IDG’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Series Expands To Meet International Demand

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 21, 2001 – In response to growing global demand for IDG's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the company today announced it will launch a new show in Ireland this November, followed by an expanded schedule of international 2002 event dates. LinuxWorld has become the premiere event for buyers and sellers, supporters, investors and enthusiasts of Linux and open source solutions. According to recent research from IDC, the Linux market is projected to grow at a 17.9 percent compound annual growth rate between the years 2000 and 2005. This roughly translates to an open source market worth $183 million by 2005.


Ireland's first LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place November 23-24 in Dublin. Recently, renowned speakers were unveiled for the second LinuxWorld Germany show. Beginning October 30, 2001 in Munich, the speakers will tackle a broad spectrum of issues related to Linux and the open source movement including: Linux on the desktop; embedded Linux; network management with open source tools; and business models for open source enterprises.

"The rapid expansion and global interest in the LinuxWorld events can be attributed to the community of loyal open source supporters – and to the growing acceptance of Linux as a mature, cost-effective operating system by public and private sectors worldwide," said Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. "The overwhelming response to IDG's LinuxWorld events demonstrates that this technology has truly come of age. For the past three years, our Linux events have been opening to packed audiences and sold-out exhibition halls."

The announcement of the following international show dates coincides with the upcoming U.S. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo taking place at the Moscone Convention Center, August 26-30. Highlights of this San Francisco event include a feature presentation by Ed Leonard, head of technology for DreamWorks Animation, as well as keynotes from Shane Robison, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Compaq Computer Corporation; Larry Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford University; and Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat, Inc. Other highlights include an Embedded Linux Pavilion, a Worldwide Developers Conference and various award programs recognizing achievements by the open source community.

Worldwide schedule of events includes:

LinuxWorld Hong Kong, August 2001,

LinuxWorld Tokyo, October 24 – 25, 2001,

LinuxWorld Malaysia, November 2001,

LinuxWorld Frankfurt, October 30 – November 1, 2001,

LinuxWorld Beijing, August 2002

LinuxWorld Taipei, August 2002,

LinuxWorld France, Jan. 30 – Feb.1, 2002,

Additional Linux Resources

IDG also offers a suite of information services to help keep open source devotees up-to-date on the issues driving acceptance and growth of the Linux operating system. For example,, the first Web-only magazine for the Linux community, delivers hands-on technical information, real-world case studies of Linux in the enterprise, features, product reviews, market overviews, and knowledgeable guidance for making purchasing decisions. IDC also carefully tracks the Linux market with timely reports, survey results and bulletins that profile leading vendors and cover global open source topics such as user perceptions and acceptance rates, shipment revenues, and industry growth forecasts.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company. With annual revenues of $3.1 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World and CIO global product lines. (, IDG's Technology Directory, covers the world's largest network of technology-specific web sites, comprised of more than 300 IDG sites in 70 countries. IDG also produces 168 technology-related events including IDG World Expo's Macworld Conference & Expo. Research arm IDC provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at


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