CH Open Source Awards 2009

Presentation of the CH Open Source Awards 2009

On Wednesday evening, September 23, 2009, the winners were chosen from among the nominees at the OpenExpo. Once again it became clear that the Swiss open source scene is alive and well.

The jury did not have an easy task when it selected the winners from the exciting and high-quality applications.

The projects, organizations and people won a CH Open Source Award 2009 and prize money of CHF 1,000. The prize money was donated by / ch / open and the two sponsors PostFinance and Netcetera (1,000 francs each).The nominees in the Education category

Swissness winner


strongSwan is an open source VPN solution that is based on the IPsec standard and runs under the Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X operating systems. Thanks to the modular architecture and the multi-threading design, the strongSwan software is fully scalable over large areas – from the slimmed-down desktop client to the powerful Linux security gateway.

Other nominees


Moose is a collaborative research platform for software analysis and information visualization. Moose was first designed in 1997 at the Software Composition Group at the University of Bern. Since then, the moss community has grown and spread to several European research groups. Moose has attracted more than 130 people years of research and development, and it resulted in more than 150 scientific publications.


The ArchivistaBox is the Swiss DMS project to provide information in text and image form over many decades. The ArchivistaBox is deliberately designed as a web and stand-alone project. We see it as important that the data is stored directly on site and with customers. We give a minimum of 30 years guarantee on the data structures.

Progressive Graphics File

PGF is a graphics format for compressed raster graphics, making it a good substitute for JPEG compression. The compression rate is clearly better than the ubiquitous JPEG for the same image quality. In addition, the codec speed is comparable to the high speed of JPEG. PGF has been open source since 2006? and is under the LGP license.Handover of the first prize to the strongSwan team

Winner business

Equalizer Parallel Rendering Framework by Eyescale Software GmbH

Programming interface (library and runtime environment) for parallel, scalable OpenGL programs. Equalizer enables applications to use multiple graphics cards, processors, and computers to improve the speed, quality, or output area of the three-dimensional rendering. Equalizer is a unique software in its market segment

Other nominees

todoyu by snowflake

todoyu is a project and task management system. It is tailored to the needs of SMEs and project teams that work on a project or mandate basis. For example agencies, consultants, architects or lawyers. It is also suitable for use in corporate project teams.

MunicipalityTypo3 by WMC

Based on the widespread CMS Typo3, specific extensions were developed that cover the needs of municipalities and cities. Existing modules, largely developed by WMC, are also used for the intranet area, resulting in a flexible and cost-effective solution that is technically highly standardized. snowflake accepts the award

Winner Pioneer

Canton of Solothurn

The canton of Solothurn is a leader in the administration of free software. He was the first canton to venture to switch to Linux. According to IT manager Kurt Bader, the cantonal IT department is now saving several hundred thousand francs a year compared to migrating to Windows Vista.

Further nominations

Yves Roulet Tener, SméO / Ulrick Liman SméO

SméO : The canton of Vaud and the city of Lausanne have jointly developed the SméO application as a guide for managing sustainability in the construction sector. This internet application, which can be accessed via, allows the projects to be analyzed and tracked at every stage.

Tenerife : The Tenerife Internet application primarily enables the management and optimization of the energy consumption of the building stock. Using the energy management tool TENER, the water and energy consumption can be visualized, analyzed and documented.

Daniel Brunner, IT manager BGer

Daniel Brunner, deputy head of IT at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, has been actively implementing an open standards and open source software strategy for eight years. KPMG carried out an audit last year and confirmed that the open source solutions used by the Federal Supreme Court, such as, Evolution, Firefox and Alfresco, are very economical and future-oriented.


Launched in September 2006, the GeLibrEdu program aims at the widespread use of SOLL (Open Standards and FOSS) in the Département de l’instruction publique (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva. This is not only to offer free software tools (OS, software platforms for retail) and open standards, but also to invite all actors in the education sector. The announcement of the winner

Winner advocacy

François Marthaler

Francois Marthaler is a councilor in the canton of Vaud. The canton of Vaud promotes the open source movement for three main reasons. It helps to extend the life cycles in IT and to fill in the global “digital divide” and, thirdly, it promotes the faster and cheaper development of secure software. The canton of Vaud uses Typo3 (CMS), SugarCRM and the map server Cartoweb and helped localize the SME ERP system TinyERP. Vaud is also interested in sharing developments.

Other nominees

Christian Laux

Christian has written a number of articles related to open source software and open content topics and gives regular lectures on this topic. He is co-founder of the Openlaw – Platform for Law and Free Software, an institute that is dedicated to the legal aspect of open source software and open content in Switzerland and is responsible for the implementation of the Creative Commons licenses in Switzerland. Christian Laux receives the award

Winner Education

eLesson Markup Language

eLML (eLesson Markup Language) is an XML-based markup language that was developed at the University of Zurich for the creation of structured e-learning content. eLML is now used at various universities in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. There are two important reasons for using eLML to create learning content: Uniformity and flexible output options.

Other nominees


Eduversum was created to simplify entry into the Linux world. The idea behind the project is to give an overview of Linux and its possibilities in education in a simple way. The focus is on the presentation of the existing applications in the field of Linux and education. The winners