April 29, 2003

GUADEC and LogOn Join Forces in Europe

LogOn’s successful Linux@work to be held at Fourth Annual GUADEC conference in Dublin on June 18, 2003

BOSTON, Mass. – The fourth annual GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) has joined forces with LogOn to bring the successful, pan-European Linux@work to Dublin. Linux@work will be held on GUADEC’s User Day, June 18, 2003 at Trinity College in Dublin. GUADEC and Linux@work will bring developers, GNOME Foundation leaders and individual, business and government GNOME users together to discuss open source software advantages and issues. Technology luminaries like Alan Kay, one of the earliest pioneers of personal computing; Curtis Saski – VP of desktop solutions for Sun Microsystems, Inc. and a host of IT leaders from around the globe are slated to speak at Linux@work /GUADEC. The conference will feature a comprehensive tutorial program as well.

Some of the highlights of Linux@Work/GUADEC include:

  • IT leaders from Europe, Asia and South America will discuss how they have implemented open source software in their cities, states and/or countries.
  • Business leaders will discuss how they have increased their ROI by incorporating open source software solutions into their IT strategy.
  • Case studies and executive briefings will give real information on how to incorporate open source software into any size business, enterprise or government.
  • Open source leaders will discuss the latest developments in Linux and open source software development and provide a vision for the future.
  • Panel discussions will provide a big picture roadmap for open source software, giving attendees needed insight.
  • An exhibition area will allow sponsors to highlight their company and offerings.
  • Tutorials on GIMP, the open source graphics program and GTK+ development.

“LogOn has produced the very successful Linux@Work series in Europe for years,” said Timothy Ney, GNOME Foundation executive director. “We’re very pleased to partner with them at GUADEC, bringing Linux@work to Dublin for the first time.”

GUADEC is being held June 16-18, 2003 at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The program will boast a stellar lineup of speakers, from GNOME leaders to IT industry movers and shakers. Additional information on GUADEC can be found at www.guadec.org.

“GUADEC has enjoyed tremendous growth since it’s inauguration four years ago.” Roberto Zicari, president of LogOn said. “We’re very pleased to partner with a show that has made a real impact, not only on the development of GNOME, but also on the adoption of open source software around the globe.”

About GNOME

GNOME is a free software project that provides a complete, easy to use desktop for a variety of operating systems, including GNU/Linux (more commonly known as Linux), BSD, Solaris ™, Operating Environment, HP-UX, Unix, BSD and Apple’s Darwin. The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. More than 700 computer developers, including over 100 full-time, paid developers, contribute their time and effort to the project.

About the GNOME Foundation

Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation provides organizational, financial and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME is an entirely free user environment for desktops, networked servers and portable Internet devices. The modern architecture and design of GNOME includes a technically advanced application development platform and a powerful end-user desktop environment. Major leading software industry and computer manufacturers support the GNOME development effort, which is led by a worldwide community of volunteers. More information on GNOME is available at www.gnome.org.

About GUADEC

The GNOME User and Developer Europe Conference (GUADEC) is an annual gathering of GNOME developers, enthusiasts and individual, business, education and government users worldwide. It provides a forum for members of the GNOME project to showcase their work and to discuss the future of GNOME development. Housed in a different European country each year, GUADEC is a catalyst for the future development and direction of GNOME.

About LogOn

LogOn Technology Transfer (LogOn), founded in 1991, is a privately owned company focused on the Information Technology market. LogOn’s core business is the creation, promotion, and execution of IT Events in Europe and Worldwide. LogOn is organized into two operating divisions: Trade Shows & Events, and Marketing.

LogOn owns and manages pan-European Events like the OMG Information Days, Linux@work, XML Days, Java(tm) Information Days and Storage Days, attended by over 15,000 IT professionals in the year 2002.

LogOn is the official representative of the Object Management Group (OMG) for Continental Europe. OMG is the largest software consortium worldwide with more than 750 company members dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of object technology (OT) for the development of open distributed computing systems. LogOn Technology Transfer is acknowledged for the high quality of its services. More information on LogOn’s services is available at: http://www.ltt.de.