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Linux Journal: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

Apr 11, 2003, 11:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Barry)

"Ireland is a small country. North and South, the population does not exceed six million people. Paradoxically, when it comes to the IT industry, Ireland is a big player. For years, Ireland's IT claim-to-fame has been the fact that it is the second largest exporter of shrink-wrapped software in the world (next to the US). There are a number of reasons for this, but the main one is Ireland is the European operations center for a large number of US-based companies. Microsoft, Symantec, IBM/Lotus and many others have a large presence here. But, it's not only software that's big; Intel has a chip fabrication facility an hour west of Dublin. HP, Dell, Apple and Sun are large employers. And, recently, Google announced that Ireland would host its European headquarters.

"LinuxWorld came to Ireland on April 3rd, 2003. Sponsored by IBM in association with ILUG (the Irish Linux Users Group), the conference never was going to be very big. It was scheduled to take place on the last day of ICT Expo, Ireland's Information and Communications Technology Event. The small number of Linux-specific stands at the show were stuck in the middle of a mix of everything from data projector companies to accounting software suppliers. Cyclades was there, as was IBM, whose stand hosted ILUG. Red Hat boxes were everywhere, and ILUG handed out Knoppix CDs to as many delegates as they could. An Irish company, OpenApp, was on hand to discuss how it successfully is delivering IT solutions to clients using primarily open-source technologies..."

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