LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Announces $25,000 Scholarship Award and Show Favorites Awards to Further Support a Growing Industry

Framingham, Mass. — May 26, 1999 — Reflecting its support of the Linux community, IDG World Expo, a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s largest IT media and information services company, today announced its awards program which will not only recognize innovative Linux applications demonstrated on the show floor, but also provide financial assistance to promising Linux developers.

The first of the awards presented at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 9-12, 1999 at the San Jose Convention Center, is the IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award. This award, which is a $25,000 scholarship, was designed to encourage high school and undergraduate/graduate university students to pursue their education and future dreams in Linux. The award will be presented to the student who most effectively eases the use of the Linux operating system as demonstrated by the degree in which their program helps all levels of users. For more information please visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

The winner will be announced by Linus Torvalds immediately following Mr. Torvalds’ LinuxWorld Conference & Expo keynote evening address on Tuesday, August 10, 1999.

"We believe the future of Linux will be shaped by today’s young minds, and this award reflects our commitment to this community," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "There is simply no other show devoted to serving the advancement of the Linux community in this way. We are continually striving to offer programs that will not only encourage current users of Linux, but to also promote the significance and the advancements of Linux applications outside the Linux community."

In addition to the IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award, LinuxWorld Magazine will again sponsor the "Show Favorites Awards" to recognize the hottest and most innovative products and technologies introduced and demonstrated at the show. Unlike other industry awards, the Show Favorites are determined by show attendees who vote on the products they feel are the show’s most outstanding applications.

Throughout the first day of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the show floor and cast their votes at Web-based voting kiosks located on the show floor. Winners will be announced at noon, Wednesday, August 11, 1999 on the show floor. For a list of product categories and complete details, please visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

"The Show Favorites Awards recognize the groundbreaking ways today’s organizations are redefining Linux products and technology," said Nick Petreley, editorial director of LinuxWorld Magazine. "We recognize the close knit community that supports the advancement of Linux, so it’s fitting for the attendees to decide the Show Favorites. It is the attendees’ active participation in the award selection that makes this a special recognition for providers of Linux products and creates added excitement around each product award."

For More Information

For more award information or to register for the show, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call 800-657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Jim Donovan at 508-424-4824 or jim_donovan@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 700 book titles, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through http://www.idg.net, which comprises more than 240 target Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related exposition worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit IDG’s Web site at www.idg.com.