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The first Annual Linux Solutions Awards Winners Announced

Oct 01, 1999, 06:45 (3 Talkback[s])


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Dateline Dallas, TX September 30, 1999

The Linux Consultants' Support and Resource Center, Linux Today, VARBusiness and Macmillan Publishing Company have completed judging the papers submitted to the Awards Contest. Criteria for winning entries included 1) Creativity; 2) Ability to replicate the solutions; and 3) Practical applicability to business, education or other professional endeavor. Five papers met the criteria for the competition.

The sponsors organized the contest to further the adoption of Linux in Business. Each of the winning papers demonstrated ingenuity which surprised us all. Three papers took Grand Prizes and two took First Prizes. The five papers will be reviewed by the editorial staff of each sponsor and published according to the best fit.

The Grand Prize for Best Business Case Study goes to Kevin Erickson of the US for his paper on creating an Enterprise E-mail System. His article demonstrated excellence in all three categories. Lars Dybdahl of Denmark took first place for his short but excellent piece on creating an Enterprise back-up system for one of the largest real estate management firms in Europe.

The Grand Prize for Best Consultants award wound up in a tie between Leif Kuse of Germany for his outstanding article on building a SGML publishing environment and document management system and Fred Mobach of the Netherlands for his Firewall Solution using DMZ. Fred qualified for his award by cleverly entering the contest before accepting his role of Director, Bynari Internal Europe. Ron Colcemian of the US took first place for an outstanding article on using Linux for Diskless Workstation connectivity to IBM mainframes using Linux. His team provided an outstanding service to their client. His article also contained an element of verve often missing from technical articles.

Congratulations to the winners. We appreciate your hard work and willingness to share your solutions with the community.

Respectfully submitted