LinuxWorld 2002

Big business was briefly paired with hackers at the expo. The business folks got all excited and talked about long-term committed relationships, but the hackers were bored out of their minds.

Many long-term LinuxWorld attendees said they thought the corporate presence at this year's show was both overwhelming and uninspiring, and they felt that the expo had lost its hacker heart.

"Be careful what you wish for," programmer Mickey Haines said. "Five years ago, we all wished that Linux would be accepted by the business world. Our wish was granted. But the payback is a plague of pink-faced guys in shiny blue suits. The expo is all about brains and business now, not art and heart like it used to be.",1367,50173,00.html