This Friday will see KDE contributors and our friends arriving from around the world to take part in the KDE World Summit in Glasgow. It costs a lot of money to host a conference of this size, but as in previous years our industry partners have stepped up and made it possible through generous sponsorship. Read on for the full list.
We are very pleased to welcome Trolltech as our Platinum sponsor. Trolltech makes the Qt toolkit without which KDE would not exist. Other products from Trolltech include their Java bindings Qt Jambi and Qtopia, a free software environment for mobile and other embedded devices. Trolltech will also be sponsoring the buffet at our reception with Glasgow's Lord Provost next Monday.
This year we increase our list of gold sponsors by welcoming HP, one of the world's largest IT companies. HP supports free software in numerous ways, take a look at their hp.com/go/opensource page for details. Kubuntu is back as a gold sponsor thanks to the continued support from Canonical. Kubuntu, one of the official Ubuntu distributions, has 24/7 support options available from Canonical. The newly re-formed Linux Foundation is our third gold sponsor, showing the continued support from their members for the free desktop.
AMD is alphabetically our first silver sponsor. Makers of CPUs and graphics chips for many of the world's PCs, AMD supports free software which has been known to work on their chips long before proprietary desktops can. Google supports KDE not only through their generous Summer of Code programme but now also with sponsoring aKademy too. We also expect to have some exciting news regarding Google and our 4.0 release soon. Mandriva have been releasing their distribution with KDE as default for almost a decade. We should have a very special gift to every Akademy attendee from Mandriva. Novell becomes a silver sponsor this year. With their openSUSE distribution and employer of more KDE developers than anyone else, they are among our most important industry partners.
Our Bronze sponsorship sees two new supporters of aKademy. The B2BSoftware.com portal from Best of the Web offers a convenient place for IT managers and administrators to find software suppliers. CodeYard brings together free software and education and is sponsoring our Schools and Edu Day.
Linux Magazine returns as our media partner. Their magazine is where many of our contributors started and continue to learn about this Linux thing. The whole event is hosted by The Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, and is being run jointly by KDE e.V. and KDE GB.
Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we could not run the event without their support. Remember, you need to register for aKademy if you want to attend. See you at the weekend.