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Ask a LinuxWorld Exhibitor

Roblimo posted more than 11 years ago | from the your-representative-at-the-show dept.

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Most Slashdot readers aren't coming to the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York this week. If you're not coming, but you have a question you'd like to ask one of the exhibitors, please post it here. I promise to ask 10 of the highest-moderated exhibitor questions on your behalf, and I'll do my best to ask more than 10, time permitting. If you have a question for anyone who is holding a conference session or tutorial Thursday or Friday, please feel free to post it, too. I will try to ask speakers at least a few questions, but that's chancier than getting hold of exhibitors (who are in booths where they're easy to find), so no promises. One question per post, please. Hopefully, I'll have time to type up the answers over the weekend and post them Monday or Tuesday.

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Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135686)

I know it's late, but I was IPbanned yesterday, so I'll get it in now. FP.

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135711)

Its still Tuesday on the West Coast.

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135821)

Do you think any one is actually going to get laid this week at the LWE? I mean, seriously, how much pussy do you think actually goes to these types of things?

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136055)

Well, the slashdot staff will be there... how many pussies does that make?

Seriously, all the attendies are pussies.

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136119)

Sure, people will be getting laid. But, it is only going to be due to all the gay butt sex going on.

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136016)

It's never too late, it's never too late to:-

Stop the war
to be sung to "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands"

If you are a fan of Saddam
Stop the War
If you want to help a madman
Stop the War
Just forget the Iraqis
Keep them crawling on their knees
Sacrifice them;
Call it peace
Stop the War
If you hate the USA
Stop the War
If you think that crime should pay
Stop the war
If you say not in my name
Just who are you going to blame;
When the tyrant bombs and maims
Stop the War

Quick Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135689)

Which of the following tends to help sell more products: Solid, optimized code or semi-nude chicks?

Which do you personally perfer?

How much product must I commit to (-1, Troll)

typical geek (261980) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136277)

before I can get a booth babe to come back to my hotel room? Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands?

Re:How much product must I commit to (0, Troll)

dipipanone (570849) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136364)

Tens of thousands...

Probably won't get you a booth-babe, but you should qualify for one of the she-males that hustle their butts at the Holland Tunnel.

Frosty Piss I Fail It! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135693)

MUKE ISRAEL

Dear Microsoft: (1, Funny)

swagr (244747) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135709)

When will you bundle a text editor better than Notepad?

Re:Dear Microsoft: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135815)

Isn't WordPad their better Notepad? Or is notepad too good?

Re:Dear Microsoft: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135911)

Dear Zealot:

When you stop bashing products you obviously have not used, or are too incompetent to understand? While no shining beacon of text-editor goodness, Wordpad has been bundled since at least Win 98. Thank you for your time.

Re:Dear Microsoft: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136054)

While no shining beacon of text-editor goodness, Wordpad has been bundled since at least Win 98.

Wordpad is more of a minimalist word processor than a text editor, IMHO.

Re:Dear Microsoft: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136025)

You can download the VS.NET studio core editor as part of the as the Exchange Workflow designer and use that.

You don't get syntax highlighting, etc., unless you buy the rest of VS.NET.

Re:Dear Microsoft: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136070)

Why hasn't this been modded into oblivion? It is obviously an idiotic attempt at Troll humor. Is it because you are afraid that modding it down would make it seem like you are Pro-Microsoft? I should never have to see crap like this at even 1 let alone 2.

The story goes: (1)

narfbot (515956) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136114)

"64 kilobytes should be enough for anyone." - Bill Gates speaking to the Windows Notepad development team.

While Windows Users have dealt with the consequences since then, little do they know, that Microsoft have since surpassed the 64 KB limit. When hitting the limit, Notepad forms a secret hook with a little known app called WordPad. This way, you have backwards compatibility with Notepad users, and enjoy the benefits of files larger than 64 KB.

And this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136171)

...is how stupid urban myths are born.

Notepad does no such thing. It's a standalone 32-bit app. But now that this has appeared on /., it will no doubt become part of the Official Truth as told by the Linux faithful.

