Federal Open Source Conference To Showcase Open Source Solutions For Government

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – JUNE 27, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the leading provider of emerging IT tradeshows, conferences and events, announced today that the first Federal Open Source Conference will take place October 2 – 5, 2001 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Federal Open Source Conference will be the first event to focus exclusively on open source products and services for government agencies.


IDC research indicates that open source solutions are becoming increasingly popular in government. The compounded annual growth rate of open source use in the public sector is expected to increase by 78% over the next four years. Government spending on Linux, in particular, is expected to reach $570.6 million by 2004.

IDG World Expo is bringing Federal Open Source Conference to Washington D.C. to allow easy access for federal IT directors, managers and end users. The event is also designed to address the needs of state, local and international government IT departments. IDG World Expo also produces LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the largest event focusing on Linux and open source solutions.

"As producers of the world's largest Linux event, we know what kind of influence open source is having on this industry," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Because open source is becoming increasingly popular among government agencies, we've decided to bring a government-specific open source event right to the heart of our nation's government: Washington, D.C. We've already seen a lot of support in the open source community for this event. Momentum is building fast."

Industry experts will share strategies on stretching tightened IT budgets by using open source, providing valuable ROI to attendees. Compaq Computer Corporation has partnered with Federal Open Source Conference as sponsor of the event, which will feature four days of conference sessions and two days of exhibits. The Open Source Development Network (OSDN) and the UniForum Association, co-chairs of the conference program, developed the conference sessions for the event.

"Open Source solutions are becoming a viable option for an increasing number of government IT departments, most of which face limited budgets for IT spending," said Richard French, General Manager of OSDN. "This is an audience eager for a high quality, informative conference addressing the latest in open source, and Federal Open Source Conference promises to deliver."

The conference program will include ten tutorials and more than 25 conference sessions covering a broad range of topics. Five conference tracks will focus on System Administration, Security, Programming, Migration and Interoperability, and Scientific and Engineering Applications. The conference program will feature some of the top names in the Open Source industry, including Jeremy Allison (Samba), Rasmus Lerdorf (PHP), Adrian Mikeliunas (Security), Robert Page (Zope and Python), Eddie Daghelian (Database Migration) and John Goebel (Clusters).

"OSDN and UniForum Association have developed a top quality conference program designed to address the unique needs of the government IT audience," said Alan Fedder, president of UniForum Association. "Federal Open Source Conference is a must-attend event for anyone in government looking at open source products and services as an option."

About Open Source Development Network (OSDN)

OSDN Open Source Development Network (OSDN), a division of VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX), is the leading news, exchange, collaboration and distribution community for Open Source development, implementation and innovation. Each month, more than six million people visit OSDN destinations–including Slashdot, freshmeat.net, NewsForge, SourceForge.net, Geocrawler, Linux.com, LinuxGram, QuestionExchange, Themes.org and ThinkGeek–delivering more than 110 million pageviews. OSDN sites offer development tools, distribution and discussion channels, cutting-edge editorial, ongoing education and evangelism with Open Source luminaries. Information on OSDN sites, events, services and sponsorships is available at http://www.osdn.com.

About UniForum Association

Since its inception in 1981, UniForum has served as a professional association for end users, developers and vendors to advocate Open Computing. The association facilitates the exchange of information and promotes the benefits of Open Technologies. Central to this mission is the delivery of high quality educational programs, conferences, on line services and peer group interaction.

About Federal Open Source Conference

Federal Open Source Conference is the only event solely focused on providing government agencies with education, training and demonstrations of open source technologies, products and services. Federal Open Source Conference enables government IT managers and directors to explore all open source technologies, including Linux, Apache, XML, and Perl. The first Federal Open Source Conference will take place October 2 – 5, 2001 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The second is scheduled for April 24 – 27, 2002 at the Washington DC Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.fedosconference.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 Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, COMNET Wireless, Federal Open Source Conference, ESPWorld Conference & Expo, Enterprise Application Summit, and Internet Entertainment Expo (IEX). 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 http://www.idg.com.