Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger To Address Linuxworld Conference & Expo On February 3

Framingham, MA — January 19, 2000 — IBM’s Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger will deliver his first Linux-industry keynote presentation at IDG World Expo’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo at the Jacob Javits Center, New York City on Thursday, February 3 at 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. His presentation, "Linux and the Next Generation of e-business," will address the confluence of three dynamic forces: the tremendous advances in technology; the increasing trend of integrating business processes, people and IT infrastructures; and the surge in business innovation.

Wladawsky-Berger was recently appointed to lead IBM’s major initiative to expand the use and marketing of Linux across its spectrum of server hardware. "We are delighted Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has selected LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to address the Linux community for the first time," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "We look forward to welcoming him at our first East Coast event."

A major part of Wladawsky-Berger’s responsibilities in his new role is to lead IBM’s participation in the important and growing trend toward open standards for interoperability in e-business. In conjunction with this, he is working to make Linux and the open source movement a natural extension of IBM’s commitment to e-business and the next generation of the Internet.

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. The New York LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will be hosted at the Jacob Javits Center — February 1 – 4. It will feature over 50 conference sessions broken into seven conference tracks. In addition to Dr. Wladawsky-Berger, keynote speakers include Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Larry M. Augustin, founder, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems.

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.