I also have links to other relevants reports that you may want to read.
I hope you enjoy your virtual visit of the expo.
This time it was the LinuxWorld
Before I go on, I should mention that you shouldn't confuse this with Linuxexpo, which is the RedHat event that's been happening for the last 4 years in North Carolina, especially because IDG registered linuxexpo.com in addition to linuxworldexpo.com (RH's linuxexpo site uses the linuxexpo.org domain).
It would also be interesting to mention a little history:
However, when IDG announced that they were going to have LinuxWorld Expo in March, the LINC members decided they would rather work together than compete with IDG. So, LINC got cancelled in favor of LinuxWorld Expo, and the LINC members handed out all their work to the LinuxWorld folks.
Mark Bolzern from Linuxmall, sent me more details:
When Jim Donovan from IDG first called me, I had not yet committed to attend LINC, I did a lot of talking with the IDG folk about coordinating with or buying out LINC reather than competing with it by haveing another show just over a month later. I gave them Larry Augustin's number, among some others amd they said they'd call. In several later conversations I twisted IDG's various arms pretty hard, and also spoke to Augustin about it.... and then it happened, Hooray!
The downside is that LinuxWorld was seen as a somewhat more commercial show. The fees were raised, and the show was run entirely during the week instead of having one or two days during weekend days to make it easier for students, and people who work, to come (this is what LINC had planned to do)
On the other hand, IDG not only had more money to throw at the problem, but they
were also more experienced in this domain. It definitely made the show bigger
and more successful (the show floor was more than five times bigger than what
LINC had planned to get) .
I think most of us will agree that it definitely was more than successful and that they did do a good job.
Because I took about 500 pictures, and kept about 350, I've made different pages so that you don't end up with one big 10meg page. Each page will have a few selected pictures, and you'll have a link to a library with all the ones related to the page. When that library is specifically worth having a look at, the page will let you know.
I'd like to start by thanking the LINC volunteers as they were the ones who
started all this, and who arranged many of the tutorials and talks.
After seing a few comments on slashdot about linuxworld, like the story of Alan
Cox not coming because at some point someone got the brilliant idea to tell the
speakers that they'd have to pay for their own travel accomodations, a few
people started to have somewhat negative feelings towards LinuxWorld and IDG.
Thank you to Linuxcare for their party on tuesday night, Redhat for their awesome party on wednesday night, V.A. Research for the Email garden they setup, and thank you to Robert McMillan from LinuxWorld for the press badge he setup for me (in exchange for being able to use the pictures on these pages)
If you'd like to use some pictures, you need to ask me first. So far, I've given
everything away, but after spending 40+ hours on the 500 pictures, and on the
web pages for this event, I decided that you need to work out some arrangement
with me if you want to use anything on a commercial page (that's also without
mentionning the $500 I spent on the (linux compatible) Ricoh 4200 digital camera
that I bought in order to take the pictures at the event).
If you have too much money, you can participate in the "Let's reimburse Marc's camera" fund
'Till next time
Marc Merlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(This page was, like other pages I've done, written rather late and with the help of caffeinated penguin mints, so please feel free to point out spelhing mistakes and factual errors if there are any, I'll update the page quickly.
(just to make sure since I got a few Emails about it, yes, I know how to spelh "spell", that one was a joke ))
99/03/10 (07:20): Version 1.0
99/03/12 (11:58): Version 1.1. Added info on LINC and LWCE merging (from Mark Bolzer, linuxmall)
99/05/25 (09:54): Version 1.2. A couple of fixes from Rani Assaf