Linux User & Developer Awards Recognise Excellence in the Linux Industry. 2004 winners announced at lavish ceremony in London

London: 21 April 2004 – Linux User & Developer magazine last night announced the winners of this year’s prestigious Linux User & Developer Awards at a gala event held in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel. Hosted by comedian and renowned comedy scriptwriter, Barry Cryer, the night was a spectacular success – the biggest and best awards show in the Linux industry. There were 12 panel-nominated award categories, with best Open Source Project going to Sun Microsystems for OpenOffice.org. In addition, there were five reader-nominated awards with Linus Torvalds receiving the highest number of votes in the category of personal contribution to the Linux industry.

"The aim of the awards is to recognise the very best in product and service solution, as well corporate and personal contributions, in the Linux industry," said Maggie Meer, director of Horsepower Media and publisher of LinuxUser & Developer magazine. "This year we have witnessed the highest number of entries to date, making the judges job extremely difficult but also indicating the increasing popularity of Linux within mainstream IT."

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.

The winners of this year’s LinuxUser & Developer awards are:
Best Open Source Project
OpenOffice.org – Sun Microsystems

Best ISP/Internet Host
Positive Internet – The Positive Internet Company Ltd

Best Server Application
Red Hat – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 AS

Best Embedded Linux
Trolltech (R ) AS – Qtopia (R )

Best Linux Developer Tool
IBM Corporation – IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer

Best Use of CGI with Linux
Dreamworks

Best Data Storage Solution
Arkeia – Arkeia Network Backup

Best Desktop Environment
KDE – KDE 3.2

Best Desktop Application
Novell – Ximian Evolution

Best Linux System Builder
DNUK

Best Business Solution Provider
ITS Linux – ITS Linux

Best Linux Marketing Campaign
IBM – IBM Prodigy Advertising Campaign

Reader Nominated Awards
Best Linux Distribution
SuSE Linux – A Novell Company

Best Linux Hardware
AMD – Athlon 64

Best Linux or Open Source Software
Mambo Open Source – Mambo Open Source Project

Corporate Contribution to Linux
IBM Corporation

Personal Contribution to Linux
Linus Torvalds
Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:
Craig Brophy or Sarah-Anne Bray
Tel: 0208 339 4420

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