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Penguins in Tel Aviv? It Must Be the Annual Open-Source Convention

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Israel, where I live, is known for its large number of high-tech startups. But when I moved here in 1995, Linux and the idea of open source software was virtually unknown, even among programmers. It was thus a delight to spend this (Friday) morning with 250-300 other open-source advocates, at the annual "August Penguin" conference -- and to see several dozen hands go up when a conference organizer asked how many people worked at a job that allowed them to work with open-source software.

This was the seventh August Penguin conference, sponsored by the Israeli open-source advocacy group, HaMakor ("the source"), and co-sponsored by a number of other organizations, ranging from the Israeli branch of the Internet Society, to small companies servicing the open-source sector, to Microsoft.

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft was a major sponsor of the conference.

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