LWCE 2008 Day One - Report from inside the .org Pavilion

Posted by dowdle on Aug 6, 2008 10:03 AM EDT
MontanaLinux.org; By Scott Dowdle
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This year the show seems a little smaller although it is hard to know for sure without comparing numbers (which I don't have handy). My only point of reference being the exhibit floor which appears to have fewer exhibitors, wider isles... and this year there is an "Installfest" section that takes up a bit of room... that makes one wonder if they decided to add it to eliminate a big chunk of empty space.

LWCE still continues to have the ".org Pavilion" in the back right corner of the exhibit area. That is where you will find the OpenVZ Project booth which I am helping to staff. Other .org Pavilion booths include, Fedora, Joomla, Drupal, FSF, Creative Commons, the Linux Foundation, OLPC, OpenSUSE... and a number of others I haven't had time to visit yet.

All of the Linux magazines have a booth... all giving away their latest issues with show specials geared to attract new subscribers. The vast majority of the commercial exhibitors are hardware makers (server hardware, networking equipment, storage system manufacturers, etc), network service providers, and software companies like VMware, Oracle, etc.

Some of the booths are very elaborate (take the giant pair of dice hanging over the Dice booth for example) that took much of Monday to unpack from huge wooden shipping crates. Other booths, like those in the ".org Pavilion" are quite simplistic by comparison with just a generic sign, a table, a couple of chairs... and a one or two people behind laptops.

LXer editor - you are encouraged to stop by the OpenVZ Project booth and talk to us about OpenVZ so perhaps you can write a feature article about it. I don't have any fancy swag to tempt you with though. :(

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