"The Debian representatives were quite busy at this year's Linux
New Media Awards, which were presented yesterday during CeBIT in
Hanover, Germany. They first took the stage when the award for
"Best Open Source Server Distribution" was presented by Peter
Ganten, Managing Director of Univention GmbH. In presenting the
award he emphasized that Debian has done pioneering work not only
in the technical field but also in the definition of free software
standards and processes.
"The Debian representatives were called to the stage a second
time when the most important award, "Outstanding Contribution to
Open Source/Linux/Free Software", was presented by Karsten Gerloff,
president of the Free Software Foundation Europe. He took the stage
to present the award and first put on a Debian Tartan tie before
praising Debian with a very moving speech.
"He particularly emphasized Debian's dedication to software
freedom saying: "In Debian, quality is the focus of everyone's
attention. But those who work on the Debian system know that great
software is worth nothing without Freedom."