COMPUTERWORLD EXPO: All quiet in OS trenches

Auckland-based Deloitte consultants Joanne McCardle, Alex Coles and Janine Martell were in the audience for an OS shoot-out at Computerworld Expo yesterday.

Auckland-based Deloitte consultants Joanne McCardle, Alex Coles and Janine Martell (left to right above) were in the audience for an OS shoot-out at Computerworld Expo yesterday.

But not a shot was fired: with two of the advertised participants—Microsoft and Apple--not showing up, there was nothing for Linux to compare itself with. Apple withdrew the Mac OS X from the shoot-out a week before the event because its demonstrator had to travel to the US, but Microsoft didn’t pull Windows XP out until Monday.

Coles, who does accounting system suport for small to medium size organisations, says she is keen to learn what she can about Linux.

“All I know about it is that it’s an alternative OS.”

Her colleagues are similarly unfamiliar with it.

There is plenty of opportunity to discover what Linux has to offer at the show: several stands feature Linux versions and open source applications.

Computerworld Expo closes at 4pm today.

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