GUADEC 2004 Slated for Norway

The Fifth Annual GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) Will

Draw Businesses, Government, Education and End Users to Kristiansand

Nov 06, 2003, 00:00 ET from GNOME Foundation

    BOSTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth annual GNOME User and Developer
 European Conference (GUADEC) will bring developers, GNOME Foundation leaders
 and individual, business and government GNOME and open source software users
 to Kristiansand, Norway, June 28-30, 2004. The conference is a unique forum
 for highlighting the capabilities and direction of GNOME, the user environment
 for desktops, networked servers and portable Internet devices. GUADEC will
 also feature meaningful discussions of the future direction of open source
     "GUADEC has enjoyed an exponential growth over the past four years, and
 has had a real impact on open source development and deployment in the
 countries we've held the conference," said Timothy Ney, GNOME Foundation
 executive director. "GUADEC is a unique event that brings the people who are
 creating GNOME together to discuss and demonstrate their work and to build
 roadmaps for future development. Pair these developers with IT leaders and
 government officials and you see some real electricity."
     GUADEC is being held June 28-30, 2004, at Agder University College in
 Kristiansand, Norway, in cooperation with the Grimstad Campus Linux User Group
 (GLUG), Agder LUG and Norwegian Unix User Group (NUUG). The program will boast
 a stellar lineup of speakers, from GNOME leaders to IT industry movers and
 shakers. Additional information on GUADEC can be found at
     "We're excited to host GUADEC in Kristiansand," Ernst Hakon Jahr, rector
 of Agder University College, said. "GUADEC will sharpen our focus and enhance
 our efforts working with Open Source in education, business and in eGovernment
 projects. We expect the GUADEC conference in Kristiansand to have a decisive
 impact on the understanding and use of Open Standards and Open Source in
 Europe in general and in Scandinavia in particular."
     GNOME is a free software project that is developing a complete,
 easy-to-use desktop for GNU/Linux (more commonly known as Linux), BSD,
 Solaris, HP-UX and a variety of other Unix and Unix-like operating systems.
 The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. More than
 700 computer developers, including over 100 full-time, paid developers,
 contribute their time and effort to the project.
     About GUADEC
     The GNOME User and Developer Europe Conference (GUADEC) is an annual
 gathering of GNOME developers, enthusiasts and individual, business, education
 and government users worldwide. It provides a forum for members of the GNOME
 project to showcase their work and to discuss the future of GNOME development.
 Housed in a different European country each year, GUADEC is a catalyst for the
 future development and direction of GNOME.
     About the GNOME Foundation
     Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading
 companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the
 advancement of GNOME. The Foundation provides organizational, financial and
 legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap.
 GNOME is an entirely free user environment for desktops, networked servers and
 portable Internet devices. The modern architecture and design of GNOME
 includes a technically advanced application development platform and a
 powerful end-user desktop environment. Major leading software industry and
 computer manufacturers support the GNOME development effort, which is led by a
 worldwide community of volunteers. More information on GNOME is available at
     About Agder University College
     Agder University College ( ) is a three campus
 University College. GUADEC will be held at the brand new Kristiansand campus.
 The University College offers a wide range of programmes including development
 aid, Business, Fine arts, Humanities and Natural Sciences, and Information
 technology from Bachelor to PhD level.