At LinuxWorld: IBM Takes Slashdot's Space

by David Sims

The best example of how LinuxWorld NYC had changed from the previous year was the position of Slashdot's booth. Last year, Andover Net's booth dominated the main entrance to the exhibit hall, where Slashdot founders CmdrTaco and Hemos held court over a few dozen hackers tapping away on laptops in bean bag chairs -- the center of the revolution.

This year, Slashdot's space was in the back of the hall, on the back side of a space shared by and other parts of the Open Source Developers Network.

In Slashdot's old space: IBM showing how to run Linux on big iron. It had also tossed down a few bean bag chairs, but no one seemed to be having much fun in them.

In fact, no one anywhere at the show seemed to be having nearly as much fun as last year. There were fewer 25-year-old millionaires this time around, but also a more relaxed acceptance of the fact that Linux and BSD will be an ongoing part of the IT pie, not a fluke. The positive spin on the slowing economy was that it will lead more companies to look at open source as a cost saving solution.

A few other notes:

  • Helix Code has changed its name to Ximian, although it wisely kept its great monkey logo. Its interface seems much more like Eazel's Nautilus than it did the last time I saw it (at LinuxWorld in San Jose last August), packaged with more more features to update and install software.

  • Red Hat has launched an e-commerce division that includes a couple of companies it has acquired: C2Net, which makes the Stronghold secure Apache server and publishes Apache Week, and Inkopia , which sells open source e-commerce software called Interchange, which some of you may remember as minivend. Interchange and its main competitor, Zelerate (until recently Open Sales) are both e-commerce applications built in Perl to run on the LAMP or a similar platform.

    Red Hat also announced it would bundle Eazel's Nautilus with an upcoming release, possibly 7.2, although the final release of Nautilus seems to keep slipping.

  • LAMP. No one had heard of it but, as often happens, once we explained it, many smiled as they realized they run on LAMP. Baiju Thakkar, the editor of and, told me a discussion of LAMP came up on the NYC Perl Mongers mailing list on Wednesday evening, because someone in the group had picked up a "Best of" booklet at the O'Reilly booth.The only person I talked with who didn't seem interested in the concept was Marc Fournier, a lead developer on PostgreSQL. Maybe LAPP for him.