Thursday, August 7, 2008

At LinuxWorld, problem-solvers hunt open-source solutions

Just about everyone, it seems, is on a mission

SAN FRANCISCO — Here at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, it seems as though each of the thousands of attendees is on a mission.

William Hughey, an independent Linux and open-source developer in Bainbridge Island, Wash., was here this week to explore his ideas about new applications for tablet PCs and to look at different hardware platforms on which to build camera software for laptops.

Hughey believes that open-source applications are a key to the popularity of tablet PCs because open source can bring needed features and low-cost or free software. "On tablet PCs, I definitely see open source being behind them," he said. "Everyone sees the iPhone model, where you can sell your product to customers [for use on the device]. I see this for tablet PCs."

Adam Talbot, a Linux and Unix administrator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., came to LinuxWorld looking for the next generation of high-level Linux-based system-monitoring software for his organization, which runs Linux, Windows and Wind River's embedded VxWorks operating system.

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