We took part to the Paris Capitale du Libre event that was held in Paris last week.
The event features the Lutèces d'Or awards ceremony, which spotlights the best-in-class open-source software projects and actions of the year in France and in Europe in different categories. Alexandre Zapolsky, the Fnill president and Linagora's CEO, said that the event will become even more international next year.
This year, the main winners were OpenOffice.org and the Ile-de-France region (you will find all the winners list here (in French)). OpenOffice.org received the Best Open Source project carried out on a world level (except France) prize and the Ile-de-France area received the Grand Prix du jury. Back in 2006, XWiki had received the price of the Best Open Source project carried out for an enterprise.
Why speak mainly about these two winners? Two reasons.
Ludovic Dubost and myself had the honor of having those two winners at the XWiki table (there was one table by partner) :
- Charles-H. Schulz, is the lead of the Native-Language Confederation of OpenOffice.org
- Jean-Baptiste Roger, technical adviser for the Ile-de-France area.
The 2 prizes rewarded:
- For OpenOffice: the work and the implication of a whole community during 8 years. Double reward, because the remote loadings of OpenOffice become exponential. A chance? Anyway, a beautiful surprise for Charles-H. Schulz. OpenOffice.org already received several other prices this year: OpenOffice.org was awarded three prizes in the SourceForge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards and was considered the "Best of open source productivity application" an award chosen by InfoWorld Test Center editors, analysts, and reviewers. The proof that the work and the implication on a long run of a community bear its fruits to the international level!
- For the Ile-de-France area: the motivation of Jean-Baptiste Roger who never stopped believing in his action, whereas all and everyone were leagued against him. Defending the "open source way" is often a tough fight. His enthusiasm and his joy are equivalent to his engagement and his faith. Both play an important role in the Open Source World ; -)
Bernard Lang (in French), a famous French INRIA researcher, was at our table as well. Thanks to Ludovic who pointed him out to me since I didn't know him nor suspected he was a celebrity. Bernard Lang is a very funny guy and he is very intelligent too. In the next weeks, I will publish a focus on OpenOffice and its growth, another on Bernard Lang and his work promoting the Open Source World and hopefully a last one on Jean-Baptiste Roger.
To be continued...