"Started as a small event, the SoCal Linux Expo is gathering
steam as open-source gains attention and devotees. Orv Beach,
spokesperson for the conference, chats about LUGs, getting the word
out, and being happy when people are in the hallways.
"How did the idea for the Expo get sparked?
"As interest in Linux grew in the mid '90s, groups known as LUGs
('Linux User Groups') came into being as training and support
organizations. An outgrowth of that in the late '90s was a series
of 'LUGFests' held in Simi Valley, California. A LUGFest was an
event where individuals or groups could show off a particular Linux
application program, or perhaps hold a training seminar..."