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Conference an opportunity to embrace Linux

THE recent debate surrounding Microsoft’s new software licensing scheme has renewed interest in possible operating system alternatives worldwide.

As discussed in our article ‘Considering the options of a business operating system’ (WA Business News, October 10), Linux presents the most viable alternative to the Microsoft operating platform.

 Most business users contemplating a switch to Linux choose not to do so due to a lack of knowledge as to what the open source platform is all about. However, an upcoming Linux conference to take place in Perth will present those interested in Linux with an opportunity to find out more about it.

Jointly run by Linux Australia and the Perth Linux Users Group (PLUG), Linux.conf.au 2003 will be held at The University of Western Australia, Perth, from Wednesday January 22 to Saturday January 25 2003.

A total of 35 speakers from around the world will give presentations and tutorials about the open source operating system.

 Conference co-chair James Bromberger said that Linux.conf.au 2003 would not only be of interest to those already using Linux, but also to IT professionals curious about its potential in their own business operations.

 “Linux.conf.au 2003 will give Linux users and non-users alike a rare opportunity to meet some of the world’s best Linux people,” he said.

“Our speakers are all passionate about Linux and getting it working right in any environment.”

Full conference details are available at www.linux.conf.au

Vincent Brown is an IT lecturer and writer based in Perth. His website is located at www.iprofessional.info

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