Novell to Announce Winners of First Annual "Dister" Awards

December 9, 2010

Novell to Announce Winners of First Annual "Dister" Awards


Novell will announce the winners of its First Annual "Dister" Awards on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced via a 20-minute virtual Facebook event. To register for the awards ceremony, visit

The First Annual "Dister" Awards is a SUSE Studio contest celebrating innovators and inventors of Linux-based software appliances. Entrants were asked to create an appliance and post their entry in SUSE Gallery ( Judges then selected winners in the categories of "Community Use" and "Commercial Use". The winners for each category are being awarded a $10,000 grand prize.

Chosen for their unique and valued industry perspectives, the judging panel consists of Labs Editor in Chief at eWeek Jason Brooks, Senior Editor at InternetNews Sean Michael Kerner, openSUSE Community Manager Jos Poortvliet, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell Markus Rex and Executive Director of the Linux Foundation Jim Zemlin.

Since July 2009 and the launch of the SUSE Appliance Program, more than 585,000 Linux appliances were built using SUSE Studio, the industry's most successful web-based appliance creation tool with more than 95,000 registered users worldwide. SUSE Gallery serves as a centralized storefront where SUSE Studio users can share, browse and access appliances. Only SUSE Gallery offers software developers this opportunity to publish and promote their software appliances to millions of potential users.

To learn more about the First Annual "Dister" Awards visit For more information about the SUSE Appliance Program visit