The introduction of Linus Torvalds starts with a call to the audience: "Anyone who has contributed something that ships on a Linux distribution CD--documentation, a patch, code--stand up!" One out of every 20 people in a crowd of 5,000-plus stands, to tremendous applause. Larry Augustin, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems, and program chair of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, beams at the crowd. "Those of you who are trying to understand what is exciting about the Linux thing--this is ...

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