March 28, 2001

Notes from CeBIT

Author: JT Smith

LinuxJournal: "As the largest computer-related trade show in the world, one might expect CeBIT to be a cosmopolitan affair, with English--the supposed world language of
technology--being used as the lingua franca. And while there was a good representation of technology firms from around the globe (companies from 62 countries) and a
fair amount of English spoken, there is no mistaking the dominance of German at this show. Of the 8,106 exhibitors covering 422,109 square meters of space, 5,046 are
German, and I heard not a single presentation given in English. I wish I had done more to expand my current two-word German vocabulary of hefeweizen and schnapps
before I came."


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