Day 2: Showfloor
What's reassuring when you go to a linux show is the friendly faces that have
been there since Day 1. As always, the friendly David Willmott from Infomagic
was there, as well as Mark Bolzern from Linuxmall (and his furry Tux buddies),
and the friendly Linux Journal folks
Of course, the other usual vendors where also there (way too many pictures to
show all of them here, go to the picture library if you
want the 100+ pictures).
Although, I'm obviously a bit biased, VA really had a quick ass booth, with
been bags, ethernets to plug into, several Email gardens, a video on VA and its
employees (including the Nerf Gun battles), and of course all their new
hardware, including the best 2U 5 drive fully hot swapable systems, with a
really grovy blue LED
Go to Linux for You. No, not just because
Samantha Bonsack tells you to, but because it's a vendor independent, joined
venture of Linuxcare, Red Hat, and VA linux Systems to create a site with
information about linux for managers. It contains videos, and much more on
how linux is used, what it can do and so forth.
That was also your chance to go visit Penguin Computing, the other linux
hardware company with the flashy adds and the bold claims.
Penguin's booth was hosting the Linux Fund effort which plans to raise money
that will be given to developers.
Penguin Computing's penguin mascot wants that beach ball from SVLUG's Ian
Like last Linuxworld, Jordan Hubbard, the head core member of the FreeBSD
team, was present. They had a very good comparison between windows, linux and
FreeBSD which put FreeBSD slightly ahead of Linux, and I have to agree with it.
Linux has seriously caught up with FreeBSD, but FreeBSD is still based on much
older, reliable code, and is overall somewhat more stable than linux, and better
at very high TCP/IP loads. If you haven't done so yet, give FreeBSD a try, you
may like it.
Linuxcare was of course also there with their great booth with their Linuxbus,
free training on several topics, like Samba, with no one else than people
like Andrew Tridgell, author of Samba, who got recently hired by them.
(Andrew, while living in Australia, comes to the Silicon Valley
from time to time. We had the chance to have him at BALUG a few
months ago , along with his partner in crime, Jeremy Allison (see pictures), another great chap
who gives both really interesting and entertaining samba talks (I've attended
3 of Jeremy's talks, and I still enjoy them )
Corel which already had great presentations at the last LinuxWorld was showing
off the upcoming Corel Linux and the existing Wordperfect 8.
Corel Linux is based on Debian and KDE, with enhancements from Corel.
The install is graphical and really easy to setup, through 4 easy configuration
Did you ever wish that browsing Samba shares and NFS servers were that
The installed system looks really nice compared to stock Debian. The extensions
I noticed were:
I currently use Red Hat for desktop machines because of the slick install,
configuration, and so forth, and Debian for servers because I want live
upgrades, and I'm hooked on apt-get install foo. Corel may just
offer a single distribution that would reconciliate those two. You can find
more info on the more link of their
- I saw the KDE pager (from which Enlightenment got its inspiration) for the
first time. It is however not a Corel enhancement, it was written by
Antonio Larrosa from the KDE project, about a year ago (the previous version
of this page incorrectly characterized the pager as a Corel enhancement)
- there is a nice event viewer which parses syslog and looks very much like
the NT event viewer
- Extended the KDE file manager to browse NFS and SMB shares. That was really
impressive if you look at it from the perspective of a windows user.
- Nice GUI on top of dselect
After that, Corel demoed WordPerfect 8, just like last LinuxWorld.
To this date, they counted:
Some of the options they demoed were:
- 1,000,000+ downloads of Wordperfect for Linux
- 100,000+ registered users
- 100+ countries that downloaded the software
- Filters for not only word (obviously) but also Applix Words
- Toolbar that are context sensitive
- Context sensitive help sidebar
- Quick correct, and spelling/grammar on the fly correction, just like word
- Built in spreadsheet.
- HTML mode where editing is limited to what HTML can ouput
- Reveal code mode where you see the internal wordperfect tags, just like if
you were editing some kind of HTML
Red Hat was of course there, and the IPO happened during the show. Pre-IPO price
at $14, opening in the forties, and a closing price of $85 3 days as I write
this, 3 days after the first day of trade. Purely amazing...
This is great news for all the folks at Red Hat, and especially the ones who've
been working so hard since day one. My best wishes to you guys!
Matt Welsh in the background and Donnie Barnes in the foreground
Magic Software Enterprises, who provides
an Ecommerce solution, had the idea of bringing two live penguins to the show
and let people pet them on the hour
And the list doesn't stop there...
Cygnus was demoing their new codefusion (Here, SVLUG's Alexandre
Rob Malda has a new rule, if you take a picture of him while he has a Nerf
he'll shoot you in the face
Illiad, from User Friendly is on the right
The Linux Demo Day folks
SGI now has a fully accelerated OpenGL running on linux on their Visual
Now those machines are becoming interesting...
SourceXchange is a really good idea, check out their
No, Slackware is not dead yet
Stormix is another easy to use distribution based on Debian
You thought this page was long? Well you ain't seen nothing yet, there is
a total of 137 showfloor pictures. If you haven't had enough, then you need
to go to the picture library
Link to Home Page
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99/08/15 (23:02): Version 1.1. Changed the text about Ian and the penguin
99/08/21 (23:02): Version 1.2. Fixed the comments on the KDE pager, thanks to
a correction from its author, Antonio Larrosa