Originally Published: Wednesday, 11 August 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: featured_articles/Featured Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

LinuxWorld Report: Day 1

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is such an exciting event. This time around, LinuxWorld is a much bigger event, taking up at least twice the room of the previous conference. At the San Jose Convention Center in the heart of the Silicon Valley, LinuxWorld brings together practically everyone from the growing Linux community. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibits and press conferences, and find out more about the happenings of the Linux universe. We live in exciting times, folks!...

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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is such an exciting event. This time around, LinuxWorld is a much bigger event, taking up at least twice the room of the previous conference. At the San Jose Convention Center in the heart of the Silicon Valley, LinuxWorld brings together practically everyone from the growing Linux community. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibits and press conferences, and find out more about the happenings of the Linux universe. We live in exciting times, folks!

The Dot Org Pavilion

The Dot Org Pavilion, sponsored by us here at Linux.com, was home to some of the biggest names in the Linux community. Debian, GNU, Themes.org, and many more community projects are making the Dot Org Pavilion their home.

I first visited the Time City booth. Time City is a project to make an open-source game, with first-person perspectives and a plot involving time travel. Emmett Plant, leader of the project, as well a Mark Johnson and Walt Armour were hanging around. So far, there's already a sample level for the game, which uses the Crystal Space engine for 3D rendering.

I got a hold of Mark, Time City's PR director. "Games are not just about code," he said. "We have an extensive PR department, with 6 people, and a historical research department." After their first Slashdot link, Time City had 450 volunteer applications for developing the game. Compare that to the 20 core developers that work on Time City right now. The distribution for the game is as yet undetermined--remember that Time City is a non-profit development project.

I caught up with Jake Moorman, the Assistant Head Developer of the Stampede Linux distribution. Check out our interview with the Stampede developers. Release 0.90 will be coming out quite soon now--it will be available within 2 to 8 weeks. One of the interesting features of Stampede is the use of a single source tree for both i586 and Alpha ports.

Jake told me that Stampede is focusing more on network applications, such as network management. Of course, the emphasis on performance and stability is still paramount. Stampedes' new packaging specification, SLPv6, will provide automatic update capabilities, much like apt does on the Debian distribution.

Jeff Alami (jeff@linux.com) is the news director for Linux.com, and he's thoroughly enjoying losing sleep to enjoy the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.





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