Originally Published: Tuesday, 19 October 1999 Author: Trae McCombs
Published to: featured_articles/Featured Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Leaving the Linux Community out of Linux Trade Shows?

As you all know, Linux.com has moved to being 100% vendor-neutral, and we've always been community first. Read more about my encounter with a certain trade show that doesn't want to support the Linux community with a community pavilion....

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As you all know, Linux.com has moved to being 100% vendor-neutral, and we've always been community first. Read more about my encounter with a certain trade show that doesn't want to support the Linux community with a community pavilion.

I was shocked -- no, not really shocked, but more or less disturbed -- by the fact that there was a trade show that didn't want to help sponsor community booths at their event. It's not a matter of "We didn't get in there." I would be more than OK if the offending trade show would have offered to invite Debian members, Stampede developers, or neutral community sites. Our community organizations don't stand anything to gain from being at a trade show other than to keep people aware that it's the Linux community that helps make us what we are.

Well, let me clarify things: they did want to get with a vendor to get a community section going, but the one vendor didn't get back to them so they aren't going to do a community section. If it were me, and I were running a trade show, I would have simply gone on to the next vendor and there would be a community presence.

This brings me to my original question: can we have a Linux trade show, or a Linux Pavilion without having someone from the Linux community there? I think not. The community is what makes Linux business a viable thing. The second that companies start thinking that they don't need the thousands of developers that are out there working to make Linux a better thing, then that's the second that company (or trade show) finds itself without the support of the Linux community. I'm going to leave the name of the offending trade show anonymous for now, in hopes that they will see that even if they don't want Linux.com at their show, they should at least get Debian, or gnu.org or GNOME/KDE or someone at their trade show to help represent the Linux community.

Trae McCombs
Linux.com -- Site Manager





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