BOSTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of software developers, enterprise and government leaders will gather on the coast of Norway to discuss the rapid adoption of the world's most popular open source desktop, GNOME. The Fifth Annual GNOME User and Developer Europe Conference (GUADEC), will be held at Agder University College from June 28-30, 2004, in Kristiansand, Norway. "I'm looking forward to meeting developers, industry and government leaders in Kristiansand," said Eva Hildrum, Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. "The conference can provide important fuel for innovative use of IT in an information society for all." GNOME adoption has been rapidly expanding worldwide. Recent examples include successful deployments by governments in Brazil and Spain in public telecenters, schools and government offices. The GNOME desktop environment is also being deployed by the Chinese government on over 1 million desktops over the next year. Marking the growing acceptance of the Linux Desktop around the world, the GNOME Foundation, which organizes the conference in a different country each year, will host over 60 presentations on cutting-edge technologies and case studies on migration to an open source desktop. "I have to choose my conferences and pick the most strategic ones to attend," said Bob Stack, CTO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "GUADEC is one of the most important open source conferences in the world." Mr. Stack will lead a roundtable policy workshop on "Defining Open Standards" with open source evangelist Bruce Perens and representatives from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Spain. Other highlights of this year's conference include: -- Keynotes by Dr. Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of the Congress in Peru, and Bdale Garbee, HP's CTO for Linux. -- Cost-saving technology solutions such as how GNOME can cut information technology costs with thin-client computing and HAL, a plug-and-play desktop device support for widespread use. -- GIMPCon -- GUADEC will host developers working on the freely-distributed graphics program GIMP which is used for photo retouching, image composition, image authoring and animation. The GIMP Developers Conference 2004 will be held as a sub-event of GUADEC. Registration for GUADEC is open to the public at www.guadec.org/registration. Special student registration and housing is available. Discounts on flights to Norway are available through SAS, the Official GUADEC Airline.
SOURCE GNOME Foundation