And this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136317)

is supposed to be a joke based on a stupid urban myth.

Under Win9x notepad had such a limit, and would ask if you wanted to load it in WordPad if it was larger. Don't ask me why Win9x notepad was designed like this. It sure is ridiculous to begin with.

Re:Dear Microsoft: (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136115)

Woohoo an anti-MS troll modded +, on slashdot no less.

Windows doesn't have 4 zillion and 1 .sh, .rc, .etc, .config, etc files that need to be editted to get it to work.

What would windows users possibly need with vi? (Btw, you can run vi if you want it)

Re:Dear Microsoft: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136337)

Why would you want MS to bundle one, when you can get the fantastic Metapad [liquidninja.com] for free? It does everything Notepad does, plus a few lovely extras, without all the bugs that Notepad has.

How do you sell to geeks? (2, Interesting)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135710)

Geeks pride themselves on their attention to technical excellence to the exclusion of such base tricks as free junk and hot booth babes. So how do you get the attention of a typical geek wandering around LinuxWorld? Fast triangle performance projected on the ceiling? Huge LCDs showing large uptimes on your show boxii? What catches a geeks eye?

Re:How do you sell to geeks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136239)

Booth babes and free junk works great on geeks.

Re:How do you sell to geeks? (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136294)

> Geeks pride themselves on their attention to technical excellence to the exclusion of such base tricks as free junk and hot booth babes.

You are either:
a) Trolling,
b) Have never been to LinuxWorld,
c) And if I'm wrong on that, you've certainly never been within 50 feet of the FreeBSD booth at LinuxWorld.

I mean, getting card-swiped in exchange for a keychain/neckchain photo of themselves, wearing pointy-red-horns with LEDs in 'em, surrounded by pointy-red-horned, red-pantsuited and/or red-latexed FreeBSD succubi with the big FreeBSD daemon in the background? Could there be anything more quintessentially geeky?

(And do I still have mine from LinuxWorld 1999? You bet your ass I do! I also have pictures of myself standing between a life-sized incarnation of Tux the Penguin, and UserFriendly's Dust Puppy. What any of this means about geek sexuality is a mystery left for future forensic anthropologists to determine.)

question (-1, Flamebait)

mgs1000 (583340) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135716)

For the cynnical:
Why do you put all this money and effort in Linux when you know that Microsoft will destroy Linux within a few years?

Tux? (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135733)

Did you or anyone dress up in a Linux Tux outfit?

Dear Microsoft: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135743)

What are your plans to ensure SimDesk becomes the next Netscape?

For someone at the HP Booth (1, Funny)

Trashman (3003) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135750)

Who from the Sopranos is going to be there?

If it's Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Can I have her number?

Re:For someone at the HP Booth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136182)

Meadow is a mulie fucking whore. She used to be hot, but once 'eggie' hit it, my attraction was over.

Devon, OTOH, is a piece of ass.

Strategies (5, Interesting)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135754)

For Hardware Vendors:

What basic strategies are you employing to better penetrate the server/appliance market with Linux systems?

Dear Redhat Software (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135755)

What is your response to the vulterant claims that your Gnome/KDE setup is breaking QT apps and causing havoc for developers who make use of QT?

Re:Dear Redhat Software (3, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136062)

What is your response to the vulterant claims that your Gnome/KDE setup is breaking QT apps and causing havoc for developers who make use of QT?

And, if you have time, a Follow Up Question, please:

What does "vulterant" mean?

First Toddler Vomit Post!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135759)


Toddler Vomit!!

Toddler Vomit!!

Toddler Vomit!!

Toddler Vomit!!

Toddler Vomitt!!

To Microsoft (5, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135761)

Considering that this is called "LinuxWorld", what product will you release next for Linux?

Yes please ask this one. (0)

7-Vodka (195504) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135915)

because I'm really curious what they will say.

