Exhibitors Lining Up At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo To Prove That Linux Has Come of Age

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 20, 2001 – LinuxWorld Conference & Expo plans to show the IT industry and the enterprise that open source has come into its own this August 26th-30th, 2001, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. Long past the creation of Linux when Linus Torvalds debuted the first system in 1991, this year's LinuxWorld is slated to boast major developments in the Linux community including exciting exhibitor product, application and service announcements. Despite the overall economic downturn, pre-registration for LinuxWorld's exhibit hall pass is up 50% over last year.


A showcase of the event's lineup includes the Worldwide Developers Conference; a feature presentation by Ed Leonard, Head of Technology for DreamWorks Animation, and the Embedded Linux Pavilion. In addition, one individual, association or organization that has proven outstanding dedication to the open source movement will receive the prestigious $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award.

LinuxWorld exhibitors will utilize the largest gathering of the Open Source community as a forum to announce and demonstrate new products and services as well as award contest winners. Exhibitor highlights include:

· Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ): Shane Robison, senior vice president, technology and chief technology officer, will deliver the opening keynote at LinuxWorld on Tuesday, Aug. 28. In addition, Compaq will announce the winners of its application development contest for handheld devices on Tuesday, August 28, at the Compaq booth (761). To drive development and adoption of Linux applications on handheld devices such as the Compaq iPAQ, Compaq announced in mid-June an application development contest for handheld devices. Five finalists will be awarded a Compaq iPaq Pocket PC H3600 and the Grand Prize Winner will be able to choose between a Compaq TFT8020 Flat Panel Monitor, Compaq Armada M700 Notebook or a Compaq Professional Workstation AP550.

· In the LinuxWorld Developer Habitat, IBM will feature an eServer validation lab, providing live ability for ISVs to validate their Linux applications on IBM eServer systems. IBM is providing hardware, software and technical personnel to demonstrate application development and assist with validation. Software developers interested in scheduling a time to validate their Linux applications at LinuxWorld can email Larry Garibay at garibay@us.ibm.com.

· Intel Americas, AMAX, ASA Computer and Penguin Computing will host "The DNA of Computing," a seminar event geared towards those in the life sciences industry. This FREE seminar will teach attendees why having a simple computing solution at low-cost is the key to business survival and how to gain a competitive advantage with an Intel architecture-based clustering solution. The seminar will also address the implementation of and applications for a Beowulf Cluster system, and how the systems are used to deal with complex problems. Participants will also have a chance to win Pentium 4 processors as well as two Pentium 4 processor-based systems. The complimentary seminar will take place on August 29th, 2001 from 1:00 – 5:30pm in Meeting Room 134b at LinuxWorld.

· Legato Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGTO), a worldwide leader in enterprise storage management software, will be conducting a DB2 Linux Demonstration in Booth #483 that will show the continual availability of a DB2 database in a Linux environment. The Legato booth will also feature various product presentations throughout the duration of the event. Among the featured presentations will be newly released Legato NetWorker 6.1 which expands Legato's Linux support by adding NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) support on NetWorker versions for Caldera, Red Hat and SuSE Linux, providing Data Centers and Branch Offices with the option of using low-cost Linux servers for protecting NDMP-based Auspex, and EMC NAS file servers.

· Linuxcare, a leading professional engineering and integration services company for open source technologies, is proudly announcing its new Staff Augmentation Services. These services are a quicker and more cost-effective way to access Linuxcare's extensive technical talent for customer development and integration projects. In addition to this new service announcement, Linuxcare will also draw one lucky winner at LinuxWorld who will receive one of the company's on-site technical experts for two weeks at no cost. The approximate value of this prize is $12,000.

· Clustra Systems will debut and demonstrate the new release of the Clustra "always-on" Database running on both a cluster of mixed Linux servers ands on a high-density RLX Technologies cluster of Linux "blades" on August 28th, 2001 at LinuxWorld. Clustra Systems take Linux to the enterprise, providing advanced mission critical database solutions that run on Linux clusters. Using these clusters of commodity servers, Clustra provides easy, affordable database solutions that exceed 5-nines availability and scale online to hundreds of megabytes.

· Mission Critical Linux, Inc., the industry-leading solutions and services company, will demonstrate two new high-availability cluster software solutions at LinuxWorld. The first slated will be an eye-catching, live demonstration of a high-availability solution that delivers sub-second failover to a multi-server cluster that is displaying streaming video. The second demo will be of a high-availability solution that provides new application support, enhanced file system support, and the industry's strongest data integrity guarantees – with Intel's new Itanium Processor and IBM's DB2 Universal Database.

· Covalent, the leading provider of enterprise solutions for the Apache Web server, will conduct in-depth technical presentations on Apache 2.0 at the company's booth to afford attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with top open source community developers. Covalent's presentations will educate attendees on one of the most successful open source projects in history: the Apache Web server.

· Software industry analysts Evans Data Corp. will provide the latest insights into Linux developers attitudes, practices and preferences with a new Linux Developers Survey to be introduced at the show. Based on interviews with hundreds of Linux developers, the in-depth report looks at languages and Linux distributions, types of applications for servers and clients and major obstacles to Linux and to OSS. It includes ratings of different types of development tools. Evans Data provides top-quality quantitative and qualitative market research to the software industry.

· Aculab will demonstrate the Whirlwind computer telephony server, following its successful worldwide rollout. Based on the Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum (ECTF) industry standard application programming interface S.100, Whirlwind supports open architecture, allowing developers, integrators and application service providers to create flexible reusable communications applications for enterprise and public network environments.

· AC&NC, a leading provider of RAID Data Storage Solutions for Linux, will be showcasing the first RAID product certified by Red Hat – JetStor III IDE RAID. Demonstrations of the RAID monitoring software running on Linux with the JetStor III IDE RAID will take place during the show in Booth #1289. AC&NC will also exhibit new JetStor III U160/FC RAID, a SAN Ready product designed for a rapid access by a network of Linux servers.

The largest Linux-focused event of the year, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo also offers a stellar environment for discovering solutions for difficult IT issues as well as a place for the open source community to convene and collaborate. Some of the main attendee draws of this year's show include:

· Worldwide Developers Conference – Hosted by LinuxWorld and created with the collaboration of the Open Source Development Network (OSDN), this conference is an exceptional event for developers of open source technologies looking to enhance their skills. Developers will attend valuable technical training and educational forums on Linux application design and development. Prominent Linux and open source industry moguls will deliver the conference courses.

· Feature Presentation, Ed Leonard, Head of Technology for DreamWorks Animation – Leonard will deliver an address on how DreamWorks is currently implementing Linux in feature film production. The presentation is slated for Tuesday, August 28, 2001 from 12:00-1:00PM.

· Embedded Linux Pavilion – This portion of LinuxWorld will debut all the current products and services from embedded Linux vendors. Presented in conjunction with the Embedded Linux Consortium, these displays will include the use of embedded Linux in Internet devices, appliances and other non-traditional Linux-based hardware.

· $25,000 IDG / Linus Torvalds Community Award – The $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award, presented by Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development, IDG World Expo, to recognize an entity's dedication to the open source movement.

For More Information

For more LinuxWorld Conference & Expo information, or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Colin Brown (A-K) at (508) 424-4851 or Colin_Brown@idg.com or Beverly Griffith (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or Beverly_Griffith@idg.com.

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