LinuxWorldExpo 08 Press Release

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LXDE Press Release

For immediate release

2008, August, 6

San Francisco, USA

LXDE the fastest full featured operating system desktop on the market at the Linux World Expo 2008

LXDE is the fastest full featured Linux operating system desktop on the market and is being featured at Linux World Expo in San Francisco this August. Two of LXDE's main developers from Taiwan, Andrew Lee, Chief Maintainer and Community Manager and Fred Chien, Head of Development and Design, are currently visiting the US to showcase the resource saving operating system desktop. They are supported by Mario Behling, a business integrator in the field of Open Source from who is from Germany and is responsible for Communications and Sales, and Glen Johnson, Ph.D. a former IBM engineer who is LXDE's Community Liaison in the US.

After more than three years of intense development, the LXDE core team has recently set up a privately held company to facilitate its commercial operations. The company is based in Taiwan and has an European office in Berlin, Germany. US operations are supported by Glen Johnson who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX.. The LXDE system itself focuses on speed, ease of use and mulitlanguage support.

"The user interface has a very pleasing look and feel that works incredibly fast with the less powerful hardware found in netbooks, mobile devices and older computers." remarks Glen Johnson a longterm Linux software engineer, who worked many years for IBM's Linux Technology Center in Austin, Texas and advises the LXDE on its American operations.

"We expect a widespread interest in our system and we have already numerous appointments with hardware manufacturers and Linux distributors. We are also interested in partnerships with universities and research institutions", explains Behling regarding the presentation at the Linux World Conference in San Francisco.

"We were just recently informed that some Linux aficionados at Saint Louis University have tested LXDE. Our system received top scores among the most widespread Linux distributions. They told me: 'It is really, really good.' So, I am very curious to see their benchmark results.", adds Andrew Lee, who has contributed to Debian for more than 5 years and is a core developer of the first Chinese Linux extension project.

Among the expected visitors at the Linux World Conference is CW Huang, who works for ASUSTek Inc. which, with its EeePC Series is the largest netbook producer in the world. Huang recently agreed to serve as a Senior Technology Advisor on the board of the LXDE company along side Joy Ayo Tang, the founder of oneVillage Foundation. Tang has previously held several positions at Cisco with responsibilities for Government Alliances, Emerging Market Development and Executive Business Briefings. Until recently Tang served as a VP of Markets and Innovation at Accton, a large Taiwanese networking OEM and ODM.

Background Info on LXDE

LXDE is short for “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment “; LX at the same time can also mean Linux. LXDE is especially designed for new generation devices like netbooks and small computers.

LXDE needs less RAM, less CPU and less disk space, while it offers all the features and applications customers are accustomed to and like to use in a Linux desktop. "There are already numerous good Linux desktop environments like KDE, GNOME, XFCE on the market, but none of these is adapted and customized for the smaller energy savy devices as well as LXDE.", says Fred Chien from Taiwan who is serving as Head of Development and Design of the LXDE project.

"Because of its lite weight and resource saving design LXDE is not only interesting for consumers with newer netPCs but also for users with older computers, for example for people who have a second PC or people in developing countries." adds Andrew Lee responsible for maintaining software packages in LXDE.

LXDE is being developed with speed, ease of usability and resource reduction in mind. For these purposes, the developer team in Asia and Europe has optimized the GTK toolkit which is commonly used in many Gnu/Linux distributions. By using GTK the system keeps the advantage, that all applications running on distributions using GTK, like Debian or Ubuntu, can be installed in a system using the LX desktop environment.

From the start LXDE has involved people from several countries in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India) and in Europe (Germany, Italy, France). Because of this diverse background of developers, multi-language support has always been a key feature of LXDE.

It is of particular interest for developers of other commercial Gnu/Linux distributions focusing on the market for small consumer devices that each component of LXDE can run independently. So, components of LXDE can be included in other Gnu/Linux operating system distributions. Many components have already been included in netbook distributions of Ubuntu or are being incorporated products by companies like gOS.

For more information about LXDE please visit us at Linux World Expo in San Francisco from August 3-5, 2008 at booth 1519 or on our website at www.lxde.org.

Contact:

Mario Behling

mb@lxde.org

Mobile US: +1 415 3518442

Mobile Taiwan +886 960512275

Phone Germany +49 30 88764502

IRC #lxde on irc.oftc.net

http://www.lxde.org

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