CeBIT 2000: Linux International set for reorganisation

The company also plans a worldwide application database
Written by Will Knight, Contributor on

Worldwide open-source association Linux International is about to go national, according to its executive director and most colourful representative, John "Maddog" Hall.

Linux International, which coordinates the activities of open source programmers and Linux companies of all sides around the globe, will be split off into a number of national bodies.

"One of the things we're doing at the moment is reconstructing Linux International," says Hall. "We want to have a country division affiliated with the businesses and user groups in that country."

However, Hall promises that this doesn't mean the end of Linux International: "They would know the country economically, and the users and could come to Linux International for help on standards, trademarks and that sort of thing."

Another new project Linux International is working on is the creation a public database of all the applications available for Linux, in order to dispel the myth that it lacks a wide variety of software. "We want a database because there are a lot of people who build stuff for Linux, but don't remember to tell Linux International. People won't care if there is Excel or Word for Linux, but they will if there's something just as good that they know about."

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