"Every IT trade show needs a theme, and it's usually not the one
advertised in the brochure. It's reflected either in the kinds of
products in the exhibit hall or the buzz you hear in the conference
tracks. Comdex Fall 1998, for example, was all about biometric
security devices. By 2002, it was the year of the tablet PC. This
year's Real World Linux show in Toronto confirmed open source on
the desktop as the industry's latest Holy Grail, and boy, are the
"Part of the excitement can be explained by the need to chart
Linux's progress. Its success in Web servers and databases has
hardly plateaued, but further growth may be more incremental than
what we've come to expect..."
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