IDG World Expo Unveils Keynote Line-Up For LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 28, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today announced the keynote line-up for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® in New York City, taking place January 20-23, 2004 at the Javits Center. Representatives from, Computer Associates, IBM, Novell and Oracle will deliver keynote presentations detailing success stories and strategies for adapting to an open source world.

Novell, Inc., will kick off LinuxWorld with the opening keynote, “Open Source Meets Traditional Software Development: Transitioning Business Models, Development Practices, and Corporate Culture to Embrace Open Source.” Scheduled for delivery by Chris Stone, vice chairman of the Office of the CEO, this keynote will focus on the benefits of devoting developer resources to open source projects, as well as the flexibility, cost savings and software quality that companies can expect with open source.

“As enterprises transition to open source they gain benefits in terms of flexibility and total cost of ownership, but the move also forces new thinking about traditional information technology,” said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. “The idea of putting the corporate crown jewels on systems developed on an open source model runs counter to the normal IT approach. The bottom line is that open source is, and should be, a reliable and secure component of any IT infrastructure.”

Dave Dargo, vice president of Oracle Corporation’s Linux Program Office, will cover “What Comes After Unbreakable Linux?” during his keynote presentation at LinuxWorld. Dargo will discuss the next set of challenges faced by companies standardizing on Linux.

"Countless enterprises have already decided to make the move to Linux," said Dargo. "But now they're asking, 'Now what?' In my keynote presentation at LinuxWorld, I'll deconstruct the debate surrounding server consolidation vs. standards consolidation, open source vs. closed source implementations, and how best to support their environments."

In another keynote presentation, “Linux & The Platform,” vice president of Infrastructure Tom Killalea will explain the role of Linux in the development and delivery of the company’s services.

“With more than 37 million active customer accounts, 500,000 sellers and 35,000 independent Web services developers, needs a reliable and scalable e-commerce platform,” said Killalea. “Using Linux, we are able to take advantage of new technology while providing a stable environment where our customers and partners can do business.”

Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect of the Linux Technology Group at Computer Associates, will deliver a keynote presentation entitled, "Linux Solutions – Ubiquitous Computing." Greenblatt will explain the cultural, political and economic forces driving the global acceptance of Linux, and will look at some real world examples.

"Linux is becoming a part of our everyday lives," said Greenblatt. "It is transforming the computing landscape around the world, from consumer products to educational institutions to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During my keynote presentation, we'll take a look at the worldwide implications of Linux and the management challenges presented by the co-existence of Linux with other commercial operating systems."

Ross A. Mauri, general manager of e-Business on demand at IBM Systems Group, will discuss “The Impact of Open Standards on the Technology Industry: A Business Perspective.” During his keynote, Mauri will explain why Linux offers unprecedented flexibility and choice by disrupting business-as-usual practices of vendor silos in favor of cross-vendor ecosystems.

“Nearly one-half of IT budgets remain consumed by integration of existing assets rather than creation of new business value,” said Mauri. “As a result, companies are turning to open standards to move beyond this challenge. Linux runs on more architectures than any other operating system in use today, and is having a profound impact on the business of technology.”

Also returning to the event in January is the Golden Penguin Bowl, the infamous geek trivia game that tests the wits of some of today’s most distinguished Linux personalities. The Golden Penguin Bowl pits the “Geeks” against the “Nerds” in the fun yet fierce competition for the coveted Golden Penguin, hosted by Chris DiBona of Konstrux Technologies.

"LinuxWorld is an excellent venue for those who pursue Linux not just as a hobby but as a career,” said DiBona. “I've found it to be a great place to find customers for our services."

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