Todays LinuxWorld Is All Grown Up
Opinion: Since its inception five years ago, the show has gone from a gathering of aficionados to a place to talk business about a mature technology.Its been five years since I set foot on the floor of the first LinuxWorld in San Jose, Calif. What a long, strange trip its been. Back then, Caldera, Corel, Compaq, IBM, LinuxCare, Red Hat, Sendmail and VA Research dominated the rather small showroom floor. As for Debian, the Linux behind popular business distributions such as Xandros and Progeny? The Slashdot crew? They were wildly popular back in the hinterlands of the floor. My, what a few years will do. Caldera, to make a really, really long story short, became SCO, the archenemy of all things Penguinish. Of 1999s major Linux distributors, only Red Hat has remained independent. Most of the other companies at that first show have disappeared, changed their business or been bought out by other, bigger firms.
Who would have thought it? Not me. I will give myself credit for one thing: Even before the show doors opened, I knew that Linux was going to be big, big business for the enterprise.