Re:Yes please ask this one. (1)

netsharc (195805) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136001)

I guess they really won't be able to answer that, because Linus was once asked, "what will happen if MS starts developing for Linux?" and he answered, "Then we have already won.".. too bad I can't find a google result to back it up.

Re:Yes please ask this one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136263)

Well if he said it , then it must be true! Here's a clue newbie, you don't have to think of Microsoft and Linux as in conflict. Don't let the braindeads were warp you.

Re:Yes please ask this one. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136264)

I tried to look it up also.

The best thing I found was from http://www.sonic.net/~roelofs/reports/linux-199807 14-qa2.html [sonic.net]:

From a business-applications perspective, what can we do to get Microsoft to do native ports of Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Exchange, etc.?

  • Robert Hart responded: you can already read and write the files created by those apps; as for Exchange, ``we have something called Sendmail...'' [chuckles from the admins in the audience] One of the panelists commented that if Microsoft ports their apps, ``we've won.'' [Of course, Apple didn't win...]

Re:To Microsoft (2, Interesting)

RupW (515653) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136071)

Considering that this is called "LinuxWorld", what product will you release next for Linux?

Wasn't their a slashdot article about MS releasing Media Player for Linux? Otherwise, probably Linux to Win interoperability or migration tools.

Ask them if they're going to revive their Unix IE and Media Player and/or target Linux as well as Solaris, etc.

Dear $exhibitor (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135764)

Dear $exhibitor (assuming not Microsoft)

What is your impression of Microsoft a) at your convention and b) Microsoft's efforts to lure Unix customers into their fold, away from Linux? Do they appear successful?

5 Democratic cowards at Pro-Death celebration (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135768)

5 Democratic presidential candidates with the blood of aborted fetuses on their hands showed up at a pro-death Roe v Wade dinner last night. These vicious blood nazis chuckled and congratulated each other on their extreme evil stands on abortion. These Pro-Death candidates will suffer the agony of defeat and the flames of hell for all time. At least racist democratic candidate Al Sharpton has the balls to openly lust for the blood of more aborted babies. The other moral midgets nerely smirked and smiled. The Jew Lieberman with the stains of Nazi death of his people on his conscience lusted for more victems in the form of helpless babies. May these sick people rot in hell.

Re:5 Democratic cowards at Pro-Death celebration (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135787)

Mmmm... 'kay. Could please you tell me where can I find the most sleazy hard core gay porn on the net?

Re:5 Democratic cowards at Pro-Death celebration (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135808)

gayse.cx

Re:5 Democratic cowards at Pro-Death celebration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135919)

Could please you tell me where can I find the most sleazy hard core gay porn on the net?

And this, gentlemen, is what happens to the human brain when the person is infected with homosexuality. Poor creature.

Craziness (0, Troll)

mrtroy (640746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135802)

Question to ANY person there
How many Realdolls [realdoll.com] do you plan on buying once you start selling *insert product of vendor here*

Cuz damn...i know I would be supporting the rest of the technology community if I prospered!
P.S. Buy slashdot a tester model.

To Microsoft (5, Interesting)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135812)

Do you plan on producing Open Source components to any of your products? This primarily refers to server components, such as HTTP, DNS, IMAP, etc. which could function externally to the base programs (Exchange, ISA, etc.) and offer simpler and more granular control over active services.

To Microsoft: (2, Interesting)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135814)

What will you do if you can't convince people the price of your products is worth the additional integration?

And on a related note: if Linux on the desktop takes off, what's Plan B? Do you even know yet?

What is the best giveaway item? (5, Interesting)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135822)

In your experience as a convention exhibitor, what is the most effective giveaway item you've ever used to draw people to your booth long enough to make a pitch? What will people wait in line for, sit through demos for, fill out long questionaires for, let you swipe their card for, jostle others to get?

Conversely, what was the lamest giveaway item you were ever saddled with? Where you had to throw it at passersby, and even then they recoiled in dismay?

Re:What is the best giveaway item? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135851)

The best convention giveaway item I ever got was a rubber dildo.

Then again, it was an erotica convention.

