Linux In New York

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If you know the way, it's a reasonably quick walk west from New York's Penn Station to the Jacob Javitz Convention Center. One can avoid the cab lines and take a quick tour of West 34th street between train station and trade show. This Wednesday, it was surprisingly warm and I was glad I'd left my jacket at home as I hoofed it over to LinuxWorld.

LinuxWorld is a small show by the standards of the Javitz Center, but the aisles were crowded and the mood on the floor was excited. The exhibit space was dominated by the big vendors: HP and Compaq, Intel and AMD, CA and Sun, and of course, Linux's biggest booster, IBM, but crowds also lined up at Caledra, Red Hat, and other booths featuring big penguins and giving away free software.

Our Linux News Center has all our coverage of the event, including the three keynotes, from HP's Carly Fiorina, CA's Sanjay's Kumar, and IBM's William Zeitler, and product annoucements from IBM, Red Hat and NEC. You'll even find my quick take on the Open Source Development Lab's plans for enterprise Linux standards.

Best of the Week

Apart from the show, the big news of the week was the announcement that Sam Palmisano would step into Lou Gerstner's shoes as CEO of IBM in a matter of months. Rich Cirillo takes a closer look at the task ahead of Palmisano.

CRN's cover story looks at The Dell Services Myth, while VARBusiness interviews six experts on the happy topic of Why VARs Fail.

A Musical Interlude

There's no one with more dedication to solution providers than our Bob Faletra, big boss and president of CMP Media's Technology Solutions Group. But even I was surprised to hear he'd put his feelings into song. You can hear it right here.

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