LinuxWorld To Recognize Achievements in Open Source

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 23, 2001 – IDG World Expo announced today that the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will feature four separate award programs to recognize achievements by the open source community. Both the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) and Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) will join IDG World Expo to present awards at the event, which is the world’s largest gathering of the open source community. Winners will be announced at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, held August 26-30, 2001 at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center.


The $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award will be presented to an association, organization, or individual that has shown exceptional dedication to the open source movement. This award will be presented by Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, immediately following the morning keynote presentation on Wednesday, August 29, 2001.

IDG World Expo will also present the Open Source Product Excellence Awards in conjunction with the UniForum Association. The Open Source Product Excellence Awards will recognize open source product and service innovations offered by exhibitors, and will be presented at Booth #1581 on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.

'The open source community thrives on recognizing the innovation of its members," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development for IDG World Expo. "LinuxWorld is packed with award opportunities for both companies and independent developers. Winners not only benefit from the marketing exposure that results, but also from the peer-to-peer recognition that is so valuable among members of this community."

For the first time at LinuxWorld, the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) will award a $25,000 cash prize to acknowledge a significant contribution to Linux in the enterprise. The OSDL Enterprise Achievement Award will recognize a developer or group for their work on Linux or Linux-based programs. OSDL will present the Enterprise Achievement Award on Wednesday, August 29, 2001, following the "State of Open Source" feature presentation chaired by Larry Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux.

"We designed the OSDL Enterprise Achievement Award to encourage the development community to enhance Linux and expand its role in enterprise applications," said Tim Witham, OSDL lab director. "Linux is fast becoming a mainstream enterprise platform, and our goal is to reward and raise awareness of the innovative efforts that are making it happen."

Compaq will also announce the winners of its Linux Developers Contest at its booth #761 on August 28, 2001. The contest invites developers to create innovative business or gaming Linux applications for handheld devices.

Finalists for the Open Source Product Excellence Awards are:

Best Developer Tools

NuSphere Corporation: Pro

ActiveState: ActivePerl

Borland Software Corporation: Borland Kylik

Hewlett-Packard Company: HP Core

RedHat: Red Hat GNUPro

Best Network/Server Application

Clustra Systems: Clustra

Linux NetworX: ICE Cluster

Stalker Software: CommiGAte Pro

Sistina: Global File Systems Storage Clusters

Shaffer Solutions: AccessNFSGateway

SuSe: SUSE Firewall Vovida

Best Embedded Linux Solutions

Hewlett Packard Company


RidgeRun, Inc.


Best Open Source Project

Ximian, Inc.: Ximian GNOME Desktop

CodeWeavers: Wine

K Desktop Environment: KDE 2.2

Sun MicroSystems, Inc.: Vovida

Aculab: Aculab-Whirlwind

Best Productivity Application

MandrakeSoft, Inc: Mandrake Linux PowerPack 8.0

Red Hat, Inc.: Red Hat DB

Sun Microsystems: Star Office 6

OmniCluster Technologies: OmniCluster

Ximian: Ximian GNOME

Best System Integration Solution

Compaq Computer Corporation: Compaq Parallel DB

Computer Associates International: UniCenter