No Partying for Linux Lovers in Frisco
Delegates at last week's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco were disappointed that there was no formal company-sponsored conference party.Delegates at last weeks LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco were disappointed that there was no formal company-sponsored conference party. In a town known for its wild partying, many of the open-source geeks were hoping for a repeat of the lavish bash sponsored by IBM at the previous LinuxWorld in New York last January. Apparently, none of the corporate sponsors for the San Francisco event, which included IBM, HP, Intel, Sun and Compaq, thought it appropriate to spend that amount of money on a party when they were laying off staff and cutting costs. An Armonk tattler told the Kitty that the New York party had cost IBM a "small fortune" and that Big Blue would probably sponsor a similar event again in New York next year. The tipster also told the Kitty that although coughing up the dough for two big parties in the current economic climate seemed unwise, IBMers had hoped that one of the other sponsors would have taken on the responsibility of throwing a bash for the faithful.
A tipster on the Big Brother watch told the Tabby that the Business Software Alliance is gearing up to kick off its next Truce Campaign next month. The BSA, which comprises more than a dozen companies such as Microsoft and Adobe, expects the campaign to get small and medium-size businesses to self-audit their machines and immediately get any unlicensed software into compliance. So dont be surprised when the disturbing radio ads and strongly worded letters begin to assault you this fall. But, remember as the group storms into town, the BSA cant force you to do anything without a court order.