Day 2: Showfloor
What can I say? It was huge.
It's the linux event that is Comdex-like (in a smaller scale, but still). There
were lots of booths, lots of people, insane giveaways, and the whole thing
looked really professional.
If you have decent bandwidth, you'll definitely want to browse the
picture library (92 pictures). I'll comment on a few of
Sun was showing a linux quake binary running on solaris. It ran quite fast as
a matter of fact. However, I think it was only middly interesting because it
was solaris on intel, not solaris on Sparc. If you have an intel box, there
are few reasons to run solaris on it...
The friendly LJ folks were there, as always.
And now, they have competition: there is a new linux magazine
V.A. Research, as always, had some very cool hardware. Here, Leonard N. Zubkoff
is showing off a new box: 8 Xeon CPUs (yes, 8!), 2 Gigabytes of memory, and
2 Terabytes of disk. Leonard wrote the Mylex drivers necessary to run the RAID
card(s) that run all those disks, as well as support for high amounts of memory.
Kudos go to him!
I mentionned to him that I need one of those at home, but he told me that if it
were to go anywhere, it'd be to his house
Larry Augustin, as always, was busy talking to the press
Redhat was one of the companies with insane giveways. Nothing less than a
The Linuxcare folks also had an impressive booth. Not only were they giving
away a bug (you can see it in the background), but they hired a lot of great
people in the Silicon Valley (all the ones V.A. didn't manage to get
). I'd look out
for them, because with the people they have, they can only do good things
Art Tyde is one of the Co-founders
and Dave Sifry is one of the other ones
Corel had a really impressive booth.
Isn't this guy great? Is it just me or he's worked at Comdex before?
Yes, the FreeBSD guys had a booth. If you
haven't had a chance to try it, you really should.
It is still faster and more robust that linux for certain things (after all,
it's based on code that is more than 15 years old, and that also has been
reviewed and improved by thousands of people).
Linux still has a lot to learn from Freebsd, and this includes the efficiency
of their team (compare a core team that uses CVS vs Linus who does all commits
via text patch through pine editor, and that this medium has a variable high
drop rate). Let's hope
bitmover fixes some of those issues
Jordan (picture below) answered the following question for me: "Since
FreeBSD is really a serious alternative to linux, how come it's not more
The reasons he gave me (quoted from memory) were that first of all, FreeBSD got
slowed down at the wrong time because of copyright issues (they had to get rid
of old AT&T code). Then, he mentionned that maybe his team wasn't as good
at advocating FreeBSD as Linux people were with linux, and another key point in
his mind was that since FreeBSD is based on 15y+ old code written by a bunch
of people, it is, to the eyes of journalists, not as sexy as Linux which was
written from scratch by a young Finnish computer student.
For him, Linus writing Linux is like a "Cinderella story" and journalists love
that. I have to admit that even though it made me smile at first, I tend to
agree with him.
(note, my original reworded quote from him was particularly
bad and especially was lacking the not before as sexy, which
obviously kind of damaged the quote. My apologies to the FreeBSD community for
Jordan would be the closest equivalent to FreeBSD's Linus (FreeBSD does have a
different model for controlling the tree, you can
find out what it is
if you're curious). Since I've had the chance to spend some time with him, I'd
like to add that he also is a really cool guy
Jordan K. Hubbard is one of the old timers on the FreeBSD core team
Yes, slashdot was there. They were selling T-shirts, and doing live updates
from the show.
Doesn't Rob Malda (yep, that's the slashdot guy) look great?
The Debian guys were running linux on insane architectures
Yeah, I used to have an Atari
On the top, you have the famous car mp3 player:
the EMPEG. If you're really cool, you'll
send me one
Linux on a Mac SE/30. Isn't that Insane?
Linuxmall sells all the linux software you need, and more. They once again
won the contest of the Coolest Tux Penguin. The one you see below will be
for sale soon. Check Here for more
info (Mark Bolzern told me that he expects them in about a month, and they
should cost around $90).
But Mark doesn't stop here: his next penguin will be 6 foot tall! Since one
is going to be more pricey though: around $1000.
Thanks Mark for making all those available.
Yep, Mark duly registered his penguin
This one is really cool. The
VMware folks can run 98 and NT virtual
machines under linux. This is no emulation, it's the real thing. The good news,
is that when (not if) windows crashes, you just lose your window. The product
is still in beta, but this is very exciting (The
full size picture is in the
If you're into software development, the Cygnus guys are really cool things to
show, including a Java compiler (that is Java source code to native binary
Alexandre Petit-Bianco, an SVLUG member, is proudly showing off his new
Pfew! That was long. But if you haven't seen the
picture library, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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