Linux World Korea 2006 ends


"Linux World Korea 2006", which opened on June 5th, closed after 3 days of events.

In the conference, leading figures in the area of Linux and public software participated in various lectures while during the exhibition, about 70 major Linux/public software companies, non-profit communities and both domestic and international organizations introduced new solutions.
Among the large booths could be found Hancom, the creator of Asianux, the standard Linux distribution in Korea, and ETRI of Booyo, as well as major companies such as Red Hat and Novel (SUSE). Global server companies including IBM, HP and Fujitsu also participated, with Samsung Electronics representing the domestic servers.

In particular, Linux stars, Stewart Cohen, representative of OSDL, Jim Zemlin of FSG and John Hall of Linux International, participated in a much-watched lecture.
John Hall showed his undying passion for Linux as he went around the Conference Hall, listening to lectures and asking questions.

Various vendors including IBM and Oracle, who has given the Linux community much support, were also present at Linux World.
Scott Handy, the vice CEO of IBM and self-proclaimed Linux evangelist, stated through a keynote speech "Do not worry how to earn money with open source, as seen in the example of Eclipse, much added value maybe created through open source."

Kevin Walsh, senior vice CEO of Oracle, stated:"Linux, which has only been used as a platform for small workgroups, should be used as an infra-platform now." In particular, Walsh predicted "Through to 2010, Linux will grow at a rate of 11.7% per year and will reach up to 2.4 million copies, while the growth rate of Windows OS will only be 3.6%."

Also, Black Duck software was introduced for the first time in Korea.
Black Duck is a company providing "Software Compliance Management" solution, which distinguishes which part of a software from a company is taken from an open source community. This will allow prevention of legal proceedings for violation of GPL policy while using open source-based modules and components.

On the other hand, although Linux Word is the largest Linux-related event in the world, the promotions were rather disappointing. This shows the lack of domestic interest in Linux, and requires attention of both the government and the industry.

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