There's no denying that Linux is sending disruptive waves through
every segment of the technology business. The real question is how to
capitalize on this transition to make it positive for your
organization. I don't have all the answers which is why I invited Clay
Christensen to this year's Desktop Linux Summit. The renowned author of
the The Innovator's Dilemma and The
Innovator's Solution will be giving a keynote at this year's event,
enlightening us all about how we can benefit from the phenomenon of
disruptive technology. If you haven't read Clay's book, he examines
historic disruptive technologies to identify lessons and themes. I was
struck by how those lessons fit what I'm witnessing on a daily basis
with Linux. I hope to learn more from Mr. Christensen and even get some
early insights from his upcoming third book called Seeing What's Next.
I hope by now you've signed up for the Desktop Linux Summit, which is on
April 22nd-23rd. This Thursday-Friday event will be loaded with leading
technology companies, dynamic speakers and computer
enthusiasts all meeting in Del
Mar, California for the 2nd annual event dedicated exclusively to Linux
on the desktop. We've expanded the agenda to include even more
fascinating speakers, and we've created new exhibit areas such as the
gaming area and enterprise row to accommodate entertainment companies
and enterprise software vendors. You won't want to miss this incredible
event. Pre-registration ends this Friday after which prices go up so be
sure and reserve your tickets now. Tickets are just $50 for complete
access to this two-day event. This includes food and a goodie bag, making
it an exceptional value.
You'll hear from some of the leading technology and business minds
during this event. Besides Clay Christensen, Jef Raskin, creator of the
Apple Macintosh, will be
speaking about bringing computers to the next level of usability. Doc
Searls, who was one of the most popular speakers at last year's Desktop
Linux Summit, is returning this year with a speech that promises to be
even better. Doc is a well-known authority on how technology and
business overlap. He is the co-author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto: The
Business as Usual", which spent 13 months as #1 bestseller on Amazon.com,
he's also senior editor at Linux Journal.
Not only have we
upped the ante for the speaker hall, but the exhibits promise to be
bigger and better this year as well. GarageGames, who you might know as
the publisher of games in the CNR Warehouse such as Marble Blast, Orbz
and ThinkTanks, is co-hosting the Summit's Gaming Area. The Gaming Area
will be filled with 10-20 fully-stocked computers from Sub300.com.
attendees will be able to sit down and play against each other, getting
a feel for the power of Internet gaming on desktop Linux. In addition,
Sub300.com will even be giving away one of the powerful computers from
the Gaming Area.
Attendees can participate in the Builders Workshop on Thursday, April 22nd. The workshop
is designed to show system builders how to develop their own Linux
strategy to lower costs, satisfy customers and open new revenue streams. For all of your
corporate and home office needs, make sure to check out booths from sponsors like Sun
Microsystems, Red Hat, Novell, NeTraverse, Revelation Software, and
others that will be showing off technology that will fill your business
needs. Whether you are a novice and just want to see how easy and
compatible StarOffice is for word processing and spreadsheets, or if
you are an old pro and you want to talk to Red Hat about integrating
Red Hat servers with your Linux desktops, the Summit is the place to go.
This year's Summit promises to have exciting speakers
and awesome exhibits, so if you can make it to Del Mar, you should.
I've already got my ticket, and I hope to see you there!
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