Re:What is the best giveaway item? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135930)


The best convention giveaway item I ever got was a rubber dildo.

Pull it out of your ass and get back to work.

Your Boss.

Re:What is the best giveaway item? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135947)

The boss left two hours ago.

I'm still at work enjoying the benefits of the broadband connection.

Rotten Eggs... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135883)

...for throwing at the people manning the Microsoft booth.

Re:What is the best giveaway item? (1)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136014)

Two items

HP once gave away a plushy winged pig at their booth at Comdex Toronto a long time ago that I had to line up to win a trivia contest for and the other was when I had to get in a LONG lineup to get a genuine beeny with a propeller on top. THAT was cool!

Re:What is the best giveaway item? (4, Informative)

GoRK (10018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136185)

People will stand in line at your booth to enter most any contest that has a prize worth about $150 or more. An entire set of golf clubs generally works well with crowds older than about 30. A laptop or high-end palm pilot works well with younger crowds.

At tech shows (comdex, cebit, etc.) that kind of stuff usually doesnt work as well (though the golf club thing is still very popular.) If it's a show with an audience of mostly men, some good looking females in the booth will do a lot for you.

The gimmies are usually pretty tricky. The most effective ones are the ones that people have never seen before. We gave away cell phone chairs one time, which was pretty stupid, but they worked really well because nobody at the oil and gas show had ever seen them before -- even though there were tens of booths giving them away at the tech shows for a couple years, it was still effective. The CD cases we gave away, by contrast, cost nearly four times as much and were not effective.

The new gimmie we're going to use is silly putty we bought in bulk from Crazy Aaron (www.puttyworld.com [puttyworld.com]) ... haven't seen anyone giving it away yet, but someone's probably done it. Anyway, we sliced it up into small chunks, put it in some inexpensive tins... It's actually very very close to the least expensive thing we've ever given away and it will likely be the most effective thing we have ever used. Just in case, though, we have some sticky notes and a drawing for a set of golf clubs too :)

~GoRK

I'm Roblimo from slashdot... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135826)

... do you think its egotistical of me to push the fact that I'm going to linuxworld into the faces of my audience full of people not coming?

Re:I'm Roblimo from slashdot... (0, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136053)

It's more pathetic than anything else.

It's amateur hour. Like a 7th grade science fair.

And noone there has any money.

And there's a parking lot full of idling mini-vans while everyone's mom reads Cosmo and waits for them to finish their little 'expo'.

What the hell (-1, Offtopic)

Mr.Dippy (613292) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135830)

For a conference that is all about free-open source solutions, why the hell is it so expensive to go?

MS at booth 257 (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135835)

According to this link [linuxworldexpo.com], Microsoft is exhibiting the following products:
This exhibitor is not currently assigned to any product categories.

I can name a few categories in which to put MS products. If that can help.

Why does the Linux World Expo webserver.... (4, Insightful)

Wntrmute (18056) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135852)

...run Windows 2000? [netcraft.com] :-)

This is why (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135967)

Five Nines

In the IT industry, server operating system reliability is expressed in terms of "nines." For example, 99.99 percent uptime is referred to as "four nines" and 99.999 percent uptime is referred to as "five nines." Regarded as the highest number realistically achievable, five nines equates to less than five minutes downtime per year.

The developers who built the Windows 2000 Server Family targeted 24x7x365 uptime. In business terms, that's what five nines deliver. How did they do? Consider the following:

* Today Starbucks, FreeMarkets, and MortgageRamp, an affiliate of GMAC Commercial Mortgage, are using Windows 2000 Server-based systems designed to deliver 99.999 percent server uptime.
* Industry leaders such as Compaq Offsite Link , Dell Offsite Link , Hewlett-Packard Offsite Link , Motorola Computer Group Offsite Link , Unisys Offsite Link , and Stratus Offsite Link can work with you to deliver solutions with up to five nines uptime.

Of course, not all business operations require this level of availability, but one thing is clear from the experiences of the companies above: The Windows 2000 Server family can help you get the system availability you need.

