$25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award to be Presented to the XFree86 Project, Inc.

Framingham, Mass. — January 3, 2000 — IDG World Expo today announced that The XFree86 Project, Inc. is the recipient of the February 2000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award. IDG Chairman and Founder, Patrick J. McGovern and Linux creator Linus Torvalds will present the $25,000 award at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, following Torvalds' keynote address on Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York City, NY.

"The XFree86 Project embodies the essence of the free software movement," said Charlie Greco, IDG World Expo president and CEO. "Their work on the upcoming release of Xfree86 with Linux vendors like SuSE, VA Linux Systems and Red Hat ensures Linux compatibility with future releases of Xfree86."

The XFree86 Project, Inc is a non-profit corporation of the state of Texas. Its primary charter is to design, implement, and distribute, as free software, an implementation of the X Window System. The software implements the X Window System specifications for many implementations of the UNIX ® operating system. All products of The XFree86 Project, Inc. are freely available, and freely re-distributable.

We [XFree86] are delighted to be recognized by the open source community," said Dirk Hohndel, Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc., and CTO of SuSE Linux AG. "This award demonstrates the Linux community's desire to further the open source software movement. With the continued support of IDG, Linus Torvalds and companies like SuSE Linux AG, Metro Link, Compaq Computer Corporation and Red Hat Software, we are continuing on our way to provide the superior technology that will enable us to realize our goal of revolutionizing the software industry."

This first East Coast LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will be hosted in the epicenter of New York City — the Jacob Javits Center — February 1 – 4. It will feature over 150 vendors and seven conference tracks. Keynote speakers are leaders and innovators in the Linux community and include Linux creator Linus Torvalds; Larry M. Augustin, founder, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems and Steven Mills, general manager, IBM Software Solutions.

LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is the premiere Linux-only industry event. This event focuses on the Linux business with a special emphasis on the financial and technical aspects of this booming industry. Attendees are supporters, investors and enthusiasts of the Linux operating system.

For More Information

For more LinuxWorld Conference and Expo information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call 800-657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact (for companies A – K) Aramis Jordan at 508-424-4809, aramis_jordan@idg.com, or (for companies L-Z) Beverly Griffith at 508-424-4852, beverly_griffith@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. In addition, IDG World Expo owns MACWORLD Expo and ComNet. IDG (www.idg.com) is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.35 billion.

About IDG

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.