Keynotes at LinuxWorld Boston to be Given by Senior Executives from athenahealth, Dell, Microsoft, MIT, VA Software and Others; Keynotes will discuss real world applications of open source technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 1, 2006 – IDG World Expo announced the keynote line-up for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), which will take place April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. During their keynote addresses, senior executives from athenahealth, Dell Inc., JBoss, Microsoft Corporation, MySQL, SugarCRM, VA Software and Zend will discuss how Linux and open source technology are actually being deployed in the IT infrastructure of major companies today, addressing key issues such as interoperability, enterprise applications, virtualization, innovation, cost savings and productivity gains.

Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), will kick off LinuxWorld Boston on April 4 at 9:00 a.m. with a compelling address titled, "The $100 Laptop." Dr. Negroponte, who is also Chairman of The Media Laboratory at MIT, first announced the $100 laptop at the World Economic Forum in January 2005. This new development, based on Linux, could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Hear Dr. Negroponte expound upon the far-reaching ramifications of this revolutionary computer.

"Some have questioned the logic of personal laptops and suggested that community computing centers are a better allocation of resources," said Dr. Negroponte. "Yet, one does not think of community pencils – kids have their own. They are tools to think with, sufficiently inexpensive to be used for work and play, drawing, writing, and mathematics. A computer can be the same, but far more powerful. The $100 laptop will be the first large-scale weapon in the fight against the digital divide, and a free Linux core makes it all possible."

Bob Gatewood, CTO, athenahealth, will deliver a keynote address titled, "Mission-critical Open Source in a High Growth Enterprise" on April 4 at 1:15 p.m. Gatewood will give details about the infrastructure and integration of open and proprietary systems, and will provide lessons the company has learned in its eight-year history. His address will be especially interesting to enterprises considering the adoption of open source systems, as well as open source vendors and integrators serving those enterprises. athenahealth has built a $60M company on a mix of open source and proprietary solutions, and is adding more to the open source mix every day.

Kevin Kettler, PhD, CTO of Dell Inc. will deliver a keynote address titled, " Virtualization and Linux: Anything but Traditional" on April 5 at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Kettler will discuss how virtualization is challenging traditional models of computing. He will also explore client virtualization opportunities that allow users to run multiple OS instances to improve productivity, provide secure Web browsing, and enhance digital entertainment. Dr. Kettler's discussion will build on his belief that open industry standards in enterprise and client computing will extend the role of Linux in the marketplace.

"From the desktop to the data center, users are realizing the potential of virtual environments to tackle complex business challenges around simplifying operations, improving utilization, and cost-effectively scaling," said Dr. Kettler.

Larry Augustin, Chairman, VA Software will moderate a CEO panel titled, "The Death of the Enterprise Software Business Model: How Startups are Leveraging Open Source to Change the Model" on April 5 at 1:15 p.m. Panelists include CEO's from SugarCRM, MySQL, JBoss and Zend. The panel will discuss how industry leading open source software startups are changing the rules of traditional Enterprise software with a more efficient model that saves their customers money and delivers better software.

"According to recent research by software analysts at Goldman-Sachs, Enterprise software companies spent 82% of new license revenues on sales & marketing in 2005, up from 66% in 2000," said Augustin. "Effectively, traditional Enterprise software companies are charging their customers to sell to them. At the same time, the profitable part of most software vendor's business today is now maintenance and support. What's wrong with this picture?"

Bill Hilf, Director of Platform Technology Strategy at Microsoft Corporation, will deliver a keynote address titled, "Interoperability: Dealing with the Diversity and Heterogeneity of Today's IT Marketplace" on April 6 at 9:00 a.m. In his address, Hilf will examine the challenges of making open source and proprietary software work together. Addressing one of the biggest pain points for customers today, Bill will outline how commercial and open source vendors are working together to solve interoperability hurdles. Hilf will walk through research and analysis from the Microsoft Linux and Open Source labs that address these issues.

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About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

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