The yearly show at Olympia in London on the 20th and 21st April allows all the big Linux backers to show off all their latest Linux products and services. The show had over 100 participants including companies such as IBM, Sun, Red Hat and SuSe. I visited on the Tuesday afternoon after travelling from the Midlands on the trains.
The following are some of the photos I took from the day of the various exhibitors:
One of the main features of the day was a helicopter which demonstrated Linux running a flight simulator. It was a nice touch even if it was just running from a desktop pc with a standard joy stick.
Here's maybe a slightly better angle of the chopper where you can see the screen and the queue. While I didn't personally have a go at the flight simulator is certainly was one of the most interesting features to watch.
The next stand I visited was for SuSE/Novell (here
) who where showing off SuSE 9.1 and had been giving talks throughout the day. While you couldn't actually get a copy of SuSE Linux 9.1 you could get SuSE's year old Desktop Linux fortunately the the well manned stand said that 9.1 would be available within the next month.
Further round the show was the Red Hat (here
) stand, in this case with a packed audience all eager to see the advantages of the latest enterprise products available.
Next to the Red Hat stand was the Sun (here
) exhibit, while they were very clear to promote Java and the Java Desktop environment I didn't see anything about OpenOffice (here
) or StarOffice.
Here's another view of the Sun stand looking over the Red Hat exhibit. There is even a queue to get into the Sun Stand at this point.
Next to the entrance was the rather big IBM (here
Another view of the IBM area with plenty on demonstration.
Down stairs was the well named .org village ? well named cause it was small. A number of exhibitors including KDE (here
), Gnome (here
), Scribus (here
) and Gentoo (here
) were packed into this area showing off what they had to offer. Most included just a laptop running the advertised application however some such as KDE had leaflets on a range of information to do with KDE.
Most of the stands wern't selling anything directly apart from the UKLinux (here
) stand which had plenty on offer. It should be noted that UKLinux were also responsible for sponsoring the .org village making it possible for many of the smaller organisations to have a stand.
The Debian (here
) stand was also selling and giving information about some of their releases.
Over all it was a good day out, it only took a couple of hours to look round the show and I will say I was expecting a bit more. It was worth the travel (even if the trains were delayed both ways) and I hope to go again next year.
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