Press Advisory - "Future of Linux" Panel

Press are welcome and will be let in even though registrations are now on a stand-by basis. Just identify yourself as press and show a credential at registration.

We have been notified of TV crews who will be present and need to plan space for them. If you plan to bring more than just shoulder cameras to the event, contact Mike Masterson at Taos Mountain (408-588-1200) before Noon Monday to coordinate space. Otherwise you're on your own.

CONTACT: Michael Masterson (408)588-1200


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July, 10, 1998 - The potential growth and industry
role of Linux, the free  version of the UNIX operating system that runs
on Intel-based PCs and Internet servers, will be in debate next week
when its creator, Linus Torvalds, joins other industry visionaries to
discuss its future. Fast gaining acceptance by the ISP and Internet
community, the question is whether or not Linux will garner widespread
adoption in the business world, building on the prevalence of the
Intel-based architecture.

WHAT: Part of the Taos Tech Talk panel discussion series, The Future of
Linux, will address issues including: 
- Will Linux take sales away from commercial UNIX or Windows NT? 
- How will Linux running on Intel-based Internet servers compare to UNIX
running on non-Intel hardware today and in the future?
- Can open-source development produce quality software? 
- Can open-source development ever challenge Microsoft's proprietary
- Why should large corporations trust a free operating system? 

 - Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux
 - Robert Hart, Red Hat Software
 - Sunil Saxena, Intel's UNIX performance laboratory 
 - Larry Augustin, Silicon Valley Linux User Group and director of Linux
International, a non-profit consortium of Linux users and vendors; and 
 - Jeremy Allison, developer of SAMBA. 
Journalist who'll question the panel
 - Phillip Hughes, publisher of Linux Journal
 - Michael Masterson, Taos Mountain Director of Technical Services
 - Taos Mountain, a provider of system support and Web development services 
 - Silicon Valley Linux User Group (SVLUG)

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 1998. 

WHERE: The Santa Clara Convention Center
The corner of Great America Parkway and Tasman Drive in Santa Clara,

WHY: Linux is a free UNIX operating system that runs on Intel-based PCs
and Internet servers.  Linux is developed by an army of volunteers
around the world who coordinate their efforts using the Internet. It has
become the most celebrated of a whole breed of "open-source" software
developed using the radical new method. Some believe that open-source
development will eventually erode corporate software vendor's profits as
surely as it has altered how software is made. 

Note:  Attendance is free, but registration required.  Visit to register.
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