CeBit IT trade show opening today

The great and the good of the IT world will gather on the world's largest fairground in Hannover, Germany, today for this year's CeBit Computerpalooza industry trade show. And we'll be there too.

Editor Paul Hales is packing his Lederhosen and funny little hat with a shaving brush sticking out of the top as we speak, and will be winging his way to Germany for the five day festival of technology which runs from the 2nd to the 6th of March.

4,150 companies from 68 countries will be showing off their goods and chattles at this year's show, down quite a bit on last year's tally of 4,300 exhibitors and 2009's 5,800.

This year's theme is 'connected worlds' so expect to see lots of cloud computing and connectivity solutions in the main hall, with Hall 2 hosting luminaries from the Free and Open Source software communities.

Spain is this year's official partner which means that Spanish PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and some 2,000 industry bigwigs for the opening ceremony at 6pm tonight.

CeBit is probably the biggest IT trade show in Europe and traditionally sees the launch of plenty of new hardware, though general consensus is that nothing staggering will be unveiled this year. Whispers about launches from Archos, Asus, Biostar, Nokia, MSI, ASrock, LG and many others have all been doing the rounds on the rumour mill, but we'll all have to wait and see.

If anything exciting does occur, you can bet your bottom €uro that our man on the ground will have news of it right here at THINQ.