IDG World Expo Completes Successful LinuxWorld Conference & Expo and Second Annual Next Generation Data Center Event ; Conferences bring together Linux and open source community to discuss emerging trends, unveil new products and participate in agenda-setting educational sessions

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 7, 2008 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today announced the successful completion of LinuxWorld® and Next Generation Data Center™ Conference & Expo (NGDC™), both of which were held August 4-7, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Combined, the two shows attracted close to 10,000 participants and 200 exhibitors from around the globe. Each event showcased the latest open source and data center technologies, and boasted a conference program with almost 200 combined educational sessions, tutorials and hands-on-labs across 17 tracks, including applications, mobile Linux, virtualization and advanced facilities management in the data center.

Key themes that resonated throughout the show were mobile Linux, power consumption and green technologies, embedded, and virtualization. Keynote presentations from executives at Merrill Lynch, McKesson, Cisco Systems, Inc., IBM, Citrix Systems Inc. and Lucasfilm, Ltd., explored many of these themes.

The exhibit floor featured key companies that are driving the future of Linux, open source, and the evolving data center, including Astaro Corp., Barracuda Networks, COPAN Systems, Opengear, Canonical, ACCESS, Oracle Corp., DataSynapse, CISCO, Fujitsu, Intel, Talend, Brocade, Ubucon, Bivio Networks, VMware, SugarCRM, Rackable Systems, Wind River, and more. Many exhibitors leveraged attendee traffic and the media spotlight on both LinuxWorld and NGDC to announce their latest product and service offerings, or other breaking news relevant to the industry.

Additional highlights included the new Mobile Linux Conference, the new Linux Garage, Software Central, Installfest for Schools, an Open Source Voting demonstration, and the Golden Penguin Bowl. The LinuxWorld.com Product Excellence Awards were announced on Tuesday, August 5 and a full list of winners can be found at: http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live.

“This year’s LinuxWorld and NGDC events saw expanded participation from several companies including Brocade, Canonical, Dice and IBM, as well as new participation from organizations such as Linagora, DataSynapse, Foundry Networks and Fusion io,” said Melinda Kendall, vice president and general manager, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. “In addition, we were extremely pleased with attendee response to new conference content and show floor highlights that included a dedicated Mobile Linux Conference, the Open Source Voting demonstration and the Installfest for Schools, which gave the open source community an opportunity to give back to San Francisco. We look forward to the 2009 events.”

All of the keynote addresses from LinuxWorld and NGDC can be downloaded from the LinuxWorld web site at www.linuxworld.com/events, or the NGDC web site at www.datacenterjournal.com/ngdc.

An official audit of the actual number of attendees will be available by October, 2008.

Next year’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® and Next Generation Data Center Conference & Expo are scheduled to take place August 10-13, 2009 at the Moscone Center.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit: www.linuxworldexpo.com or www.ngdcexpo.com.

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 www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or amy_bonner@idg.com or Giovanni Stein at (508) 424-4864 or Giovanni_stein@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Moorehead at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_moorehead@idg.com or Michelle Mohr at (508) 424-4855, or michelle_mohr@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All® (E For All®), E3 Media & Business Summit, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.