Linux Foundation Announces “We’re Linux” Winner

Linux Foundation Announces “We’re Linux” Winner

Twenty-something graphic designer Amitay Tweeto wins trip to Tokyo for his video “What Does It Mean To Be Free?”

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2009 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the winner of its “We’re Linux” video contest.

Amitay Tweeto, a 25-year-old graphic designer from Israel, beat out 90 contest entrants to win the grand prize for his video “What Does It Mean To Be Free?” Tweeto will receive a trip to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Linux Foundation’s Japanese Linux Symposium in October 2009.

The “We’re Linux” video contest was launched in December and encouraged Linux enthusiasts to create one-minute videos showcasing what Linux means to them, as well as to convince other people to try it. Ninety Linux users from around the world entered videos in the contest, which attracted a wide variety of submissions and drew more than 100,000 combined views of the entries.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, two runners-up are being recognized. The winning videos can be viewed on the Linux Foundation video site:

* Grand-prize winner: “What Does It Mean To Be Free?”

* Runner-up: “The Origin”

* Runner-up: “Linux Pub”

A combination of community votes and a panel of judges determined the winners:

• Matt Asay, CNET blogger and executive at Alfresco, Inc.;
• Larry Augustin, venture capitalist and former chairman of VA Software,
and Linux Foundation board member;
• Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager;
• Joe Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager;
• Melinda Mettler, director, School of Advertising at the Academy of Art
University; and
• Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media, Inc.

“The ‘We’re Linux’ contest has really highlighted the diversity and creativity of the Linux community,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation. “We’re honored to be able to provide a forum where Linux users can share their passion and experiences with Linux. The level of participation reflected in both the submissions and voting process represents the strong, expansive Linux user community.”

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

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