Originally Published: Tuesday, 8 August 2000 Author: Matt Michie
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LinuxWorld Conference and Expo Preview

The LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is rapidly approaching. There are many events planned in San Jose, and Linux.com is here to highlight some of them for you.

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The LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is rapidly approaching. There are many events planned in San Jose, and Linux.com is here to highlight some of them for you.

Linux.com's own Jessica Sheffield will be moderating a forum on Open Source and education. Some of the featured speakers will include: David Mandel a member of PLUG, the Portland group who's doing a lot with Riverside High School, Chris Lehmann a high school teacher and technology coordinator at the Beacon School in New York, Emmett Plant a writer for Slashdot and Greg Sanders, site manager for Themes.org and a former educator.

In Jessica's own words:

"We think there's enormous potential that isn't being tapped because people may not realize how important education is going to be to this community. Right now, anyone who knows Linux well can get a job, but the same used to be true for Windows. In ten years, when everyone's using Linux, education is going to see renewed importance in this industry.

That's why education is important to open source, but the reverse is true too, because open source can do so much for the classroom. Imagine a computer lab with no blue-screens, kids learning how to manage an operating system rather than just clicking things on a screen, schools being able to afford more, and better computers because they can spend their money more wisely. This is the future we see.

The panel is open to anyone with an exhibits-only badge, you don't have to have a conference pass to attend. Seating is limited to about 200, so come early. We will spend the first few minutes setting up some topics to discuss and then throw the floor open to questions, comments, and opinions from the audience, so we're looking forward to hearing people's input."

Be sure to check in all this week for other summaries and updates on the upcoming show. The show opens on August 14th and runs through the 17th. Swing by the Linux.com booth and let us know how we're doing, and give us a hand with our Linux.com Live! demonstrations.

See you there!

Matt Michie lives in New Mexico. He maintains a web site at http://daimyo.org.





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