IDG World Expo and IDC Launch LinuxWorld Events in Poland and Spain; Events Licensed to IDC; 22 LinuxWorld Events Now Produced in 19 Countries

POLAND & SPAIN – NOVEMBER 8, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets and IDC today announced the launch of LinuxWorld Summits in Poland and Spain. Under a license agreement, IDC will stage a LinuxWorld Summit – a conference driven version of the popular LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) in each country. Both events are scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2006. Actual dates will be announced shortly. IDC will be working in close cooperation with IDG World Expo, owners of the LinuxWorld brand.

The relationship with IDG World Expo will enable IDC to access high profile conference speakers and also benefit from the experience IDG World Expo has gained in rolling out this event in 19 countries throughout the world. LinuxWorld Summit will be the largest dedicated Open Source event in both Poland and Spain. It is perfectly timed to capture the enthusiasm for Linux as a viable enterprise option. IDC has projected that the total market for Linux devices and software will jump from $US11 billion in 2004 to $US35.7 billion by 2008.

"Linux is already well entrenched amongst end users and business in Poland and Spain," said Bianca W. Bruhn, VP, IDC EMEA Conferences Group. "The event will create a unique opportunity for end users and developers to learn from industry leaders in this fast paced and exciting market."

"IDG World Expo has events that reach every corner of the globe, and this license agreement is a perfect fit for us, because Poland and Spain are important markets where technology companies are trying to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers," said David Korse, CEO of IDG World Expo. "IDC is recognized worldwide as the leading source for research, analysis and consulting services on all aspects of IT markets, and we are excited to partner with them in this venture. The LinuxWorld brand has had extremely strong growth throughout the world, and we now produce 22 LinuxWorld events in 19 countries."

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions. LinuxWorld is produced in: United States (two events), Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan (two events), China (two events), Singapore, Malaysia, S. Korea, Australia, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and South Africa. As the world's most comprehensive marketplace for Open Source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks.

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), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 775 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 40 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com .

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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