Adam,

good comments.

I spent the whole of today  in NY City at linux world.  Very well run
conference and expo...COMMON could learn alot from them in the expo
area...

The expo and attendance was much lower than I had expected...

I was surprised to see the lack of major application system providers in
the expo...most of them seemed tobe hardware, development tools and other
misc development/developers...as well as Red Hat, HP, Intel, IBM, most of
the NYC area linux UG's....even Sharp was demo'ing the new palm units
running linux...

And, I was also surprised to hear that SAP has been live on linux for some
time....also surprised were many of the vendors/developers who had earlier
in the day confirmed that the big software houses were still "testing the
waters"...I actually found the linux update from the IBM SAP rep at the
IBM booth as SAP didn't have a presence there of their own....neither did
JDE, Lawson, Seibel, etc....

And, the IBM booth(s) had both a 270 and a 820(albeit, not the currently
announced version...with linux)

Alot of concensus was that even though you don't see what we would
consider mainstream software packages, that the major houses were
definately in the testing the waters phase, if not in the R&D phases.

Thanks...

Don in DC






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