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Real World Linux 2004: Bigger and Better - page 6

The True Linux Turnout

  • May 3, 2004
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

HappyWorker.com added a product launch to the Real World Linux mix. They weren't offering a new server, or even a spiffy network appliance. Instead, it was a toy named Geekman. Geekman is a pasty, six inch tall fellow with all of the right accessories: thick-framed black glasses he can wear, a laptop, a PDA with a magnet in it so he can attach it to his belt, a coffee mug he can hold in his hand, and a wristwatch that he can wear as well. Complete with pocket protector, fun catch-phrases like "That's not a bug, it's a feature," and super-powers such as "Less than ideal personal hygiene routine," the Geekman action figure could make a fun gift for your favorite Linux geek.

It was hard to tell what operating system he was running on his laptop, though. The GUI looked a little familiar. Was it Linux? Only the designers know for sure.

All in all, Real World Linux 2004 had a lot more energy than 2003. There were lots of talks worth attending, lots of people on the show floor, and there were plenty of worthwhile networking opportunities for those more inclined to sit and talk. This show shows many signs of maturing into a premier Canadian Linux destination.

Dee-Ann LeBlanc is an award-winning author and technical journalist focusing on Linux. With twelve books and over one-hundred and fifty articles to her credit, she's well on her way to her goal of world domination. Her latest book is Linux for Dummies, 5th Edition.

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