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09 June 2010, 13:17

LinuxTag 2010 opens

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Zoom LinuxTag program chair Niels Magnus.
This year's LinuxTag conference begins today in Berlin, Germany. The annual event is aimed at the Linux community as a whole, including beginners, professional users and developers, and runs until the 12th of June at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

At today's opening ceremony, program chair Nils Magnus stressed the importance of free software projects at the event. This year, more than 75 independent projects, ranging from data protection to multimedia and free maps, are represented, a slight increase over the previous year. A total of 43 commercial exhibitors, such as SAP, Oracle and VMware, are also in attendance, a 25% increase over last year.

The conference features over 300 presentations on a variety of topics. Keynotes include speeches from Canonical founder and former CEO Mark Shuttleworth, Google's Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona and James Utzschneider from Microsoft. German Federal Government CIO Cornelia Rogall-Grothe is also in attendance at this year's event.

A Mini Debian Conference and hacking contest will take place during LinuxTag. The event organisers expect more than 10,000 visitors will attend the Berlin event.


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