Desktop Linux Summit 2004 coming up

Posted by dave on Mar 9, 2004 3:54 AM EDT
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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 A full listing of sponsors is available at

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

"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 and Ximian.

"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 age."

A number of additional companies have signed on as sponsors for Desktop Linux Summit 2004, including Debian (, (, GarageGames (, KDE (, NeTraverse (, OSDir (, (Nasdaq: RCOM), and Revelation Software ( 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 ( 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

For more information, please contact:
Kira Lee
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.

About Debian
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 and IRC (#debian channel at 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.

About GarageGames

Located in Eugene, Oregon, GarageGames ( 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.

About KDE
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.

About 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 1998.

About NeTraverse

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.

About Novell
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 Press should visit

About 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, should be your first stop for all things Linux.

About, Inc. ( 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, 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 York.

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.

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