LinuxWorld Conference & Expo from October 30 to November 1, 2001

MUNICH – SEPTEMBER 17, 2001 – This year, the Linux-World Conference & Expo will be held at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Center from October 30 to November 1. This is the European information event for IT-deciders and Linux specialists. Prominent speakers like Linus Torvalds, Bob Young or Jon "maddog" Hall already attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year. This year's program will once again include top-flight speakers from the world of politics and business.


Visitors to the trade fair can register free-of-charge via the Internet on until October 22. There is an on-the-spot charge for admission to the trade fair of DM 25, which includes the keynotes as well as informal discussion sessions with manufacturers like IBM, Tuxia or ArsDigita ("birds-of-a-feather" sessions).

For three days everything will be focused on the practice-oriented applications and solutions offered by Linux and open source technologies in the B2B segment. The high-caliber conference program of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will cover the entire spectrum of Linux-specific topics and will include everything from network security through embedded systems to Linux on the desktop and eBusiness applications. The conference provides an overview of the current development status of Linux and open source-software. Participants will be provided with approaches showing them how the software can be used to design business processes more efficiently.

The event will open on October 30 with four keynotes. Erich Clementi from IBM and Dirk Hohndel and Jörg Tauss from the parliamentary SPD group will describe new eBusiness applications with Linux, its use in a professional envi-ronment and the reasons why secure infrastractures have to be based on open source. The final keynote will be held by Margareta Wolf, permanent secretary and commissioner for small and medium-sized businesses in the Federal Min-istry for Industry and Technology.

This will be followed by talks on various ways of using and developing Linux. User reports from the Oldenburgische Landesbank and Siemens SBS will document and consolidate previously acquired information and impressions. Various problems and their solutions will be illustrated by means of examples taken from real projects.

Bob Young, Red Hat, will open the second day with his keynote. He will be explaining just how important developments in the open source segment are for the future of the competitively oriented western world. Martin Fink, Hew-lett Packard, will follow this with his explanations on the use of Linux in companies. Further topics of the day include effective and low-cost network management by Shane O'Donnel,, the connection between Linux or open source applications and successful companies by Don Rosenberg (Stromian Technologies), and embedded Linux and networking. Possible solutions to various problems will be discussed jointly in two birds-of-a-feather sessions.

The conference will end on November 1 with keynotes by Larry Augustin, VA Linux Systems, Miguel de Icaza, Ximian, and a panel discussion on the topic of open source. The program will be rounded off by five tutorials providing high-quality information. Don Rosenberg, President of Stromian Technologies, will introduce interested participants to the open source world. Lukas Grunwald, DN-Systems Hildesheim, will provide a practical example of how it is possible to build up a security infrastructure based on freely available open router distribution. Other speakers will provide help in the selection of the right tools and advice for setting up thin clients or suitable network management and will give step-by-step instructions on how to set up a firewall.

Participation in the conference costs DM 600 for the superpass (2 days of con-ference + tutorials), DM 400 for the two-day conference and DM 200 for the one-day conference ticket, as well as the tutorials. The DM 25 admission to the fair includes the high-caliber keynotes and birds-of-a-feather Sessions.

The organizer, IDG World Expo, is expecting around 500 congress partici-pants and more than 12,000 trade visitors. Approx. 100 renowned providers including AMD, CSB-Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Siemens, SuSE, T-Systems, Tuxia, Channel One will provide authoritative and extensive infor-mation on the use of Linux and open source software in companies and gov-ernment agencies at their trade-fair stands.

The European Banking Technology Fair will be held at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Center parallel to the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2001. The admission ticket to one fair is also valid for the other event.

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Information on IDG World Expo

As the organizer, the IDG World Expo guarantees the success of the Linux-World Conference & Expo. A subsidiary of the world's largest specialized publishing house, IDG organizes 168 successful trade fairs and congresses throughout the world.

IDG operates branches in 78 countries and has a workforce of more than 9,000 worldwide. In Germany, the following publishers belong to this company: Computerwoche Verlag, IDG Magazine Verlag, IDG Entertainment Verlag, IDG Interactive, IDG WebTech as well as the market-research company IDC Central Europe. Among other titles, these companies publish the specialized magazines Computerwoche, ComputerPartner, NetworkWorld, Macwelt, PC-Welt and GameStar.