LinuxWorld 2006: A Diamond in The Rough
"What do you think of the show?" This is the question I heard all week at LinuxWorld here.
It turns out that many of my journalist peers, a few speakers and a number of vendors weren't as impressed by the show as I was.
This was the year when neither HP nor IBM had a booth on the exhibit floor. Many people I spoke with mentioned their absence. But I'm a journalist, and had the benefit of being pre-briefed by both IBM and HP, and I even attended an HP VIP event on the opening night of the show.
I heard a rumor that Red Hat initially balked on exhibiting at the show when it discovered IBM wouldn't have a booth. But Red Hat and the show's higher-ups evidently came to an agreement and Red Hat showed, as did its competitor Novell.
There was no PHP or Zend booth, nothing from Debian (though Ubuntu was there) no Mandriva and no Mozilla.