How an open source community gets built

Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT
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CURACAO, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES -- When I agreed to speak at this island's first-ever free/open source conference last Wednesday, I was warned that Linux and open source were not well-known here. This was not true, but most of Curacao's Linux and open source software users thought they were alone. Indeed, it turns out that almost every major IT-related business here was already using Linux, and that most plan to use it more in the future. This saddened Microsoft employee Edwin Marchan, who also spoke to the approximately 75 local IT leaders who came to learn about Linux and open source, but everyone else went away happy.

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