25,000 Linux Vendors, Developers and Enthusiasts Pack LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 6, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, announced today that a record-breaking number of attendees and exhibitors packed New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the just-concluded LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. As predicted, the show proved to be the world’s largest-ever gathering of Linux operating system vendors and developers.


"The growth of the show has been staggering," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "In New York, some 300 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees were part of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Two years ago, when we first launched the show, we had only 400 attendees. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo’s popularity continues to grow by leaps and bounds."

Greco added, "This momentum means great things for the upcoming show in San Francisco. It’s clear than LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is a must-attend event for companies determined to stay a step ahead of the competition."

Analysts at International Data Corporation (IDC) report that Linux is now the fastest-growing operating system, and companies large and small have become converts to open-source computing, among them IBM Corporation. IBM’s president and chief operating officer Samuel J. Palmisano delivered the show’s opening keynote address to a standing-room-only crowd of 2,000 people, and described how IBM intends to incorporate open standards into its products.

In addition to Palmisano’s opening keynote address, other featured speakers included: William A. Swope, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager, Intel Architecture Solutions Enabling Group (SEG); Larry Augustin, founder, president and chief executive officer, VA Linux Systems; and Dirk Hohndel, chief technology officer, SuSE Linux AG.

Other highlights and announcements from LinuxWorld Conference & Expo included:

· "Boot Camps" and testing for Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level, a $5,100 value, were offered free to conference attendees

· The "Golden Penguin Bowl," a raucous "geeks-only" game show hosted by Nicholas Petreley, included last-minute participation by the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds

· The prestigious $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award was presented to Samba, in recognition of the company’s exceptional dedication to the open-source movement

· An in-depth conference program including 14 tutorials, 45 conference sessions, and informal "birds-of-a-feather" discussion groups

· Access to the Caldera Learning Center, located on the show floor, provided attendees with a free, hands-on opportunity to test drive Caldera’s products

· The .Org Pavilion, sponsored by VA Linux, gave attendees the opportunity to meet and share ideas with leading figures driving the Linux phenomenon

Also at the show, a panel of industry experts recognized product and service innovations in presenting the Show Favorites Awards. Companies and specific products were chosen in each of seven categories.

Show Favorites Award-winners were:

· Best Developer Tools

Winner: Borland

Product: Kylix

· Best Hardware

Winner: IBM

Product: IBM eServer zSeries 900

· Best Productivity Application

Winner: VA Linux

Product: SourceForge OnSite

· Best System Integration Solution

Winner: Computer Associates

Product: Unicenter TNG 2.4 for Linux

· Best Network/Server Application

Winner: Caldera Systems

Product: Volution

· Best Imbedded Linux Solution

Winner: DevelopOnline

Product: IDE

· Best of Show

Winner: IBM

Product: IBM Small Business Suite for Linux

"We're already developing some exciting new program elements for the San Francisco show," said Greco. "Onward, and upward."

The West Coast LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will take place August 27-30, 2001, at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, a venue able to accommodate the show’s growing popularity.

For More Information

For more LinuxWorld Conference & Expo information visit the Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please

contact Aramis Jordan (A-K) at (508) 424-4809 or Aramis_Jordan@idg.com or Beverly Griffith (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or Beverly_Griffith@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Macworld Conference. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 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 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.