LinuxWorld Convention & Expo Winter 99

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My coverage of the four days of linuxworld expo winter 99. It contains my review of the events, along with links to other people's review, and about 350 pictures. The big difference is that those pictures are easy to browse (no select picture n, click on back, select picture n+1, etc...)

I also have links to other relevants reports that you may want to read.
I hope you enjoy your virtual visit of the expo.

Marc Merlin


The more I live here, the more I think that the Silicon Valley is the best to live at for Nerds :-)
Apart from being a place were a lot of technology is created, there are many linux users around here, and consequently we've had a lot of cool linux events.
Some of them were the microsoft tea party, and windows refund day (even if you've seen that page before, you most likely haven't seen the videos of us on the TV news that evening)

This time it was the LinuxWorld Expo.
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 in addition to (RH's linuxexpo site uses the domain).

It would also be interesting to mention a little history:


Michael Higashi, along with a few others officers and old time SVLUG members created LINC, which was to be the Linux Conference in the Silicon Valley in January 1999. They did a lot of work, including preparing speakers for conferences and tutorials.

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.

The Show

I lasted 4 days, and the least I can say is that they were well filled. Between the tutorials, conferences, time on the showfloor, and the evening parties, there wasn't much time left to sleep.

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.

Other coverage of relevance

Linuxworld (contains reviews of talks and tutorials I didn't attend)
Other report
ZDnet Article LinuxWorld official pictures


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.
The LW folks did realize their mistake, but by the time they fixed it, it was too late, Alan had commited to something else. That's ok, we will see you at linuxexpo Alan.
Despite all this, I cannot but thank the LinuxWorld team for all their work. The expo was a huge success, and it was the best one I had seen so far. Great job people!

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)

Last words

If you see yourself on some pictures that are featured in a page, drop me an Email. I'll try to add your name under the picture if you wish.

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 (

(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 :-)))

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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