The Comdexification of Linux

The Comdexification of Linux

Summary: I'm among the first to say that open source means more than Linux. And I can't blame a show organizer for wanting to make money, for striking while the brand is hot. But is this a show you should be attending? Is this show really useful? Is this trip really necessary?

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Linuxworld LogoRight on the heels of O'Reilly's OSCON show in Portland we have IDG's Linuxworld in San Francisco.

The show is due to attract over 11,000, writes our own Stephen Shankland.

But it's not just for Linux anymore.

Instead it's becoming a show for "early adopters," in the words of one exhibitor Shankland interviewed.

To my mind, it's becoming Comdex.

Comdex 2004 logoBack in the day that's just what Comdex was. It was where new technology got its first big try-out, where the media and corporate buyers would see all the latest gizmos side-by-side. You had to be there, whether you liked it or not. And a lot didn't. Even Las Vegas was famously of two minds about the show. They liked the crowd, but hated how "real" gamblers (those who used the tables) were crowded out by these "phony" gamblers (who were just betting their futures and sometimes their houses).

I'm among the first to say that open source means more than Linux. And I can't blame a show organizer for wanting to make money, for striking while the brand is hot.

But is this a show you should be attending? Is this show really useful? Is this trip really necessary?

If you're there let me know.

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  • Any time

    I get a chance to go to Frisco, I'll take it! I was at the first LinuxWorld to have a M$ presence. They were there for this Comdex-like reason (showing their "open" WindozeCE).

    I like the idea of LinuxWorld really being OpenSourceWorld. The big Linux vendors and UNIX vendors have the cash to put on a show, so its natural for the OSS world to tag along. I don't see MySQL and Apache footing the bill for their "own" convention . . .
    Roger Ramjet
  • Why are you fueling FUD?

    While LinuxWorld certainly reflects the change in the market and the adoption of Linux/open source to say that the event is like Comdex is simply untrue. Comdex was always geared toward channel sales and IT buyers not really focused on the adoption of a specific technology.

    I can honestly say that there is a lot to see and learn at LinuxWorld, especially since I spent the last 6 months working on it. I also expect more from you than just mediocre hyperbole, the negative tone of the post just contributes to the FUD and the case against open source...as if we needed to fuel the other side further. While the event may not offer you personally anything there are a great number of people who depend on the education and networking opportunities.
    daverosenberg@...