Cebit Open Source 2010

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 2010 - visit the Open Source Project Lounge! CeBIT Open Source and the chosen projects thank the Mozilla Foundation, who supports this year's presentation with a generous sponsorship.

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. The non-profit organization behind the successful Firefox browser, Mozilla Foundation, is supporting the presentation as sponsor - and of course they will be present in Hanover as well!

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 free database PostgreSQL to the Nexenta project with members from India, from the popular programming language Perl to the internet's DNS server BIND10 or the community-based certification CACert, this is just to name a few. Beside other relatively well-known projects such as the KOffice and the Linux distribution LiMux from the City of Munich, some that were previously known only to a small circle of faithful adherents, such as the IPFire firewall and the navigation software navit-project.org, 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 plus the sponsor Mozilla Foundation. 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.

In CeBIT 2010, Mozilla is non-competitive among the projects that will present their work. The company is sponsoring the project lounge with the internet connection for all projects, and developers and community will show its extremely successful open source browser, but it has more to offer.

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Nexenta is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source server platform, combining the OpenSolaris kernel with Debian GNU/Linux system.

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EGEE is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT. Initiated by the European Union, the project has created a worlwide infrastructure of computing clusters.

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m23 is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source software distribution system.

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PostgreSQL is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source database.

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Brodel Business Suite is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source ordering system for B2B.

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IPFire is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering an open source firewall distribution.

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CAcert is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering community based security certificates.

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BIND10 is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, the internet's DNS server.

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LiMux is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, the famous government client project of the City of Munich.

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Perl is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, the dynamic programming language.

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]project-open[ is among the 15 projects to present their work during CeBIT 2010, offering an open source ERP

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Navit is among the 15 projects to present their work during CeBIT 2010, offering an open-source navigation with support for many mapping formats.

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KOffice is among the 15 projects presenting their work to CeBIT visitors 2010, offering a free office suite.

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Among the 15 projects presenting their work at CeBIT 2010, WordPress is offering an open source online publishing system for the web.

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The Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) is among the 15 projects presenting their work in Hanover, Germany, enabling the Linux kernel for real-time Ethernet.

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