Advances In Network Integration, Hardware And Software Support, And Operating System Upgrades Headline Upcoming Linuxworld Conference & Expo

Framingham, MA — January 26, 2000 — When enthusiasts, vendors and developers gather at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York City beginning February 1, they will be greeted by a tidal wave of new industry innovations, initiatives, and companies. Event organizer IDG World Expo announced today that virtually all 175-plus companies exhibiting at the show plan to demonstrate and announce new Linux-based businesses, services, technologies and applications. With names as diverse as TUCOWS, YOUcentric, Red Hat, Interstar Technologies and MandrakeSoft, companies participating in LinuxWorld Conference & Expo are reinventing the way technology and business functions.

"Our first East Coast show is shaping up to be a watershed event for the Linux community," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "In less than a year, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has already become a focal point for industry announcements on developing and running a business on Linux. In an industry with accelerating growth, we think this show will continue to surge in importance and attract an even larger, more diverse worldwide audience."

In addition to the many company announcements scheduled, visitors and exhibitors alike will hear first-hand, through 50 conference sessions broken into seven conference tracks and 14 tutorials, in-depth industry analysis and perspectives delivered by industry leaders such as Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux; Larry Augustin, founder, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems; and Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, senior vice president of technology and strategy, IBM.

Among the many announcements planned at the conference are:

— First ASP solution to enable design applications to work with Linux

— New distributions of Linux operating systems

— First campaign to make Linux more accessible and understandable to users worldwide

— Software that enables developers to build e-commerce and other enterprise-level solutions directly on Linux

— Software that allows users to run multiple operating systems concurrently on a single PC, without rebooting or repartitioning

— First series of Linux-based thin servers that intergrate the most popular applications and brand of Linux

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.

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