And the three offerings in the family--Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server--allow you to tailor your investment to provide the level of system availability that's appropriate for your various business operations, without overbuying for situations that don't require maximum uptime.
Building on "Outstanding" Availability Out of the Box

For the majority of usage scenarios, 99.99 percent uptime is adequate, as this equals less than one hour of downtime per year. The Aberdeen Group found that Windows 2000 Servers delivered 99.95 percent uptime right out of the box, before the servers were fully optimized for the environment, and before the IT staff had gotten up to speed using the new operating system. Read the report to see why the Aberdeen Group calls this level of availability "outstanding."

Microsoft treated that level as a baseline. To deliver the ultimate in business availability, the company realized that solutions need to include highly trained people and top-notch processes, in addition to solid technology. So Microsoft created the Datacenter Server Program, which can help you achieve 99.999 percent uptime with Windows 2000 Datacenter Server on qualified systems from Microsoft OEM partners. See the FreeMarkets case study for an example of the Datacenter Server Program.
Analysts and Customers Agree

In its report on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, DH Brown Associates says, "Windows 2000 clearly takes a major step up in the enterprise food chain and now resides legitimately on the same field as UNIX competitors. Moreover, the business programs that Microsoft has put in place around Windows 2000 Datacenter Server will give broad classes of users the confidence to deploy higher-end applications on its platform."
Technology: Built to Keep Running

To support customer's needs for up to 99.999 percent business availability, Microsoft changed both the operating system and the way it was developed. First, the development team designed a development process geared to find and eliminate potential failures and operations that required rebooting the system. Then the development team analyzed nearly 1,200 servers running Windows NT Server 4.0. They learned that 65 percent of system reboots were due to planned outages for routine administrative tasks such as adding hardware and applications.

Of the unplanned outages, 21 percent were caused by application failures, and 14 percent were due to system failures. More than half of the system failures were traced to device drivers, anti-virus software, and hardware failures. (Note: This finding supports industry studies that say as much as 80 percent of system failures can be traced to errors caused by people or flawed processes, an issue addressed in the People and Processes section below.)

Among the culprits for systems failures: faulty driver software. So the developers conducted tests with anti-virus software and driver software developers. To prevent crashes in the future, independent software developers and hardware vendors can now test their code using the Windows 2000 Driver Verifier tool.

To help keep systems up and running, Windows 2000 greatly reduces the number of maintenance tasks, such as installing hardware and software, that require rebooting the computer.

Other reliability tools include a resource-partitioning feature that prevents application failures from forcing reboots, and an improved Task Manager that lets administrators kill entire process trees to completely shut down a "misbehaving" application.

Lastly, to reduce the amount of time systems are offline, when a system fails or is taken down for maintenance, new boot options let administrators quickly restart the system.
Increasing Levels of Availability

Many organizations will use a Windows 2000-based server to run e-Commerce and customer relationship management solutions to take advantage of its extensive support for custom Web and application development. These applications can take advantage of the added reliability offered by Windows 2000 Advanced Server or Datacenter Server. These versions provide clustering and load-balancing technologies that allow multiple servers to handle the load of a single application. With clustering, if one server fails, another can assume the load so the application keeps running. Load balancing allows you to distribute network traffic across up to 32 servers to increase availability and performance.

For the most demanding solutions, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server is designed for enterprises that need high-end, very reliable hardware and software for high-traffic networks and applications.

Closing the Loop: People and Processes

For Microsoft, much of the work to improve Windows reliability and availability went into improving the operating system software, both to reduce causes of failures and eliminate the need to take the system down for maintenance tasks. For customers, improving system availability starts with the new technology provided by the Windows 2000 Server Family of operating systems.

