IDG’s InfoWorld Announces the BOSSIE Awards Recognizing the Best of Open Source Software ; Reflects Mission-Critical Importance of Open Source Software

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 1, 2007 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT Solutions Management, today announced the Bossie Awards, an innovative recognition program focused on the best of open source software. InfoWorld’s Bossies recognize the Best Open Source Software for business, from small offices to large enterprises. InfoWorld will select more than two dozen Bossie winners after testing a vast array of open source software solutions across all the major product categories: operating systems, middleware, databases, networking, communications, storage, security, development tools, business applications, and more. Winners will be announced on September 10, 2007. Find out more at .

To bring an open source product or project to the attention of the InfoWorld Test Center, send an email to InfoWorld’s selection committee is looking for innovation, functionality, ease of use and implementation, and a proven track record in serving the needs of businesses.

“Open source software has established itself as a cornerstone of modern business computing, and the open source community is arguably the greatest driver of innovation in software today,” said Doug Dineley, executive editor at InfoWorld’s Test Center. “Our central mission is to identify the most promising and cost-effective solutions available to IT organizations. Increasingly, those solutions come from the open source camp. The time has come to formally acknowledge this fact, and to give credit to the developers and community that made it happen.”

InfoWorld's open source coverage utilizes the brand’s "market maker" advocacy approach, also used to champion enterprise data protection (EDP), service-oriented architecture (SOA), and virtualization. Components include: the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), online community media (Webcasts, podcasts, newsletters, InfoClipz), online special sections, and social networking via InfoWorld's IT Exec Connect.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for maximum business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, social media, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at .

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. 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 lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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