LinuxWorld Attendees to Tour “Around the World” With Linux’ On-Floor Presentations Will Showcase How Linux and Open Source Makes a Difference Internationally

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 4, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees will learn about the use of Linux and Open Source internationally in a new series of show floor presentations called "Linux Around the World." Developed in conjunction with Linux International, these presentations will describe a variety of special projects that use Linux and Open Source to bring computers and technology to developing and rural areas around the world.


Linux Around the World is open to all attendees at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, taking place August 12-15, 2002 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. LinuxWorld is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions.

The series will feature nine sessions led by academicians and business innovators that describe how Linux and Open Source technologies are being used as a low-cost alternative to proprietary products and software in the developing world. Attendees will learn about projects that have made computers and the Internet available in schools, training centers, community access centers and corporations in developing countries and rural areas.

"Those of us in the IT industry often take technology for granted, not realizing that so many of the world's residents have never even seen a computer," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "Linux and Open Source are making affordable computing a reality for developing and rural geographies. This is the spirit of Open Source at its finest, and we felt it was important to tell this story at LinuxWorld."

All Linux Around the World sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 14th at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Topics and speakers include:

The Open Knowledge Network – Bringing the Information Society to the Developing World, presented by Peter Armstrong, founder and director of OneWorld International

Engineering the Hardware Barrier: The Community Computer – Affordable Computing through Open Source, presented by Eric Rueda, software product manager at Hewlett-Packard Company

The VolksComputer Project: The Latest and Greatest at Low Cost, presented by Professor Sergio Campos of Brazil's Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Overcoming Traditional Obstacles: Linux as a Rural Desktop, presented by Professor Hema Murthy of India's IIT-Madras, TeNet Group

Simputers in the Rural Environment – Our Experience with Micro-banking and Other Initiatives, presented by Vinay Deshpande, CEO of Encore

Linux for Communication in Brazilian Education, presented by Marcos Vinicus Ferreira Mazoni, CEO of PROCERGS

Open Source University Administration, presented by Cesar Brod, technology consultant at Brazil's UNIVATES/Brod Tecnologia

Commercial Uses of Linux in Brazil, presented by Sandro Nunes Henrique, president of Conectiva S.A.

Free and Open Access, presented by Liz Loveland and Chloe Puett of Kite, Inc.

For complete session descriptions or to register for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, visit

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