Executives From Novell and AMD Sign-On As Keynote Presenters At LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 7, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, has announced the addition of Debra Anderson, CIO at Novell, and Randy Allen, Corporate VP of the Server and Workstation Division at AMD, as keynote presenters for the first-ever LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM). Anderson and Allen join previously announced opening keynoter and "security guru" Bruce Schneier, creating an all-star lineup of keynote speakers for this event. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit, scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis, is a unique conference providing attendees with the opportunity to learn from the Linux and open source deployment experiences of their peers through actual case studies.

On Thursday, February 15, 2007, Debra Anderson will kick-off day two of the conference with her keynote entitled, "Open Source Adoption – A Real Life Story." During this revealing presentation, Anderson will share her experiences as she led Novell's migration to OpenOffice and the SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop. How do you make a fast transition for almost 5000 internal customers with the least amount of disruption? What impediments did Novell face and how were they solved? As first adopters of their own technology and other open source technology, Novell learned fascinating lessons that will help organizations understand the business opportunity of open source.

"CIO's don't want to be held captive to any one vendor and that's what's driving more and more organizations to move toward open source in the enterprise and data center. It gives them control over their environment, which makes great business sense," said Debra Anderson. "We make the transition easier because we are the ones kicking the tires by adopting our own open source products before bringing them to market. In addition, by being leading edge in the broader adoption of open source we can share the insights."

Closing out the conference on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 3:45 p.m. is Randy Allen of AMD who will deliver a keynote entitled "Accelerating The Open Data Center." For many of us in the technology world, "Linux" represents the concept of "open collaboration." The open-source movement revolutionized IT by creating enduring models for technological innovation. Today, IT managers who are expected to leverage innovative solutions that deliver competitive advantage are also increasingly squeezed by pressure to reduce data center costs. Can the open model that Linux fostered address these competing pressures? Randy will discuss the implications of an open and collaborative approach to technology innovation, using industry examples to demonstrate how IT managers today can best benefit by open vendor approaches to developing innovative data center solutions.

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. Attendees can register at www.linuxworldsummit.com . Conference passes are available for $995 and Sponsor Showcase passes are available at no cost to qualified attendees.

About LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit www.linuxworldsummit.com . For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness, RoboNexus and RoboDevelopment Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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