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Seven Sexy Summit Secrets

In 10 days or so, the 3rd Annual Desktop Summit will begin. This one will be our best event ever and I want to share what's happening behind the scenes. You know about the great speakers from the Summit's web page, but there are quite a few other companies, talks, and announcements that will make this an informative show. Here are some of the products and events that I'm excited about.

1 - A scout reports from the front lines
We sent a scout all over Central Europe on a Linux mission.
His goal was to understand the PC business in countries like Poland, Hungary, Romania, and others. Where do they buy computers? Where are they with desktop Linux? What is the piracy rate? What price do they think is fair for software? His journey took him to stores, back alleys, schools, Internet cafes, government offices, and resulted in some encounters with undercover police officers. The results will surely surprise you, as they did me, and you'll hear directly from the scout himself as he'll give a debriefing at the Summit.

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2 - Novell Linux Desktop 9 and Linspire Five-0
The first 500 attendees to register will receive several of the top Linux products: Novell Linux Desktop 9 powered by Suse, Linspire 4.5, and for the first time a Sneak Preview of the upcoming new Linspire Five-0. This will allow them to assess the latest, greatest desktop Linux products on their desktop or laptop computer after the Summit has concluded and is a great added bonus which makes the $99 registration an even better value.

3 - New VOIP company debuts
In 4 years, amassed one of the finest engineering staffs ever put together. As's technology parts were sold off beginning in 2001 by its new owner, its employees have disbanded. Some are at Napster, some at emusic, some remain at Vivendi/Universal. Some decided to strike out on their own and build their own venture. Two of the sharpest engineers I had will be debuting a VOIP company they have started which I think has great promise. They'll unveil their product at the Summit with a live presentation. And Linspire plans on being one of their first customers!

4 - MP3beamer
After a three-year hiatus from the digital music business, I'm announcing that I'm back with a new company called MP3tunes. At the Summit, I'll be demoing a couple of music-related products from MP3tunes that carry on many of the principles that encompassed my experience with MP3.
com. I'll be demoing a new product called MP3beamer, which I'm very excited about.

5 - Linspire Little
Small computers are coming into their own, and we've got a fantastic computer for Linux fans. On display at the Summit will be the Linspire Little, a value-priced computer that has all the power and features of a full desktop but is about one-third the size and - under $400.

6 - A $39 device which will energize computer-based calling
Dialing telephone numbers from your computer is a snap, but from there things get messy. Some computers don't have a mic or they have bad pick up, echo or bothersome feedback.
Some people use headsets, but those are a hassle to put on and take off and connect to your computer. At the show, you'll be able to experience a device the size of a credit card powered by DSP technology, which makes computer-based calling easier than traditional phone calling. I didn't believe it until I tried - it and you won't either. After using this device you'll appreciate how old-fashioned picking up a handset is.

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7 - 2.0 beta
Part of the Summit is dedicated to, which is continuing to make great strides. Attendees will see the 2.0 beta, which raises the bar for this powerful office suite. In addition, I'm hoping we'll get a glimpse of OpenOffice Base, the new database program.

There's still time to pre-register to see these products first hand. Otherwise, you'll want to watch the press reports coming from the Summit for more information.

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