JoomlArt & Candis, more regional sponsors

We are very happy to announce that two more regional companies have decided to support GNOME.Asia namely JoomlArt! from Vietnam, providing commercial templates for several free software CMS, and Candis Group from China, an IT solution service provider including hosting services in and out of China. Both companies have centered their business around using, contributing and making money with free software and we are very glad to be receiving their support for this forth edition of GNOME.Asia.

In fact Candis has been a supporter of Free Software communities as far as we can remember and hosting the famous Beijing GNU/Linux User Group since its inception. The decision to support GNOME.Asia was taken on the fact that we will be hosting the 2012 summit most likely in Hong Kong.

JoomlArt! actually provides their conference template for free to any interested Joomla! Day organizer , promotion which they have extended to GNOME.Asia. We have to say it’s been a great design which has enabled us to get the website up and running within a week. We were able to focus on our content rather than designing, css’ing and html’ing, which is not our main expertise. Hopefully the two companies will have the time to join next year event and for foreseeable future.

The cherry on the cake was when we received this email from Alvin Xue who set up our VPS at Candis:

“Dear Fred,

I didn’t notice that. If it’s for gnome.asia, I am very happy if I did sth for it.

Best Regards !”

What else can we ask for? 😉

Check out our brand new website now. We updated a few pages including the Business Sessions and Conference Program. Please help spread the word and see you soon in Bangalore!

Novell, second Bronze Sponsor

We are very happy to announce that Novell has joined the ranks of organization supporting GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 edition and has taken the Bronze  level sponsorship. In fact two of our committee members, Akhil and Bharath from Novell, were the original submitters for the call for host back in December 2010 and have been helping us a lot in organizing the hackfest and conference. Thank you very much Novell!

Lemote, our Bronze Sponsor

We are very happy to announce that Lemote is supporting GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 edition again as a bronze level sponsor this year. Lemote is a manufacturer of MIPs based computers and a provider of loongson processors (Chinese MIPs based processors) as well as related integrated solutions. It is important to add that their system are fully “free software compatible”. All system source files (BIOS, kernel, drivers etc.) are free software, no close firmware are needed. GNOME as a GNU project cares about users freedom and encourages people to use free software, which is why we are very pleased to partner with a company sharing our beliefs. Thank you very much Lemote!

Mozilla, our Silver Sponsor

We are very happy to announce that Mozilla will be supporting GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 edition and has taken the silver level sponsorship this year. Mozilla already supported us in 2008 at the same level, so it’s a real pleasure to have them back. We’re now in discussion to help setting up a Firefox workshop and a Mozilla booth based on available skills and resources. If you’re very familiar with Firefox development, or a passionate user and happen to be in Bangalore during the event please get in touch with us on the GNOME.Asia mailing list. Thank you very much Mozilla!

On the promotion side of things, Linux Pilot has joined the ranks of our media partners and will be helping us to promote our Hackfest and Summit in their magazine and online platform. Thank you to Linux Pilot for their support!

We have also made some nice badges to promote the conference and encourage visitors to pre-register, and will soon make some “I’ll be attending” badges available. Please help us to advertise for the event by placing any of the badges on your blog or website. Thank you!

Oracle, our Gold Sponsor

We are very happy to announce that Oracle / Sun is supporting GNOME.Asia Summit one more time and has taken the gold level sponsorship this year. In fact since GNOME.Asia inception in 2008, Sun and then Oracle have been following us everywhere we went in Asia providing funding and speakers! It also means we will be able to meet again with our great GNOME friends from Oracle and be able to host a face to face GNOME.Asia committee meeting as two members of our team are from Oracle! Thank you very much Oracle!

As a side note, we just started to accept lightning talks. If you are interested to give one, please register in the page, it would be nice if you can help us to spread the word as well!