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Walking around LinuxCon 2013

What it's like at a LinuxCon? Join me in a virtual walk about the North America LinuxCon 2013 in New Orleans.
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What it's like at a LinuxCon? Join me in a virtual walk about the North America LinuxCon 2013 in New Orleans. Credit for all the photographs goes to The Linux Foundation, whose photographers are far better than my out of focus efforts.

 Let's start with the keynote where Valve CEO Gabe Newell, said that proprietary software and closed platforms are gaming's past and that its future is open and on Linux.

Here are some other stories from the show:

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LinuxCon itself was held in the luxury Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel.

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Some people have this idea in their head that Linux people are all young, white males hanging out in mom's basement. As you can see from this shot, the Linux pros who come to LinuxCon are of all ages, races and sexes.

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Another common Linux stereotype is that Linux people tend to be unemployed or under-employed hackers. Again, not true, Samsung was far from the only company looking for Linux and open-source savvy staffers. Indeed, many companies--yes, even Microsoft--are desperately hunting for people who know Linux and open-source like the back of their hands.

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LinuxCon isn't all about code and job-hunting. There's still time for pulling out your lightsaber to help Princess Leia.

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Or, for a battle over ye olde Fossball table. If there's one thing serious Linux users have in common besides Linux it's a sense of play.

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But, LinuxCon also had plenty of serious sessions to keep its attendees busy.

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The halls were often busy with people running from one session to another.

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Some attendees were quite young but this little fellow was having a good time at the show every time I saw him.

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Alas, his older counterparts, like yours truly, was often working hard. Nevertheless, I also had a wonderful time at the show.

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