But another person deserves even more credit: Mark Bolzern from LinuxMall.com, who was in a booth with Bob Young and Patrick Volkerding at the 1994 Comdex, saw what could be done, and then more or less created the Linux Pavilion for Linux International at Comdex and Uniforum shows in 1995. After Linux Pro by WGS won a best of Comdex award from Byte Magazine in 1995, the Linux Pavilion took off doubling every year after that, in 1996 with Caldera, Red Hat and other Linux International members. Mark in 1994, also set a goal that "Linus will be keynote speaker at Comdex within 5 years". That was a bold statement back then as Linux was far from widespread, but his prediction did come true as the result of press tours, and a lot of hard work from dedicated people like Mark.
Mark when asked, insisted on also giving credit to others who helped after 1995, "Carlie Fairchild, Kit Cosper, Larry Augustine, and Jon "maddog" Hall who later became Executive director of Linux International. Ted Prindle, Bill Mahan, Bill Sell, Jay Mulhern, and especially Sonny Saslaw of ZD/Comdex were also instrumental."
Maddog, before introducing Linus, gave a couple of stories. It's nice as he
has different ones every time
He told the crowd how he first bought Linus to his first talk in the US, how 40 people showed up, and how he gave a presentation at Digital about Linux way back when, and had only one slide that said Linux is inevitable.
As usual, Linus started by thanking all the people who helped to develop linux.
For him, open source started because programers were having fun and liked
sharing and exchanging code.
Later, as Linux started to grow, open source was still popular even though more users weren't programmer. One of the main reasons it still did was that their MIS guy was usually able to look at the code and interface with the developers when there was any problem.
With OSS, there is competition for code within a project, and that creates better code than commercial software because they typically only have one person working on a one specific aspect of the code.
Bigger companies are embracing OSS, like Netscape, SunSoft, Corel. Then you also
have big companies like IBM, HP, and Intel working with OSS.
The great news is also hardware manufacturers like 3DFX who are now opening full specs to their hardware.
Linus has really gotten good at doing entertaining talks, he had several funny slides. Unfortunately the bottom was cut on the display, so on his top 5 reasons to do open source slide, the #1 reason OSS is better is that you don't get suied for anti-competition behavior
After that, he went on with a status check:
What happened in the last year?
The other interesting things is that for the first time, Linus could finally say a few words about what transmeta does: a smart CPU built with software. More details will be disclosed on January 19th 2000 and will be made available on the transmeta website
Another thing I picked up is that he mentioned linux 2.4 was expected for
early next year (not the end of this year as originally guessed)
You can find more pictures from the keynote in the
picture library, and the
slides are in there too.
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