Open source groupies gathered for Linux World this week in a New York cold enough to make the Linux penguin feel at home.
The Big Apple was chosen as the location for the twice annual gathering in an attempt to get corporate America, particularly investors, enthusiastic about the operating system adored by a growing band of programmers.
The organisers hope that thousands of delegates will converge on the city's vast Jacob Javits convention centre, paying up to $795 for the three-day event plus two half days tuition.
More than 50 companies are also in town, ranging from Linux specialists such as Red Hat and VA Linux through to established firms, including a marked presence from IBM.
The star of the show is the operating system's first author, Linus Torvalds, who will open the conference and describe the latest round of Linux technical updates to the faithful. Torvalds is expected to focus on version 2.4 of the Linux kernel, which is scheduled to be generally available soon.
Desktop Unix vendor SCO will also announce a set of software server products as part of a wider effort to "bring Unix, Linux and Windows systems closer together".
The Trillian consortium, whose members, which include Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and VA Linux, will update delegates on their progress porting Linux onto Intel's emerging 64-bit microprocessor architecture, scheduled to ship around October.
The project, which was announced in August, is expected to make its work freely available to the software development community at this time, which in turn should ensure availability of 64-bit Linux on Intel applications.
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