LinuxWorld Conference & Expo-Boston to Showcase Latest Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Business Value from Linux and Open Source Applications

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 27, 2006 – IDG World Expo today announced details of the conference program for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), which will take place April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The world-class program will feature in-depth conference sessions focused on Linux as well as the broader range of open source technologies. Led by recognized experts in their respective fields, the conference sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to see the latest developments across the entire Linux and open source marketplace, and learn how to capitalize on the business value of these fast-growing technologies.

"LinuxWorld Boston is now the premier event for discovering the newest trends and technologies in the open source market. With the expanded scope of our Boston conference, attendees will gain deep insight into the strategy, design, deployment and business benefits of Linux and open source applications, enabling them to be better equipped as they put these technologies to use," said David Korse, president & CEO, IDG World Expo. "By hearing from industry leaders and taking part in educational sessions and training, attendees will walk away armed with a better understanding of important topics such as security, interoperability, applications development, virtualization, grid technology and more."

The LinuxWorld conference boasts speakers from leading companies including IBM, MontaVista Software, Black Duck Software, and Novell to cover critical topics including:

— Kernel and Driver Development: Delve into the nuts and bolts of increasing Linux performance, finetuning its networking code, and enhancing its use of devices.

— Linux on the Desktop: Hear about the latest uses for desktop Linux and how new open source applications are making Linux a viable desktop operating system.

— Managing Mixed Environments: Hear real-world tales from experts of how the heterogeneous challenge was met from large-scale system management to the small business workgroup.

— Mobile and Embedded Linux: Learn about the latest initiatives for Linux and small devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

In addition to the conference sessions offered as part of the LinuxWorld program, the new OpenSolutions World(TM) conference will extend the program to include sessions focused on the broader range of open source technologies. The OpenSolutions World conference will feature speakers from leading companies such as IBM, SugarCRM, Tarantella, and Lulu, and will cover topics including:

— Dynamic IT: Cluster, Grid, Virtualization: Learn how the technology behind clusters, grids and virtualization are being combined to form new applications that were not possible just a few years ago.

— Emerging Technologies: Gain an inside view into what will land in the enterprise over the next few years.

— Open Source Applications: See how Open Source is moving up the software stack from infrastructure to enterprise applications such as CRM, document management, ERP and business intelligence.

— Open Source Enterprise Development: Hear the debate surrounding the strengths and weaknesses of the many technology choices developers face, ranging from J2EE-based application servers and recent upgrades in the LAMP stack, to the Mono project and Ajax.

— Security: Learn from the finest open source security gurus about the ins and outs of locking down your private data.

— The Business of Open Source Adoption: Hear the inside perspectives from technologists who have adopted an open source strategy for their business.

"With the addition of OpenSolutions World, we are expanding LinuxWorld's reach into the enterprise, while still embracing the Linux kernel and the projects that are the heart of LinuxWorld," said Melinda Kendall, Brand Vice President, IDG World Expo. "As a result, attendees will gain an even greater value and a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of open source technologies."

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.linuxworldexpo.com .

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world's most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more 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 Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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