Industry Leaders Rally to Support Linux on the Desktop with Novell and Other Major Tech Companies Tripling Number of Sponsors
SAN DIEGO, March 9, 2004 --
Desktop Linux Summit today announced that Novell and other major tech
companies have tripled the number of sponsors for the event. Jef
Raskin, creator of the Apple Macintosh computer, has also been
confirmed as a speaker at the only event to focus exclusively on Linux
on the desktop. The highly anticipated Summit, to take place on
April 22 and 23 in San Diego, California, is now open for sponsors,
exhibitors, and attendees to register at www.desktoplinuxsummit.org.
A full listing of sponsors is available at www.desktoplinuxsummit.org/sponsors.
Jef Raskin, author of "The Human Interface", is credited as being the
creator of Apple's Macintosh, the Canon Cat, click-and-drag selection,
and other inventions. An interface and systems designer, writer,
and consultant, Raskin has made his name by concentrating primarily on
making computers more usable and their interfaces efficient as well as
pleasant. Jef Raskin's website is available at www.jefraskin.com.
"When you are working with a computer, PDA, or cellphone, you are not
working with the operating system or the hardware; what you see on the
display and what you do with your fingers is the interface," said Jef
Raskin. "For the user, the interface is the product. It's where
the rubber meets the road. We must learn to design products from the
customer out. If you get the interface design right, and implement that
design, you get the product right."
Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL)
is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure
identity management, web services and application integration, and
cross-platform networking services, all supported by strategic
consulting. Novell now provides a full range of Linux services
for the enterprise, bolstered by its recent acquisition of SUSE Linux
"Understanding desktop Linux is essential," said Nat Friedman, vice
president of product development at Novell. "Anyone involved in
any way with the computer industry will find that an event like Desktop
Linux Summit gives unique insights that are invaluable in this day and
A number of additional companies have signed on as sponsors for Desktop
Linux Summit 2004, including Debian (www.debian.org),
LWN.net (www.lwn.net), GarageGames (www.garagegames.com), KDE (www.kde.org), NeTraverse (www.netraverse.com), OSDir (www.osdir.com), register.com (Nasdaq: RCOM), and
Revelation Software (www.revelation.com)
have all affirmed their support for the event. Tripling the
number of sponsors, the companies will be joining Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT), Seagate (NYSE: STX), Sun Microsystems
(Nasdaq: SUNW), and
Lindows.com (www.lindows.com) as
official supporters of the event.
"The first Desktop Linux Summit was not only a groundbreaking event, it
was the most productive event that we have ever attended," said Jim
Curtin, chief executive officer of NeTraverse. "We are very
pleased to be a part of this unique affair."
"It is essential to be aware of the strategic and technical needs of
our community," said Mike Ruane, chief executive officer of Revelation
Software. "Events like the Desktop Linux Summit give any company
the opportunity to learn more about these needs, and position
themselves better to meet the demand."
Taking place on the prestigious Del Mar Fairgrounds, Desktop Linux 2004
will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 22 and 23, 2004. Desktop
Linux Summit 2003 accommodated 600 participants, and sold out
almost a month before the actual event. Anticipating unparalleled
interest in the growing desktop Linux movement, this year's venue will
accommodate twice that number, with the number of both exhibitors and
attendees expected to double from last year. Details and
registration are available at www.desktoplinuxsummit.org.
For more information, please contact:
Desktop Linux Summit
858-587-6700 ext. 263
About the Desktop Linux Summit
The Desktop Linux Summit is the premier event for companies that sell,
market, or promote Desktop Linux-based products, services,
applications, and technologies. The event, in its second year, is the
only venue to focus exclusively on this emerging technology sector.
Focused on the issues of Linux on the Desktop, the program brings
together the top industry leaders and influencers in one location --
corporate CEOs, CTOs and Founders make this event the only venue to
highlight the value of Linux on the desktop. Exhibits from each company
will demonstrate the latest innovative products and the benefits of
open source software for your organization. The Desktop Linux Summit is
an industry event sponsored by the exhibiting companies.
Debian is produced by almost a thousand active developers spread around
the world who volunteer in their spare time. Few of the developers have
actually met in person. Communication is done primarily through e-mail
(mailing lists at lists.debian.org) and IRC (#debian channel at
irc.debian.org). The Debian Project is an association of individuals
who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This
operating system that has been created is called Debian GNU/Linux, or
simply Debian for short.
Located in Eugene, Oregon, GarageGames (www.garagegames.com) is a
trail-blazing on-line game publisher. Their mission is to provide
independent game makers with tools, technology, education,
team-building information…and, even the market they need to make and
sell great games. GarageGames is most famous for bringing the Torque
Game Engine, the technology behind Sierra's "Tribes 2," to Independent
developers for only $100.
KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment combining
ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical
design. With an active developer community, KDE has emerged as a leader
in GUI creation for Unix and Linux desktops.
LWN.net is home to Linux Weekly News, called "Our Linux Newspaper" by
its readers. LWN is the leading source for information on current
happenings in the Linux world. A subscriber-supported publication, LWN
has been covering the Linux and free software communities since
NeTraverse Inc., is the market leader in bridging Windows® to
Linux® with over 900,000 users worldwide. Providing both thick and
thin-client software solutions on the Linux and UNIX platform,
NeTraverse products include Win4Lin Workstation, Win4Lin Terminal
Server and Merge. Headquartered in Austin, Texas.
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL)
is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure
identity management (Novell Nsure), Web application development (Novell
exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™),
all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell
NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian® and
SUSE® LINUX brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux products
and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server.
Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries -
helps customers realize the value of their information securely and
economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response
Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit http://www.novell.com. Press should
OSDir.com is the leading resource for developers and end-users to find
the stable software they need to get up and running fast with Linux.
Part of the O'Reilly Network, OSDir.com should be your first stop for
all things Linux.
register.com, Inc. (www.register.com)
is a leading provider of global domain name registration and Internet
services for businesses and consumers that wish to have a unique
address and branded identity on the Internet. With over three million
domain names under management, register.com has built a brand based on
quality domain name management services for small and medium sized
businesses, large corporations, as well as ISPs, telcos and other
online businesses. The company was founded in 1994 and is based in New
About Revelation Software
Founded in 1982, Revelation Software delivers a suite of application
development tools and companion services that take full advantage of
leading network computing architectures, messaging, groupware, and
client server platforms. Today, the company's flagship product
OpenInsight is the only database development and application
environment that provides both Windows,Linux and Java-based GUI s tools
to develop and deploy web-based and client server applications that
support native and relational XML, SQL, Lotus Notes and the leading
legacy Multi-Value data sources such as ARev, Pick and IBM Universe.
There are more than 1.6 million licensed users of Revelation products
across 80,000 deployed sites worldwide. The company has offices
in Westwood, New Jersey, as well as a European distributor in the
United Kingdom, and an Asia Pacific subsidiary in Australia.