LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Names Finalists for Product Excellence Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 1, 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 in San Francisco. Judged by a group of respected industry experts managed by LinuxWorld Magazine, the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the event on Tuesday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs August 8-11, 2005 at Moscone Center West. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before August 7, 2005 – passes cost $35.00 thereafter. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

The LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards are divided into 13 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 Security Solution

— Astaro: Astaro Security Linux / Astaro Security Gateway

— Kaspersky Lab: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Version 5.5 for Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD Mail Server/File Server/Workstation

— Novell: Novell Security Suite

— Red Hat: Red Hat Directory Server

— Sun Wah Linux Limited: Sun Wah Linux RAYS SS

Most Innovative Hardware Solution

— AMD: AMD Dual Core Opteron Processors

— BlackDog: BlackDog

— EmperorLinux, Inc.: Emperor Linux Toucan T43 Linux Laptop

— Levanta: Levanta Intrepid

Best Servers

— Aberdeen LLC: Aberdeen Stonehaven A261

— Rackable Systems: Rackable Systems C2002

— IBM: IBM eServer xSeries 366

— Unisys Corporation: ES7000 Real-Time Capacity Series

— Sun Microsystems: The Dual-core Sun Fire(TM) V40z Server

Best Integration Solution

— LTSP: Linux Terminal Server Project

— Win4Lin, Inc: Win4Lin Pro 1.0

— Versora: Versora Progression Desktop

— Resolvo Systems Pte Ltd: Resolvo MoveOver Enterprise Edition

— Novacoast, Inc: Asterisk RD

Best Data Backup or Storage Solution

— Appro: Appro AR3015 NAS

— BakBone Software: Netvault 7.3

— Coraid, Inc: SATA+RAID EtherDrive Storage Appliance

— Portlock: Portlock Storage Manager

— Storix, Inc: System Backup Administrator for Linux

Best Database Solution

— Enterprise DB Corporation: Enterprise DB 2005

— IBM: DB2 8.2.2 Optimized for SAP

— MySQL: MySQL Network

— Oracle: Oracle DB 10g Release 2

Best Open Source Solution

— Mozilla Foundation: Firefox 1.0.5

— Linux Terminal Server Project: Linux Terminal Server Project

— Mambo: Mambo

— IBM: Derby 10.1