Dr. Thomas Sterling wasone of the speakers. He is a senior computer architect with the Goddard Space Research Facility of NASA. Dr. Sterling not only was very impressed with Linux but was using it in several new research projects, including a parallel processing computer they were in the process of building.
One of the major benefits to the federal agnencies using Linux , and federally supported research labs, is that to acquire Linux you do not have to go through the standard procurement process; which can save up to six months on many projects!
Dr. Sterling expressed an interest in a Linux conference in the Washington DC area.
The manager of the FEDUNIX show, held each year in late November, expressed an interest in a Linux Conference in conjunction with FEDUNIX. Many Details need to be finalized, but reserve time in November.