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Chaos Communication Congress

updated 3:00 a.m. 1.Jan.99.PST

Chaos Club Hosts Fun and Games by David Hudson

2:00 p.m. 30.Dec.98.PST BERLIN -- If the first two days of the Chaos Communication Congress were overshadowed by two of the darkest episodes in the history of the Chaos Computer Club, Tuesday was all about looking ahead to the future.


The open-source movement fueled a good deal of buzz at this year's event, including an all-day Linux installation party. Volker Grassmuck, a computer scientist at Humboldt University, presented something of an open-source extravanganza.

With Wizards of OS, scheduled for next July in Berlin, Grassmuck plans to devote three days to exploring the parallels between operating systems and social systems.

"This could be the most important event in years," said Chaos Computer Club co-founder Wau Holland. The last day of the congress was poised to end on a somber note, with discussions of the death this fall of club member Tron, a screening of the hacking thriller film 23, and a reassessment of hacker Karl Koch's death 10 years before.