MadMan2's report from CeBIT:
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bits about bigass Samsung Dimms, Not so upgradable Palm Pilots,
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- Siemens offers Linux servers with a free tux!
- more than half of the Intel people present never heard of Merced (one thought it was a new product in cooperation with Mercedes (g)))
- I was not allowed access to an online machine, otherwise these tidbits would have arrived sooner :( ). They say they all fear hackers. They are: UUNet, Netscape, aol, M$, compu$serve, Telecom Deutschland and various smaller companies. Oh yes: I found no cybercafes, even amidst the companies who sell them.
- AOL, Sun and Netscape all officially refuse any comments on the future of netscape server products. About the browser Netscape ackowledged the cooperation with mozilla.
- 3Com officially denies it will offer a hardware upgrade or trade-in to Palm IIIx and V. They claim a memory upgrade of 2M is the same (I don't know about the US, but in Europe the upgrade is more expensive than the Palm III. There was a company who offered 8M simms for Palm III, but I forgot who it was.
- Samsung displayed a working 1 GB dimm on a dual Xeon motherboard. Not bad for a workstation *g*
- The suse stand was very popular because they were distributing the 6.1 beta for x86 and alpha
- Linux International as well as MadDog can be visited at Hall 6.
- While speaking of Linux: only free Suse and Caldera CDs can be found. Redhat said the forgot to ship the CDs in time
- The linux Sap demo wasn't working quite well
- The German word for gridlock is "stau"
- according to the German keyboard manufacturor Cherry a company called "Linux" will be ordering Penguin keys. When I made a note of this on my palm a Cherry technician told me he was amazed that "thinghy" worked without a keyboard ;)
- HP Belgium is according to HP International Supplies "just a local distributor"
- According to StarOffice the world still exists of the USA and Germany.
StarOffice still doesn't have presentation runtime viewsers because they don't see a need for such an program! Not really nice of them, is it?
- Almost all of the exhibitors seem to forget that CeBiT is an international expo. German docs by the millions, English specs are very hard to come by.
- People at SCO acknowledged they will be capable of running Linux binaries. But they still didn't know whether one has to compile the programs on a linux box or on a SCO machine
- General impression: not enough gadgets & freebies, too many visitors, not enough nice babes.
- Buzzwords were: erp, ewe, superb superior sales system solution (I guess they forgot "silly")
- Next year's CeBit will be in coorperation with Expo 2000. It will be from February 24th till March the 1st.