[LT-WEB] Re: PE translation--final

Subject: [LT-WEB] Re: PE translation--final
From: Tony Crawford (tc@crawfords.de)
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 13:56:46 CET

Hi alle!

So, ich glaube, folgende Fassung (s.u.) berücksichtigt auf der einen
oder anderen Weise alle Anregungen, die an mein Ohr gedrungen sind.

Rodger Etz-Brown wrote (on 20 Jan 00, at 10:40):

> Hi Tony,
> am in the process of collecting all the stuff that has been translated so
> far. Is there a chance to send me the press announcement you translated?

European LinuxTag 2000 at Stuttgart Convention Center

Kaiserslautern, January 18, 2000. This year's LinuxTag, the largest
Linux user convention in Europe, will be held from June 29 to July 2
in the Stuttgart international convention center, the organizers
announced today. This is the first time in its five-year history that
LinuxTag will take place outside the event's birthplace at the
University of Kaiserslautern.

"This marks a new chapter in LinuxTag's success story," the
organizers announced. "With 7,000 visitors, LinuxTag '99 reached the
limit of what the University can manage. Keeping LinuxTag in
Kaiserslautern would have meant restricting both the offerings and
the attendance to 1999 levels. But that would not do justice to the
growing importance of--and the public interest in--GNU/Linux and free
software. In the Stuttgart Convention Center we'll be able to grow
along with GNU/Linux and take on new challenges."

The Concept for 2000
The tremendous success of LinuxTag '99 was evidence that the event's
concept was right on target. For this reason, LinuxTag 2000 will be
modeled after its predecessors, with an expanded program made
possible by the larger venue. The organizers are taking pains to make
sure that LinuxTag retains its unique atmosphere. "We're not out to
produce just another big computer convention in Germany. We want an
event that's interesting and fun."

Highlights of the LinuxTag 2000 program include:

* Exhibitions by companies as well as non-commercial groups
* An international lecture series on a broad range of topics related
  to open-source software
* Discussion forums with experts from the software development,
  business and public policy fields
* A job forum to bring job seekers together with exhibiting companies
  and offer them a look inside the working world of information

As in previous years, participation in these events is free for

New: A Business Colloquium
For the first time, LinuxTag in 2000 will host a conference on the
use of GNU/Linux and other free software in businesses. The range of
topics dealt with will focus on:

* Security in information technologies
* Legal aspects of free and open-source software
* Support
* Case studies: suitability, benefits, cost-effectiveness
* Proprietary applications on free operating systems

A fee will be charged for participation in the business colloquium,
which is aimed at IT employees and decision-makers in both large and
small businesses in all industries.

LinuxTag's organizers have made it their goal to present a complete
picture of the world of free software. The GNU/Linux operating
system, created by committed programmers in their spare time,
originally grew up in universities, but in recent years it has begun
proving its worth in business settings, whether as a network server,
as a desktop and application environment, or even in embedded systems
with real-time capabilities. LinuxTag is intended to help more
companies discover and take advantage of the potential benefits to be
gained from using free software.

The LinuxTag business colloquium will also support start-up
entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to present their
business ideas to venture-capital companies.

About LinuxTag
LinuxTag is an annual convention and conference on free software,
focusing primarily on the GNU/Linux operating system. LinuxTag is
aimed at a wide audience ranging from the merely curious to new
GNU/Linux users, to knowledgeable fans and IT professionals.

Since the first LinuxTag in 1996--an evening devoted to GNU/Linux at
the University of Kaiserslautern, attended by 70 visitors--the event
has grown exponentially. LinuxTag '99 was the peak to date, and the
largest European event ever devoted to free software, with an
attendance of seven thousand and a program comprising 50 lectures and
over 50 exhibitors.

LinuxTag's objectives are determined by an open organizational
concept that is derived from the open development model of free
software itself: anyone is welcome to participate in organizing the
event. This model ensures a multi-faceted program of high quality,
and prevents self-interested commercialism. In this way LinuxTag
provides a fitting forum for free software issues.

Financing by companies that earn money with open-source software
makes it possible for non-commercial projects to participate in
LinuxTag free of charge. Not only can such project groups present
their products to the public in a professional setting, but they also
benefit from the synergy that accompanies a gathering of the free
software community that is scattered throughout the world.

In 2000 the LinuxTag organizers expect well over 10,000 visitors.
This year's program includes talks in English, and may well establish
LinuxTag as the most important convention and conference on free
software in Europe.

Last November the LinuxTag organizing team founded a non-profit
association in Kaiserslautern, which welcomes membership applications
from all persons and corporations willing to lend material or other
support to the association's goal: the promotion of free software.
For further information, see the association's Web site at
http://www.linuxtag.org/ or send e-mail to info@linuxtag.org. For
those interested in contacting the LinuxTag group directly, the
association will be at CeBIT in Hannover, February 24 to March 1,
Stand B43 in Hall 16.

About Free Software
The term "free software" refers to computer programs whose copyright
license conditions grant special freedoms. The requirements include
not only publication of the source code by the author (one of the
conditions of "open-source software"), but also the user's right to
modify the software as desired, and to re-distribute it under the
same conditions.

In practice this concept means that many thousands of programmers
throughout the world are involved in the development of free
software, using the Internet to communicate and coordinate a
multitude of projects. The results of this development work are
available free to anyone. The operating system GNU/Linux is the most
widely known project of the free software community.

-- Tony Crawford
-- tc@crawfords.de
-- Phone: +49-3341-30 99 99
-- Fax:   +49-3341-30 99 98

-- LinuxTag Web Developers Mailinglist lt2k-www@linuxtag.org

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