April 12, 2002

Bellingham, Wash., LinuxFest 2002 to be held April 20

Heather Reed writes : On Saturday, April 20, the Bellingham Linux Users Group (BLUG) is hosting
their third annual LinuxFest. The free event will bring together
developers, administrators, vendors, and new users to learn, exchange
ideas and try open source software. LinuxFest 2002 is being held
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bellingham Technical College
in Bellingham, Washington.

The event features demonstrations and vendors for the length of
the show, and several presentations and hands-on tutorials.

Vendor displays at LinuxFest 2002 will include Bargain Bookland,
BLUG, Jade Microsystems, Lycoris, Northwest Computer Supplies, Peak
Services, Planetary Data Systems, Puget Sound Technology, and 3D
Computers.

Demonstrations will include multimedia, StarOffice, VMware, wireless
networking, remote X, network gaming and more. The presentations
will cover system security, the KDE and Ximian Gnome desktops, Java
programming, and introduction to BSD.

Several of the demonstrations, hands-on tutorials and presentations
introduce Linux, BSD, and open source software to new users.

"Most people still think Linux is just for servers or computer
geeks," said Mark Ashworth of Planetary Data Systems, who builds
and hosts custom web applications for companies. "I think the
general public would be surprised to see how friendly a Linux
desktop environment can be. I even switched my 82-year-old father
from Windows to Linux."

Also available at the event will be free software, raffles and
items for sale.

"We have a lot of geek fun," stated Bill Wright, BLUG
treasurer and librarian. "It's like a big geek science fair."

Keynote speakers will be Illiad, author of the User Friendly comic
strip, and Joseph Cheek, CTO of Lycoris. Illiad will be talking
about the source of his characters and events in the comic strip.
Cheek will be presenting and fielding questions about Lycoris'
Desktop/LX, a version of Linux targeted for regular end-users.

For complete LinuxFest 2002 details, visit
the BLUG website.
The Bellingham Technical College is a short distance from Interstate 5,
approximately 90 miles north of Seattle and one hour south of Vancouver,
B.C.

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