LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Names Finalists for Product Excellence Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 7, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today announced finalists for the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards, to be presented at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) next week. Presented in conjunction with LinuxWorld Magazine, the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors. Winners will be announced in a ceremony held on the main stage of the LinuxWorld exhibit hall on Tuesday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs February 14-17, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before February 13, 2005 – passes cost $35.00 after February 13, 2005. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

The LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards are divided into 14 product categories, representing major areas of innovation in the Linux and Open Source community. The judges will also select one product or service that represents a major step forward for Linux in the marketplace as "Best of Show."

Finalists include:

Best Data Backup or Storage Solution

Computer Associates: BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1 for Linux

Radiant Data Corporation: PeerFS

BakBone Software, Inc: NetVault

Storix: Storix System Backup Administrator

Best Open Source Solution

KDE: KDE 3.3

Mambo: Mambo 4.5.1a

Novell: Linux Desktop 9

Best Integration Solution

Versora: Progression Desktop

Novell: Novell exteNd Suite 5.2

Alacos: Linux Migration Agent Network Server Edition

Best Database Solution

Computer Associates: Ingres

Versora: Progression DB

IBM: IBM DB2 Integrated Cluster Environment

Best Security Solution

IBM: Homeland Security with IBM eServer xSeries running Tarantella

Secure

Global Desktop Enterprise Edition

Sophos: PureMessage

ConfigureSoft: Enterprise Configuration Manager for Linux

Novell: Novell Nsure

Best Desktop/Productivity/Business Application

Kirix Corporation: Kirix Strata

Sun Microsystems: StarOffice 8 and Migration Tools

Best Utility/Grid Computing Solution

Corente: Corente Applications Without Boundaries

Virtual Iron Software: Virtual Iron VFe

Radiant Data Corporation: PeerFS

Best Server

Rackable Systems: Rackable Systems C4002 4-Way Operation Solution

Digi International: Digi CM

Best Messaging Solution

KDE: Kopete Instant Messaging Client

Novell: Novell Integrated Collaboration Solution : Novell GroupWise,

Novell GroupWise Messenger, Novell Evolution, and Gaim

Scalix: Scalix 9.2