IT And Finance Professionals, And Software Developers Comprise 70% Of Pre-Registered Audience For New York City’s February Linuxworld Conference & Expo

Attendees From Around The World To Attend First East Coast Event

Framingham, Mass. — November 8, 1999 — IDG World Expo today announced preliminary registration demographics for the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference and Expo to be held in New York City, New York, February 1 — 4, 2000 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Information Technology and financial managers comprise 30 percent of the registrations and 40 percent are devoted to software and systems development. All 50 states and 23 countries will be represented in New York including Japan, Israel, India and Venezuela. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premiere event for supporters, investors and enthusiasts of the Linux operating system.

"Wall Street’s strong interest in the Linux community is reflected in the demographics we are seeing for the New York event," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Bringing LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to the financial capital of the world provides investors with an opportunity to take a closer look at this booming industry. The strong presence of software developers and IT management supports the trend of companies adopting Linux as their operating system of choice."

To date, thousands of professionals have registered to attend the first East Coast LinuxWorld Conference and Expo stating strong interest in Internet/Intranet products, followed by Web server/management products and communications/networking products. The average annual IT/MIS budget of attending companies is over a half-million dollars — 16 percent with annual budgets of over $5 million.

Attendees represent a wide variety of companies and organizations, including AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Digital, IDG Ventures, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Morgan Stanley and New York University.

The event will feature over 150 vendors and seven conference tracks. Keynote speakers who are leaders and innovators in the Linux community include Linux creator Linus Torvalds; Larry M. Augustin, founder, president and CEO, VA Linux Systems and Steven Mills, general manager, IBM Software Solutions.

For More Information

For more LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 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 Beverly Griffith at 508-424-4852 or beverly_griffith@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. In addition, IDG World Expo owns MACWORLD Expo and ComNet. IDG (www.idg.com) is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.35 billion.

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