Cebit Open Source 2009

 

Free software, with Linux being its most prominent example, thrives above all through the work of thousands of dedicated volunteer developers. Many of the projects that give Open Source its dynamism, creativity and diversity are developed by individuals in their free time as hobbyists or as side projects in small and middle sized companies, with no underlying commercial interests. Many times these projects lack an opportunity to tout their wares in the framework of a trade show. Not in CeBIT 2009 - visit the Open Source Project Lounge!

The CeBIT Open Source theme would not be fully represented without the free projects. Therefore, the Deutsche Messe, CeBIT organizers, together with the Linux New Media publishing company and the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the free platform, has put out a "Call for Projects." The result is that an international jury has now selected 15 international, noncommercial projects to present their works at the CeBIT Open Source Forum.

Entries came from countless projects across the world, making the jury's task to limit the winners to 15 necessarily quite difficult. This small slice of the Open Source market will nevertheless give CeBIT visitors an excellent sampling of the many possibilities free projects have to offer. From the worldwide successful Mozilla browser to the Debian Linux platform or its UNIX-based BSD variant, from the ADempiere ERP software to the Skribus desktop publishing system or Amarok multimedia software, this is just to name a few. Beside other relatively well-known projects such as the GNOME and KDE graphical interfaces, some that were previously known only to a small circle of faithful adherents, such as the DeepaMehta knowledge management and Drupal content management systems, can now get the recognition they deserve.

Here on our web sites we introduce the 15 projects that will be presenting their work at CeBIT Hannover, March 3 to March 8, at CeBIT Open Source, Hall 6 in the Open Source Project Lounge. Go take a look at their work here on our web sites, with plenty of screenshots. During the CeBIT opening times you'll meet some of them on stage, presenting their projects in talks in the Open Source Forum.

Amarok is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source audio player.

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Deepamehta is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering a Java-written platform for knowledge management.

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Scribus is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an professional Desktop Publishing under Linux.

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Open Mapi is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, dedicated to groupware interoperability through the API.

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Drupal is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering content management for all purposes on the web. Additional screenshots show examples for websites built with Drupal.

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Mozilla is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, extremely successful with its open source browser, but it has more to offer.

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The Free Software Foundation Europe is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, the European division working for the freedom of software.

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GOsa² is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering a central management of software. Although not known to many, they help out in large projects already, for example in the LiMux project in the City of Munich, Germany.

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AdempiereERP is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an enterprise ressource planning for the German market.

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i-doit is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering a tool for project documentation conformant to ITIL.

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KDE is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering the graphical work environment and many applications for Linux users.

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Debian is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering a free Linux operating system Java-written platform for knowledge management.

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Blender is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering 3-Dimensional Software Creation for professionals.

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Gnome is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering free desktop environment of Linux and Linux-like systems that is especially focused on offering easy access.

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FreeBSD and NetBSD are among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, sharing a booth and representing "Berkeley Software Distribution" operating systems. If you paid attention -- you're right, actually it's 16 projects at the Open Source Project Lounge.

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