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openDesktop.org launches job board for its global IT community (english)
November 11, 2008
Stuttgart, Germany - openDesktop.org, the network portal for open source and IT specialists around the world, launched a free job board in November.

"The job board is completely free - both to those listing jobs and those looking for jobs. We will finance the job board with advertising and sponsorships," said Frank Karlitschek, founder and CEO of openDesktop.org.

openDesktop.org is the leading portal in a network of 30 open source websites with 110,000 registered users in 100 different countries and over 80 million page views per month. The job board is visible on all websites in the network, meaning a job listed on one, is automatically and immediately displayed on all the other sites in the network.

The outstanding feature of the job board is its simplicity - jobs are listed with a few clicks and jobseekers search the available jobs per country and category. Other reasons why it is such a strong recruitment tool: Jobseekers can easily present themselves as candidates, by uploading their resumes, while employers can look at resumes of candidates, examples of their work (uploaded applications) and the networks candidates belong to - all with just a few clicks on openDesktop.org.

"The USP of our job board, is that jobseekers are at the same time members of our global open source community, giving employers access to more than just resumes," said Karlitschek.

Every day more than 100 newly-built and valuable applications and designs are uploaded to openDesktop.org, for others to download and use at no cost.

"The job board is more than a traditional job board. It is also a project board. We expect it to become a popular place for community members to outsource jobs, such as logo designs. Developers may also search for project members, or for experts to market newly-built applications. The board may even be used to search for business partners, or project financiers. In short, it's a multi-purpose job board," said Karlitschek.

Community members typically stay on the portal for an extraordinary long time: On average 6 million visitors view 80 million pages per month, for an average page view per visit of 13. Karlitschek expects the job board to push the average page views per visit even higher.

The most popular activities on the network portal openDesktop.org is: searching and downloading new applications, participating in discussion groups and messaging members.

The job board is the first of a number of new features and tools to be launched on openDesktop.org.

"We want to create a friendly, interesting and function-rich online meeting place on openDesktop.org. In the next few months we will add a few very interesting Web 2.0 functions to our already wide range of functions," said Karlitschek.

About openDesktop.org

openDesktop.org and the other 30 websites in the open source network, were developed and are run by the h i v e 01 gmbh, based in Stuttgart, Germany. Frank Karlitschek is the majority owner of h i v e 01 gmbh.

openDesktop.org was launched early in 2007. Today openDesktop.org is a truly global meeting place for open source and Linux enthusiasts and other IT experts, with 110,000 registered users in more than 100 countries. openDesktop.org is based in Germany, but in a typical month only 13% of visits originate from Germany. About 55% of the 3 million monthly visits come from countries in the EU, 20% from North-America and the rest from Asia and South-America.

press contact:

frank karlitschek
h i v e 01 gmbh
Stöckachstrasse 16
70190 Stuttgart
+49 711 5188 2593



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