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The StartX Files: Inside the Expo
On Penguins and Lawyers
August 8, 2003
I found it very ironic that while the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was going on in one part of the Moscone Convention Center, the American Bar Association was meeting just across the street in another part of the huge facility.
It made me wonder, as I walked down the street towards my own desitination, if David Boies was over there somewhere, chatting with his fellow legal eagles. Later in the day, on a whim, I sauntered over there to see what I could see. But whims sometimes do not work out as planned, especially when confronted with large security personnel who don't see your name on their media list.
So much for attending two conventions in the same trip.
This whimisical attitude was brought on by the fact that this particular iteration of the LWE that I was attending had its own very positive attitude. People, it seemed, were happy to be there, and were really interested in getting information about how they can actually use this thing called Linux.
In recent years, the attendance of the LWE has been sharply lower, particularly on the East Coast. This week, the conference organizers were passing along unofficial estimates of 14,000-15,000 attendees, and they had relived smiles on their faces when they did so. But beyond the sheer numbers, there was a strong sense of satisifaction everywhere.