Originally Published: Friday, 13 October 2000 Author: Emmett Plant
Published to: interact_articles_live/Live! Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Live from ALS

Welcome to Polka Friday in the OSDN booth. Unfortunately, Disc 1 of 'Everybody Polka' was left in my laptop. Moving around, I managed to eject the disc, and push it back in. Without fail, the laptop opened up the CD and started playing polka music. I'm turning it off now; maybe I'll give away the CD as a prize or something. Now, we're listening to Pizzicato Five.

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Welcome to Polka Friday in the OSDN booth. Unfortunately, Disc 1 of 'Everybody Polka' was left in my laptop. Moving around, I managed to eject the disc, and push it back in. Without fail, the laptop opened up the CD and started playing polka music. I'm turning it off now; maybe I'll give away the CD as a prize or something. Now, we're listening to Pizzicato Five.

This show is pretty impressive. Last night, I went with the throng to Dave and Buster's and blew a large wad of cash on Hydro Thunder. I had a great time. The beer was free, the food was good, and the games rocked. In a lot of ways, Atlanta Linux Showcase is cooler than the huge Linux shows; there's more time to hang out and chill with people you like. The number of exhibitors is a lot smaller, so there's more room to move.

I don't want to say that the commercialization of Linux is a bad thing, but I will say that I also enjoy the Linux shows with no exhibitors. This conference is a wonderful delicate balance between the Ottawa Linux Symposium (No exhibitors) and the LinuxWorld Expos (Crass commercialism). Even the sales people are cool. They're not really in-your-face or horrible. They're very 'I see, you're here, I have something to sell, interested?' There's none of the scary desperation I've seen at smaller shows in the past.

Let's be honest for a second. I don't like panel discussions, I'm not really into the technical track at these shows, and ALS is decidedly technical. That being said, I'm still having a great time. What I have heard is that the technical tracks (which I'm not attending) are top-notch. I know that I've seen some of my favorite Linux luminaries wandering around, like Ted T'so and Donald Becker. I know that the people who are looking for that kind of technical content are definitely finding it.

Tim Strobell and Ben Stern, a couple of all-around techies from Maryland, have been hanging out for the past couple of days. "It's full of all kinds of awesome rabid Linux stuff," Ben said. "This is my first Linux show," Tim said, "I think it's damn awesome."

Meanwhile, Jon 'CowboyNeal' Pater is taking a break from talking about Linux to discuss the history and effects of breakfast cereals domestic and worldwide. I guess it helps to be from Michigan, home of Battle Creek Michigan, which is home to Kellogg, Post and Ralston/Purina. Did you know that the highest cereal consumption rate per capita is in Sydney, Australia? The mind boggles.

More tomorrow - Tonight is the Exorcist party! Come on by and exorcise your Windows demons.





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