The awards were presented at the close of day one of the IT Expo incorporating COMDEX, NetWorld+Interop, and the Linux Business Expo in Sydney. The event ran over three days until Friday 9 March.
After a lengthy judging process on the show floor, LinuxWorld.com.au selected five finalists, all of which have provided an exceptional product, service or contribution to Linux.
The finalists were:
Caldera Systems Volution
IBM Push into big iron and ongoing developmentTUXIA TASTE (embedded Linux applications)SLUG/Debian Community support and development of LinuxThe LinuxWorld.com.au award was for the areas of product, service and contribution, and IBM's recent work on mainframe development, combined with its ongoing commitment to developing the platform, made it a clear choice. "We are delighted to receive this award," said Glenn Wightwick, a senior consultant at IBM. "We feel an award for an exceptional product, service or contribution to Linux represents everything we aim to achieve with the operating system at IBM."
Gavin Sherry, editor of LinuxWorld.com.au, indicated that it had not been an easy decision. "It was a difficult award to judge. All the exhibitors had, in their commitment to Linux, brought something very valuable to it," said Sherry. "In the end, we [the judges] just could not go past IBM's support of Linux, particularly its work on bringing Linux to big iron hardware."
IBM has a five-tiered Linux business strategy consisting of: enablement of Linux on all of its hardware; middleware development; services to customers; contributing to the open source community; and working well with the major Linux distributions. "Our work on Linux so far has received positive responses from both customers and business partners," said Wightwick. "This is especially true with our big iron push, where much interest has generated from customers who can benefit from running Linux on S/390 and RS6000 systems."
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