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By: John Kaster
Abstract: Some pictures and press links from Linux Business Expo November 13 - 17, 2000 at COMDEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
by John Kaster, Borland Developer Relations
November 13th to 17th, Borland hosted two booths at the Linux Business Expo at
COMDEX 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. We had presentations usually on the hour, showing our progress
on Project Kylix. On every other half-hour, we showed
JBuilder 4, the current release of our pure Java
cross-platform development solution (which includes the Linux platform).
Last year at this same show, we already had JBuilder running on Linux, but we didn't
see the crowds we did this year. It could be due to the smaller booth last year, but
we also didn't get a lot of people interested in development solutions for Linux. Last
year, it seemed that most of the attendees (and it was crowded last year, too) were more
interested in finding out what they could do with Linux. This year, it appears that
most of the attendees were ready to start working Linux support, and wanted to learn
about the development tools that are available for Linux.
We had tremendous response to both JBuilder and
Project Kylix both in our
theater demonstrations and at our individual demo stations. There was rarely a time
when our machines were not in use -- and it was usually at the start of the day or
very end of the day.
For example, while Geoff Goetz, one of our Sales Engineers, was demonstrating
JBuilder to a packed theater, I was wandering around behind the theater, and found
a show attendee playing with the Kylix IDE. I asked him if he had any questions.
He just smiled and said "No," and continued playing with the IDE.
After about 2 minutes,
he stood up and backed away from the computer, glanced at me, and told me, "This is
the most awesome thing I have ever seen on Linux," turned around, and walked away.
It was a lot of fun being at the show.
Our booth wasn't the only place things were hopping for us at the show.
The press was extremely interested in Kylix and JBuilder.
Here's a short list of some of the press coverage we had.
Here's some of the pictures taken with my camera at the show.
As we get closer to releasing Kylix (we're planning on it being available in the first
quarter of 2001), we'll be showing it in additional places and posting more information
on our web sites. For an exhibition near you, check our Events Calendar.
I hope you gleaned some new technical information from this article, but I mainly wrote
it to show the community our presence and COMDEX and share a little bit of the fun
we had at the show.
Enjoy, John Kaster
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