BELLINGHAM - It'll still have the robot demonstrations and Web=
developers talking about new software applications, but LinuxFest=20
Northwest is adding a business component this year.
This is the=20
12th year for the tech event, which features a variety of demonstrations
and speakers. The event is free and takes place 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.=20
Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, at Bellingham Technical=20
This year several of the sessions will include topics=20
about how to turn a program idea into a business. It's an opportunity t=
take some of the enthusiasm generated at LinuxFest and apply it toward=20
possible business ventures, said Dennis King, a shareholder of BIG Idea=20
Lab, a Bellingham incubator for high-tech firms.
more opportunities for people to take a great idea and develop it into a
business," said King, noting that the free tools in the Linux operati=
system allows for inexpensive startups. Today entrepreneurs can get=20
things going with just a computer and an Internet connection, he said.
p>The sessions being presented by BIG Idea Lab include starting up a busine=
ss and customer development.
Northwest is also known as an event for those unfamiliar with Linux who
want to learn the basics. Along with several introductory courses,=20
booths are staffed with people willing to talk about the operating=20
system, which can be used as an alternative to for-profit operating=20
systems such as Microsoft Windows and Vista.
For more information abo=
ut the event, including listings of all the sessions offered, visit =3D"http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org/">linuxfestnorthwest.org.