Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil – November 13, 2004 – Software developers, government leaders, university students and professors gathered in the south of Brazil this week to discuss the GNOME desktop.

The two day GNOME Forum opened yesterday on the border of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil where open source and free software personalities from ten countries were welcomed by Rogério Santana, Secretary of the Ministry of Planning for Logistics and Technology from Brasilia, Paulo Macdonald, Mayor of Foz do Iguacu, Marcus Mazoni, President of CELEPAR, and Jon “Maddog” Hall, President of Linux International.

“Brazil maintains the largest deployment of the GNOME desktop in the world.” said Timothy Ney, Executive Director of GNOME Foundation, “We are pleased to bring local training for young software developers in South America and share experiences on implementing GNOME in schools and community telecenters, as well as giant hydroelectric power facility here in Foz do Iguacu.

GNOME co-founder Frederico Mena Quintero, from Mexico, leads a volunteer team of international experts who are providing training for students and developers at the event. The conference is organized under the auspices of GNOME Foundation with corporate and government support.

“We are very happy to host the first Forum GNOME in the State of Parana, where we are using GNOME in our schools. We expect with this Forum that more people will get to know this important international project.” Said Marcos Mazoni – Paraná State Strategic Issues Advisor.

In Europe, the GNOME desktop is also being discussed at GNOME Days, organized by GNOME España along with groups of users the Encuentro GNOME at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. Today, participants at the two conferences in Spain and Brazil are working together on GNOME’s e-mail and calendaring software through an online conference.

The complete schedule and further information about the first GNOME Forum are available at:


GNOME is a free software project that is developing a complete, easy to use desktop for GNU/Linux (more commonly known as Linux), BSD, Solaris, HP-UX and a variety of other Unix and Unix-like operating systems. The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. More than 700 computer developers, including over 100 full-time, paid developers, contribute their time and effort to the project.

About the GNOME Foundation

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