IDG World Expo and LinuxWorld Magazine Name Finalists for LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA & MONTVALE, NJ – MARCH 30, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, in conjunction with Sys-Con Media, the world's leading i-technology media company, today announced finalists for the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards, to be presented at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), April 3-6 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. These awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors and will be presented in 12 separate categories, including a "Best of Show" award.

"The exhibitors at LinuxWorld Expo continue to innovate and improve existing products, providing quality solutions for levels ranging from personal users to the large enterprise," said Mark R. Hinkle, Editor-In-Chief, LinuxWorld Magazine. "For those seeking the very best in Linux and open source solutions there's no better forum to visit and review products than the ones showcased at this event."

"The LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards are considered the industry standard for innovation in the Linux community," said Melinda Kendall, group vice president, IDG World Expo. "Every year we look forward to recognizing the developers of these products, which represent the best technology available to users of Linux and open source."

The award judges represent a spectrum of technical professionals, business professionals and journalists from the open source industry. Award winners will be announced during a ceremony on the LinuxWorld exhibit floor in the Product Excellence Awards Theater on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 12:30pm EST.

Finalists include:

Best Application Development Platform

— Parasoft Corporation – Parasoft SOAtest

— Trolltech – Qtopia Series 4

— Novell Inc. – Mono Development Framework

Best Clustering Solution

— Continuent – Continuent p/Cluster

— PathScale – Infiniband Interconnect

Best Desktop Solution

— SugarCRM – Sugar Enterprise 4.0

— SunWah – Linux Rays LX 1.5

Best Grid Computing Solution

— Themis – DCRM

Best Database Solution

— Centeric CRM – Centeric CRM

— Oracle – Oracle Database 10g Express Edition

Best Messaging Solution

— Barracuda Networks – Spam Firewall 900

— Scalix – Scalix Appliance

— Message Solution, Inc. – Enterprise Email Archiving 3.0

Best Open Source Solution

— Xchange Server 5 – Open

— Project.Net Inc. – Project.Net

— SugarForge.org – Sugar Open Source

— Sleepycat Software – Berkley DB 4.4

Best Security Solution

— Barracuda Networks – Barracuda Spyware Firewall

— Configuresoft, Inc – ECM 4.8 .

— Novell Inc – Novell Identity Manager 3

Best Systems Management Tools

— rPath Inc. – rBuilder

— BakBone – NetVault Replicator for Linux

— Splunk Professional – Splunk Professional

Best Virtualization Solution

— DataSynapse Inc – GridServer 4.2 Virtual Enterprise Edition

— rPath Inc – rBuilder Online

— Swsoft Inc. – Virtuozzo for Linux

Most Innovative Hardware

— AMD – Dual Core AMD Opteron processors Models 885, 285 and 185 Levanta – Intrepid M 4.1

— Emperor Linux – Raven X41

Best Integration Solution