To get the highest level of availability from any operating system, including Windows, requires an IT environment built around sound operating guidelines and staffed by well-trained employees. To help customers build such an environment, Microsoft and third parties offer a collection of training and support programs suitable for the full range of businesses, from small one-office companies to distributed global enterprises. These programs cover operations training, system support, and for best practices guidelines for system design, installation, and maintenance.
How to get Started

Windows 2000 Server introduces new levels of reliability and availability for all your business operations. You can obtain the system availability you need in a variety of ways, from simply upgrading your existing system to Windows 2000 Server, all the way through obtaining maximum system availability with Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. Here's how:

* Learn about upgrading an existing server
* Work with Microsoft Certified Partners Offsite Link specializing in reliable server solutions
* Get Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server on a new computer
* Get maximum reliability with Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Conclusion

The Windows 2000 Server Family is the most reliable set of server operating systems Microsoft has ever produced. The improvements in Windows 2000 mean the systems you need to run your business will be available when you need them. Further, Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server provide increasing levels of system availability, to let the operating system readily support high-traffic Web sites, high-volume transaction processing, and many other demanding applications. Customers can choose from this line of products for their various operations, investing appropriately to achieve the level of system uptime they need for any given task.

Beyond improvements to the operating system, Microsoft has developed training and support resources that help businesses optimize Windows systems and the environments in which they are used to ensure maximum uptime. To learn more about the improvements in the Windows 2000 Server Family and the resources for improved training and processes, see "Increasing System Reliability and Availability in Windows 2000."

Re:Why does the Linux World Expo webserver.... (1)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136060)

As it's been run on Linux, IRIX, NT and 2000 I'd guess it's because it's offloaded to a 3rd party, same as when the anti-unix campaign was running on a unix webserver.

The whois contact is IDG World Expo, so it sounds like the running of the expo has been contracted out (which makes sense). But yes, a bit of a boo boo isn't it?

Re:Why does the Linux World Expo webserver.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136284)

Why not? Why does Linux always have to present itself at odds with Microsoft. It hasn't worked before. You newbies need to catch on.

Question (-1, Offtopic)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135858)


Who'd win in a fight, Theo de Raadt or god?
Ha, trick question, Theo de Raadt is god!

GNU/Linix On The Desktop (5, Interesting)

rootmon (203439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135870)

I know it's been the dream of GNU/Linux enthusiasts for years: to replace Windows on client PCs. Thus far, Microsoft's hold on OEMs hasn't been broken in the desktop PC market, though there are some encouraging signs like Walmart's $199 Microtel GNU/Linux PCs and LTSP spreading in schools. My question is this: do you think GNU/Linux will really succeed in spreading out from the server room to win a significant share of the desktop client market? If so, when and how do you think this will happen? (Such as HP/Compaq, Dell, Gateway, IBM, etc all pushing GNU/Linux PCs with Open Office to businesses, or thin client computing like LTSP gaining popularity, etc.)

When Are People Going To Start Using Linux? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135891)

As the subject reads..

When oh when are people (and I don't mean KM-RAD hax0r geeks) going to start using Linux.

Mandrakes tits up, RedHats next.

Ask a Linux Administrator? Is this, TheOnion? (3, Funny)

FreshGroundPepper (70119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5135963)

Dear Linux Administrator,

I'm a divorced mother of seven trying to put my life put back together after the death of my fourth husband. My kids still blame me for his death (it wasn't my fault, honest!), and I'm having a tough time meeting new people. What should I do?

--Sleepless in Sarasota

Re:Ask a Linux Administrator? Is this, TheOnion? (5, Funny)

vaxer (91962) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136049)


Dear Linux Administrator,

I'm a divorced mother of seven trying to put my life put back together after the death of my fourth husband. My kids still blame me for his death (it wasn't my fault, honest!), and I'm having a tough time meeting new people. What should I do?

-Sleepless in Sarasota


Dear Sleepless in Sarasota,

Since uugetty is part of getty_ps you'll first have to install getty_ps. If you don't have it, get the latest version from metalab.unc.edu:/pub/Linux/system/serial. In particular, if you want to use high speeds (57600 and 115200 bps), you must get version 2.0.7j or later. You must also have libc 5.x or greater.

