SOURCE: Zenoss Inc.

September 18, 2008 16:13 ET

Zenoss Joins Sun, Google, and Canonical as a Global Sponsor of Software Freedom Day 2008

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Zenoss Inc., a leading provider of commercial open source application, systems, and network management software, today announced its global sponsorship of Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Zenoss will join technology leaders Sun, Google, and Canonical along with volunteers comprised of over 600 teams in 80 countries on September 20, 2008, to help raise awareness of the virtues of free software and encourage its use. This is the second consecutive year that Zenoss has provided support for the event.

"Zenoss is committed to supporting the open source community and to helping spread the adoption of open source software," said Zenoss vice president of community, Mark Hinkle. "We see first hand the positive impact our software has on businesses, government, and educational institutions around the world and want to participate in the growth and evangelism of open source software. As a sponsor of Software Freedom Day 2008 we hope to further expose software users and developers to the benefits of transparent, collaborative software development."

"Software Freedom is about creating a digital platform for trust and longevity, particularly in a future where more and more of our lives are dependent upon technology," said Pia Waugh, president of Software Freedom International, the organization behind Software Freedom Day. "Participating and trusting in the software we use makes Software Freedom Day a driving force to draw attention to the importance of open source technology. By reaching a broad audience and fostering a general understanding of software freedom, we hope to encourage increased adoption of free software and open standards. We appreciate the collaboration and support on this effort from leading visionary technology companies like Zenoss."

Zenoss, an active developer of Zenoss Core, an open source network monitoring solution, will be encouraging its community to help promote the use of open source systems management software in recognition of the event. Zenoss supports RRDTool and MRTG as a gold sponsor and is a founding sponsor of the Twisted project, an event-driven networking engine written in Python.

Zenoss employees will be participating at local events in Austin, TX along with the Austin Linux User's Group and the Austin Ubuntu Team. To help promote open source software and SFD, please visit:

About Zenoss

Zenoss is a commercial open source software company whose network, server and application monitoring solutions offer comprehensive IT management and network monitoring. As a result, it is easier to deploy, use and maintain, more flexible, and a fraction of the cost of traditional IT management solutions. It has won numerous awards, including InfoWorld's BOSSIE for Best Open Source Network Monitoring Solution, Enterprise Open Source Magazine Readers' Choice Award and Network World's Clear Choice Award. The solution is helping leading companies -- such as Rackspace, VMware, Tyco Electronics, SugarCRM, Capgemini and Formica -- avoid costly IT outages and better support their employees and customers. Zenoss is headquartered in Annapolis, MD and operates offices in Austin, TX. To learn more visit

About Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home and in business. The non-profit company, Software Freedom International, coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.

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