Originally Published: Thursday, 12 August 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: featured_articles/Featured Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

LinuxWorld Report: Day 2

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is really shaping up to be a great event. It's a little dizzying to step back for a moment and think about the impact of all this Linux excitement and activity.

I caught up with Ronny Ko, the editor of 32 Bits Online Magazine, a multiplatform online magazine covering Linux and Open Source topics extensively....


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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is really shaping up to be a great event. It's a little dizzying to step back for a moment and think about the impact of all this Linux excitement and activity.

I caught up with Ronny Ko, the editor of 32 Bits Online Magazine, a multiplatform online magazine covering Linux and Open Source topics extensively. He let me know about the plans for new sites such as the LinuxTalks.com Linux radio site, and the Linux/Open Source developer's resource 0x20.com (pronounced "Hex-20"). Both these sites will be unveiled in the fall, according to Ronny.

I stopped by the Linuxcare booth to talk to the "Daves" (CTO Dave Sifry and Marketing VP Dave LaDuke). Dave Sifry told me that IDG World Expos has found that this show was 237% larger in attendance than March's LinuxWorld. Dave LaDuke was discussing Linuxcare's new Web site, which is shaping up to be a useful resource for support information. They also have distribution ratings on the front page; go there and rate your distribution.

One of the more modest booths at LinuxWorld, but definitely one of the most exciting, was AbiSource's booth. AbiWord, their free (GPL'ed) word processor, was shown running on four platforms: Linux/Intel, Linux/PowerPC, BeOS, and Windows. AbiSource's business model is quite interesting: by leveraging their trademarked name, they can sell services and materials for their free software.

I also got to chat with Miguel de Icaza, one of the head honchos on the GNOME project. GNOME 1.2, the next stable version of the desktop environment, will incorporate the Bonobo component model with its applications. Bonobo is a component system quite similar to ActiveX, which makes it easy for applications and processes to interact. His presentation showed a illustration program embedded into the Gnumeric spreadsheet. What's really cool about Bonobo is that is will make it easy to develop applications. Outside components can be used to handle printing, e-mail, and other features, while the development focuses on the application's core features.

It looks like Caldera Systems is getting closer to the Open Source fold, too. Their infamous Lizard easy installation program will be released under an Open Source licence, and will be at OpenLinux.org in September. I think I'll download the source and replace Tetris with Quake.

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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