By default, getty_ps will be configured to be Linux FSSTND (File System Standard) compliant, which means that the binaries will be in /sbin, and the config files will be named /etc/conf.{uu}getty.ttySN. This is not apparent from the documentation! It will also expect lock files to go in /var/lock. Make sure you have the /var/lock directory.

If you don't want FSSTND compliance, binaries will go in /etc, config files will go in /etc/default/{uu}getty.ttySN, and lock files will go in /usr/spool/uucp. I recommend doing things this way if you are using UUCP, because UUCP will have problems if you move the lock files to where it isn't looking for them.

getty_ps can also use syslogd to log messages. See the man pages for syslogd(1) and syslog.conf(5) for setting up syslogd, if you don't have it running already. Messages are logged with priority LOG_AUTH, errors use LOG_ERR, and debugging uses LOG_DEBUG. If you don't want to use syslogd you can edit tune.h in the getty_ps source files to use a log file for messages instead, namely /var/adm/getty.log by default.

Decide on if you want FSSTND compliance and syslog capability. You can also choose a combination of the two. Edit the Makefile, tune.h and config.h to reflect your decisions. Then compile and install according to the instructions included with the package.

Re:Ask a Linux Administrator? Is this, TheOnion? (0)

Incorrigible (570746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136126)

What is Tom Sawyer about, you ask? Well, basically, the book Tom Sawyer is about the olden days, back in the days of Huckleberry Finn. Back then, many people were so poor, they had no shoes and often wore only overalls with no shirt. The main character, whose name is Tom Sawyer, was so poor he had to paint something to earn money. Which is tough work, as I know, because I once had to paint a garage, and it took a long time. It's too bad times were so tough when the Sawyers were around, but it's important to keep in mind that this was the olden days. I would say things have certainly changed since the book took place, what with TV and movies and all. Things were simpler back then, for sure, but people like the ones in the book Tom Sawyer were pretty happy living the way they did. What's that? How would I respond to charges that Tom Sawyer is racist? Well, in the book Tom Sawyer, there is some of that, but we need to keep in mind as readers of today that that kind of thing is unacceptable. At the same time, though, that's how things were back then, so the book is also like a history book, if you think about it that way.

You knew it was coming (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5135969)

Vi or Emacs?

Re:You knew it was coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136147)

what?

pico is the best.

Bring a penguin doll and ask: (1)

crawdaddy (344241) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136021)

How do you like my tux?

Or pull your dick out and ask: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136215)

Will you suck my cock? It tastes like Roblimos ass.

I just got an email for you.. (1)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136026)

Hopefully, I'll have time to type up the answers over the weekend and post them Monday or Tuesday.

Subject: You talk, it types..

To icculus.org (5, Interesting)

alkini (96159) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136031)

To icculus.org [icculus.org] (booth #9): What is it like to be a small organization at a big convention with people like HP, Microsoft, Red Hat, etc? Do people give you any credit for what you are doing?

For the Microsoft folks: (5, Interesting)

sterno (16320) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136064)

Do they read Slashdot? If so, why do they think there is such a strong anti-microsoft sentiment on Slashdot? What do they think Microsoft can do to change that sentiment?

You know, a nice easy question for them to handle :)

Re:For the Microsoft folks: (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136148)

From the Microsoft folks:

1) Why would we some cheesy meta-blog?

2) Who gives a squirmy shit what a bunch of trolls think?

3) I dunno, string up michael?

Re:For the Microsoft folks: (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136218)

Given that the level of discussion in the anti-MS topics would indicate that most of the participants are circa sophomore year in high school, does anyone at MS care about the anti-MS sentiment on Slashdot?

I mean, does anyone seriously think that the proud owners of all the anti-MS vitriol here is a decision maker at his company?

To Linux Software Vendors (5, Interesting)

MyGirlFriendsBroken (599031) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136067)

Is Mac OS X a big enough competitor (for want of a better word) to the Linux server/desktop market to warrent porting products over to either OS X or to Darwin?

This is with focus on the server side.

Hello from lwx (0)

markdev (147826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136117)

I'm posting this comment from a Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 at LWX. Just thought that was neat.

