IDG World Expo Launches LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – December 13, 2004 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that it will launch LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® in Mexico. The event will be licensed to E.J. Krause & Associates, one of the largest privately owned exhibition management companies in the United States. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Mexico will be co-located with E.J. Krause’s EXPO COMM MÉXICO, the most important international telecommunications and IT business forum in Mexico. LinuxWorld Mexico is scheduled for February 2006 in Mexico City at Centro Banamex.

In order to promote the LinuxWorld brand and bring the Linux and open source community together prior to the February 2006 date, LinuxWorld in Mexico will be initially launched in the summer of 2005 as a smaller, conference-centric program. LinuxWorld Mexico Summit will take place June 9-10, 2005 in anticipation of the full-scale LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in February 2006.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with IDG World Expo to produce LinuxWorld in Mexico,” said Paul St. Amour, General Director of E.J. Krause de Mexico. “We already have a great event in EXPO COMM MÉXICO, and by adding LinuxWorld to the program, we will be able to bring together the largest amount of technology applications in Mexico under one roof and to form national and international strategic alliances.”

“IDG World Expo has events that reach every corner of the globe, and this license agreement is a perfect fit for us, because Mexico is an important market where technology companies are trying to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers,” said David Korse, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. “E.J. Krause is recognized worldwide as a major organizer of exhibitions and conferences, 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 the event 13 countries.”

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.

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. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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®, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo™, Portable Power Conference & Expo™, Wireless Sensing Solutions™, WinSEC™, Context™ and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Founded in 1984, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) (http://www.ejkrause.com) is one of the largest privately owned exhibition management companies in the United States. EJK is recognized worldwide as a major organizer of exhibitions and conferences. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, EJK has 13 offices across four continents. EJK's offices include México City, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dusseldorf, Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul, Buenos Aires, Madrid, São Paulo, St. Petersburg and Washington, DC. As a worldwide trade show and conference organizer, EJK produces over 60 events in 16 different industries such as security, telecommunications, IT, paper and forestry, environmental, manufacturing, food and beverage, sports, construction, petroleum and power transmission.

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®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, 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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