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Byte.com: Comdex/Linux Business Expo Seen Another Way

Nov 29, 1999, 17:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

"There's at least one major reason to go to Comdex if you're a Linux protagonist: the Linux Business Expo (LBE). The LBE has grown significantly into an interesting event. Second caveat: I wrote several articles on Linux basics for the Comdex Show Daily and an adjunct newsletter. The idea is to help newbies understand open source, distributions, and a bit more about the variety of participants in the LBE. An enormous number of people came to the LBE area, which took up a sizeable fraction of the Las Vegas Hilton side of the Convention Center. The tribe was there. They were smiling...."

"Mad Dog gives a sentimental intro. Linus walked out on to the stage with a roar of the crowd. Missing on the stage were all of the demo components and props from the night before. It's just Linus, the Linux faithful and curious. He uses a Sony PictureBook and a StarOffice presentation with a few bullet points. No pounding space music permeates the environment like the night before. It's Linus, solo."

"Across from the stage in the first row are his two daughters and their mom. I feel completely conspicuous in my suit and tie. He's interrupted frequently by cheers when he goes through the open source concept and success story. He drops the big hint about Transmeta, the company that he's been working for. It seems it is developing a software-definable CPU. There's more speculation on Transmeta than the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash. Perhaps Linus et al will get a chance to turn the industry on its ear. Again."

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