The awards, now in their second year run in conjunction with the LinuxUser & Developer Expo, recognise the very best in product and service solutions, as well as corporate and personal contributions, in the Linux industry. The awards are divided into two distinct sections, one which is selected by the judging panel and one which is nominated by readers of the magazine.
The panel-selected awards consist of 12 categories: Best Open Source Project, Best Server Application, Best Linux Developer Tool, Best Data Storage Solution, Best Desktop Application, Best Business Solution Provider, Best ISP/Internet Host, Best Embedded Linux, Best User of CGI with Linux, Best Desktop Environment, Best Linux System Builder and Best Linux Marketing Campaign.
The panel of eight judges will then moderate, review and critic each entry and whittle it down to the winner. The eight panellists are:
Keir Thomas Editor, LinuxUser & Developer Richard Hillesley - Consultant Editor, LinuxUser & Developer Graham Taylor - Director, OpenForum Europe Mike Banahan - CTO, OpenForum Europe Jono Bacon, Author and Linux expert Alastair Kergon - UKUUG (UK Unix User Group) Peter Hayes Manager, UK, OSDL Daniel James Linux journalist Frank Pohlman Linux journalist
The reader-nominated awards consist of five categories: Best Linux Distribution, Best Linux Hardware, Best Linux Software, Corporate Contribution to Linux and Individual Contribution to Linux.
This year the awards are in association with OpenForum Europe, an independent body, set up to accelerate, broaden and strengthen the use of open source software within the business environment.
Graham Taylor, director, OpenForum Europe, commented: We are delighted to be associated with such prestigious awards which recognize the hard work and dedication within the Linux arena. The LinuxUser and Developer awards are a fantastic showcase of the use of Linux in business, which is something we are trying to promote through OpenForum.
The entry deadline is 10th March 2004. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on 20th April 2004.
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About LinuxUser & Developer Expo
LinuxUser & Developer Expo was launched in 2003. It will bring together some of the brightest minds in the open source movement, leading vendors and IT purchasers to provide the UKs definitive Linux forum. It will take place at the London Olympia from 20th-21st April 2004. For further information and registration and the awards, visit www.linuxuserexpo.com