Third-Annual Desktop Linux Summit Expands to Include Mozilla and OpenOffice.org Focus

Posted by dave on Nov 4, 2004 3:20 AM EDT
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Top Open Source Innovators Gather for Three-Day Show; Open Source Applications Foundation Chair Mitchell Kapor to Speak

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Now in its third year, the annual Desktop Linux Summit has added an extra day, expanding its focus to include discussions of open source leaders Mozilla and OpenOffice.org. A two-day event in prior years, the Summit is now three days and will be held February 9-11, 2005 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.

For one admission fee, attendees will not only interact with open source industry leaders and start-ups participating in the Summit, but will also attend events to learn more about Mozilla, the Firefox Internet browser, and OpenOffice.org, creator of the open-source office productivity suite. Lotus 1-2-3 designer and Open Source Applications Foundation Chair Mitchell Kapor is slated to give the keynote address. More information is available at the Summit's Web site, http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org.

The famous Del Mar Fairgrounds will be the site of the event, with exhibition hours from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 9 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 10 and 11, 2005. For a $99 registration fee, attendees will have access to all events and exhibition areas, plus receive continental breakfast and lunch each day and a free T-shirt. For more details about the event or to pre-register, visit http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org.

The Desktop Linux Summit 2005 brings together industry leaders in both desktop Linux and open source technology to share ideas about innovations, marketing, and the future of these technologies. Well-established companies and promising startups alike will host exhibits, panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and extensive Q&A sessions to provide insight into open source and desktop Linux applications. More information about sponsorship opportunities is available at http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org/sponsors. Agendas for the event will be announced at a later date, but to suggest an idea or speaker for the Summit, email ideas@desktoplinuxsummit.org.

Kapor, founder and Chair of the Open Source Applications Foundation and Chair of The Mozilla Foundation, is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the Summit. Kapor founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business.

Participation will be limited to 1,000 attendees and is available on a first-come, first serve basis. The pre-registration price of $99 includes admission to all three events, booth exhibit areas, and all speaking events, as well as continental breakfast, lunches and a T-shirt. Interested attendees will want to register early at http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org/attendees. After January 7, the registration price increases to $175.

Exhibitors interested in reaching the active open source community should visit http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org/sponsors for information. Each exhibitor fee includes a booth with backdrop, marketing opportunities, and access to all Desktop Linux Summit events. Last year's exhibitor list included Sun, Novell, Redhat, AMD, and many more. This year's broadened schedule will cover cross-platform Mozilla and OpenOffice.org technologies and will offer an ideal audience to reach key decision makers. For more information about the Desktop Linux Summit, contact:

Heather MacKenzie

DLS Event Manager

858.587.6700 x263

858.587.8095

info@desktoplinuxsummit.org About Desktop Linux Summit

The Desktop Linux Summit (http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org) is the premier event for companies that sell, market, or promote open source or desktop Linux-based products, services, applications, and technologies. The event, in its third year, is the only venue to focus exclusively on this emerging technology sector. Focused on the issues of Linux on the desktop and open source, the program brings together the top industry leaders in one location. About OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org is a world-class, fully featured open-source office productivity suite available as a free download for major computing platforms in over 40 languages. Data is stored in an XML file format, which has been adopted by OASIS as a draft standard for office documents. OpenOffice.org is developed, supported, and promoted by an international community of volunteers and sponsored employees operating from the http://www.openoffice.org Web site.

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If I lived in San Diego I would go for $99 .... TxtEdMacs 0 795 Nov 4, 2004 3:57 AM

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