Ask Dell about forcing MS onto edu customers (5, Interesting)

BACbKA (534028) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136120)

The Dell's online computer purchases, in the "educational" section, only offer Windows as the O.S. [Last verified - about a month ago, when my friend from an American university whose IT dept prefers Dell computers to purchase from the scientific research grants money asked me to help him select his future computer config.]

Neither the "no-OS-gimme-refund" or a prepackaged Linux option is available. How does this coincide with the present Dell attempts to position itself as a friend of Linux?

first post!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136159)

or maybe not. but i'm at linuxworld, and you're not :P

Software for Children (5, Interesting)

north.coaster (136450) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136163)

Are there any plans to offer software specifically targetted towards grade school age children? Seems like there may be an untapped market here.

Biggest surprise of the show? (0, Redundant)

StarTux (230379) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136192)

What was your biggest pleasant surprise of the show, if any

Conversly, what was your biggest let down of the shown, if any.

StarTux

IBM and client linux? (5, Insightful)

cdc179 (561916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136205)

To IBM:

Currently there are lots of IBM commercials regarding Linux. At home all I use is Linux and am far more productive, yet at work(IBM) am forced to use winblows. When are you going to start embracing using technologies that your costomers and workers can use. Instead of having web broadcase in Windows median, switch to another format. This goes to all of the documents and programs being used. Why have a coorprate license for Office XP when we can use OpenOffice.org?

Currently this aspect is forcing your customers to use windows. With this attitude you will never gain any ground in the Desktop world. There is plenty to gain and somebody in bigblue needs to wake up.

To Macrovision Corp. (5, Interesting)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136207)

To Macrovision Corp. (booth R10)

As I understand, your main stakes are in the encoding of ntsc and pal video signals as to make them uncopyable in receiving hardware (correct me if I'm incorrect).

As that stated, why are you involved with Linux?
Are you contributing to the video section (V4L) of the Linux kernel or making user-land utilities?
In general, what are your open business plans with Linux?

Major question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136258)

What exactly the fuck is wrong with Linux Developers? Why does it take SO LONG to produce useful programs, like Open Office etc? It seems that IF Linux wants to be taken Seriously, Then developers should develop parallel programs to those used in the Windows world? Why are Linux weenies so gay and egotistical and eliteist? Even Linus Torvalds got married and had children, what is keeping the rest of you homo's from figuring out that gay is not the way? It is a non-reproductive choice and therefore doomed to extinction. CHOICE, nothing more, spare me the biased pro-shitpacking studies done by rump ranger 'medical' doctors. Choice, why has not the developer community made the correct choice?

Red Hat, Suse, SCO, et al. (5, Interesting)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136281)

Microsoft has adjusted their rehtoric against Linux, again, and says they will now be pushing the integration advantages of Windows over Linux. This, in my opinion, does have some merit as, management of a Microsoft network is highly integrate from groupware and databases to desktop workstations. The Linux environment however, is composed of individual projects with little or no integration which forces Linux management to be performed through kludges and custom scripts.

Indeed, the most popular and perhaps best, integrated management system for the Linux environment appears to be Webmin which, though very good, is forced to be a kludge and still falls short of a truely integrated enterprise Linux management system. While Red Hat offers RHN and SCO offers Volution Manager neither one truely integrates the overall management of a Linux shop.

Are you, the leading commercial Linux vendors targeting the enterprise market, planning on making any efforts to integrate Linux management on an enterprise level such as Microsoft and Novell already do? If so, what are these efforts and how will they be licensed?

Acceptance of Linux in the Boardroom (2, Interesting)

BeowulfSchaeffer (588150) | more than 11 years ago | (#5136372)

Since the visibility of a OS in the offices of the members of the board is key to its acceptance within the company, do you think that developing and promoting a desktop Linux, easy enough so that even CEO's can use it, should be a priority for the Linux community, and should getting CEO's to try a fully developed Linux desktop environment also be part of that priority?

TRY?!?! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5136384)

...I will try to ask speakers...

Do or do not. There is no try.

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