickoff keynote at the MGM Grand. My debate was scheduled
for 4:30 Monday afternoon, and my plane left at 4:30PM on Tuesday.
That still left plenty of time to carry out the second mission, one
made easy by the absence of several big hardware players and the
fact that Comdex has become a relatively small show. If it weren't
for Microsoft, it would hardly have been a show at all.
"I took cabs twice during my visit there, and both times I got
the same story: 1) Comdex is in big trouble; 2) the show is
shrinking away; and 3) Key3Media, the company that puts on the
show, is going bankrupt..."
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