Leading Executives From Dell, HP and Caldera to Deliver Keynote Speeches On Alternatives to Windows at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 14, 2000 – IDG World Expo today announced its line-up of keynote speakers and feature presentations for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 14-17, 2000 at the San Jose Convention Center. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event for supporters, investors and enthusiasts of the Linux operating system. Headlining the San Jose event is Michael Dell, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Dell Computer Corp. Dell will provide insight into the latest innovations for the fastest growing operating system on the market in his keynote speech, Tuesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. IDG World Expo CEO and President, Charlie Greco and Linux creator Linus Torvalds will present the $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award to an outstanding member of the open source community immediately following Mr. Dell’s keynote.


"This summer, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is making its third appearance in San Jose, the great center of Linux aficionados," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Keeping with our tradition of providing the best, most notable line-up of world class speakers, we’re delighted to announce that Michael Dell will open the event this year. Our stellar lineup of speakers and presenters are an important element of what makes LinuxWorld Conference & Expo the leading event of its kind in the world."

"The rapidly changing nature of the software industry and the recent Microsoft decision are dramatic evidence of the need for a real-time forum such as LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to serve as a platform for discussion and analysis on this fast-growing, alternative enterprise operating system," added Greco.

Other keynote addresses at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo include: Linux and the Chasm – Where are We? presented by Ransom Love, president and chief executive officer of Caldera Systems, Inc., on Wednesday, August 16, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Joel Birnbaum, chief scientist, Hewlett-Packard Company, will present Linux Evolution: IA64, E-services, and Beyond on Wednesday, August 16, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

IDG World Expo also announced the world’s first "Linux Geek Bowl" as a feature presentation at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Nicholas Petreley, contributing editor to LinuxWorld and InfoWorld magazines will host the feature presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. In this live quiz show style contest, two teams comprised of the most notable open source personalities will square off to match wits in a Linux trivia showdown.

Patricia Sabga, co-anchor of The N.E.W. Show ("The New Economy Watch") on CNNfn, will host an "Executive Roundtable" feature presentation on Tuesday, August 15, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Panelists including Larry Augustin, CEO, VA Linux Systems; Patricia Lambs, CEO, Linuxcare; Ransom Love, CEO, Caldera Systems; Cliff Miller, CEO, TurboLinux; Volker Wiegand, CEO, SuSE, Inc.; and Bob Young, chairman, Red Hat will confront today’s hottest issues in the Linux industry.

To date, over 40,000 visitors have attended the LinuxWorld shows in the U.S. alone. A survey of attendees indicates that nine out of ten attendees are interested in purchasing a variety of Linux tools and services and seven out of ten are interested in purchasing servers/infrastructures. The top products and services for purchase include: computer components (57%); software development tools (42%); office systems (42%); Web servers (42%); communications/networking products (41%); Internet/intranet services (38%); and mail servers (38%).

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event of the Linux community. It attracts professionals from areas ranging from engineering and research and development, Internet and Web development to corporate and information technology management.

In addition to keynote speeches and feature presentations, the conference program offers 14 tutorials and nearly 50 sessions on a variety of Linux topics. The conferences have steadily grown in popularity since the first Conference & Expo held in San Jose in March 1999. Pre-registration for conference attendees for the August 2000 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is up nearly 40 percent from the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo held in San Jose just one year ago.

For More Information

For more information about keynote addresses and feature presentations, or to register for the show, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call 800-657-1474.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, ComNet, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MACWORLD Conference & Expo and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

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