IDG World Expo and Linux Journal Now Accepting Nominations for Product Excellence Awards At LinuxWorld San Francisco

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 8, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, in conjunction with Linux Journal, the original monthly magazine of the Linux community, today announced that nominations for the "Linux Journal Product Excellence Awards at LinuxWorld" are now being accepted. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco, the largest and most comprehensive event that focuses exclusively Linux and open source, is scheduled to take place August 14-17, 2006 at the Moscone Center.

The Linux Journal Product Excellence Awards distinguish product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors and are divided into 13 categories, including an overall "Best of Show" award. The deadline to submit nominations is July 25, 2006 and finalists will be announced on July 31, 2006. The award winners will be announced during LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.

"We're thrilled to sponsor the Product Excellence Awards and recognize the exhibitors at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo who continue to innovate and improve existing products," said Carlie Fairchild, VP of Marketing and Sales, Linux Journal. "This event showcases the very best in Linux and open source solutions and we look forward to receiving nominations from the companies who are truly affecting this industry."

This year's award categories include:

— Best Database Solution

— Best Open Source Solution

— Best Utility/Grid Computing Solution

— Best Security Solution

— Best Desktop Solution

— Best Messaging Solution

— Best Application Development Platform or Tool

— Best System Management Tools

— Best Clustering Solution

— Most Innovative Hardware Solution

— Best Integration Solution

— Best Virtualization Solution

— Best of Show.

The award judges represent a spectrum of technical professionals, business professionals and journalists from the open source industry. All award nominations should be submitted online at .

For more information on the awards and LinuxWorld Conference & Expo or to register for the conference, visit .

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. 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. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at , or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( ) 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(TM) Summit, Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), SaaScon(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 International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at .

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About Linux Journal

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About SSC Media Corporation

A privately held company, SSC Media Corporation is the leading Linux and Open Source authority, publishing reference materials in these fields since 1983. Properties include,,, the monthly international print magazine Linux Journal, and the digital magazine TUX. Additional information can be found at . All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.