The San Jose, California, trade show has drawn such leading computer firms as IBM, Compaq Computer, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. All of these companies plan major announcements at the confab, though word of HP's and IBM's plans has already gotten out.
And while Silicon Graphics decided against setting up a booth, the company will make two announcements Tuesday--including a partnership with Linux computer builder VA Research, a source said. SGI also intends to announce that the company is embracing the open source model of software development, the cast-of-thousands programming method that has driven the development of Linux.
Linux, founded by Linus Torvald (who will be on hand for a keynote presentation Tuesday night), has taken the corporate world by storm in recent months. Major computing companies have begun supporting the Unix derivative as if in a rising chorus that could reach a crescendo next week.
Among the leading PC manufacturers, Compaq, which has announced Alpha-based DS/20 servers certified to work with Linux, likely will announce models of its Intel-based ProLiant servers that also are prepped for Linux.
Dell Computer, also hoping to benefit from a few stray photons from the Linux limelight, has announced new Linux support for its servers, workstations, and business desktops, though the company LinuxCare.
Sun, meanwhile, is modifying its approach to the conference. The company downgraded a planned news conference to one-on-one chats; insiders say Sun "changed its tactics" so it wouldn't alienate the intimate, informal dealings of the Linux world.
In all, the LinuxWorld Expo has drawn more than 100 exhibitors, said Caren Wagner, a spokeswoman for IDG, which is organizing the conference. Press and analysts, though, already outnumber exhibitors two to one, she said. Between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees are expected.
Microsoft is not exhibiting at the show, the company said.
Software companies, too--notably database vendors Informix, Oracle, and Sybase--also will populate the booths at the San Jose Convention Center. Those companies, along with IBM, have announced Linux support for their database products.
Several of these organizations plan new Linux products, including two server editions of Pacific Hi-Tech's TurboLinux. Debian 2.1, code-named Slink, is scheduled for release Tuesday with new support for Sun's UltraSparc chips and Compaq's Alpha chips, as is a new method for downloading updates to the operating system. Debian 2.2, code-named Potato, will incorporate the new version 2.2 of the Linux kernel and which will support the PowerPC chip.
LinuxPPC, too, will be showing off its wares, showing its operating system on a system running on four PowerPC 750 chips.
The distribution world also could be shaken up some with the addition of another Linux distribution, this one from Corel, a company that has jumped wholeheartedly on the Linux bandwagon. Corel chief executive Michael Cowpland and Oracle worldwide marketing chief Mark Jarvis, are scheduled to give the conference's other two keynote addresses.
In other announcements scheduled for the show: