LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Showcases The Adoption Of Open Source In The Enterprise

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 14, 2001 – From the exhibit floor to public announcements to one-on-one interactions, all indications pointed to the maturity of the Linux operating system at IDG World Expo's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on August 26-30, 2001. Attracting more than 18,000 attendees and 180 exhibitors, the show's success demonstrated a growing popularity and demand for all things Linux, and marked a shift from what was once considered a meeting place for "hackers" to a mature marketplace for businesses both emerging and global.


Linux enthusiasts, show exhibitors, media and expert speakers from all over the world converged at the Moscone Center to learn about the latest developments in this growing industry. According to recent research from IDC, the Linux market is projected to grow at a 17.9 percent compound annual growth rate between the years 2000 and 2005.

"The continued success of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo speaks not only to the increased recognition of Linux as a respected technology platform, but also to our ongoing refinement of targeted and compelling show content, " said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "In addition, the participation of well known exhibitors such as IBM and Intel give clear indication that Linux has really reached the mainstream by providing solutions for businesses of all sizes."

The opening keynote address was delivered by Shane Robison, CTO and senior vice president of Compaq Computer Corporation, on the use of Linux throughout the enterprise. Compaq also made news from the exposition floor with the announcement of the availability of its Linux and Tru64 UNIX Portability Kit.

Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig's energetic keynote offered tremendous insight into the battle of old vs. new technology innovations, as well as the legal ramifications of this battle, calling upon audience members to fight to keep open source computing truly open. In addition, Ed Leonard, head of technology for DreamWorks Animation, delivered a compelling feature presentation on the use of in-house custom Linux applications in feature film development, and Red Hat President and CEO Matthew Szulik spoke to the importance of recognizing the business, social and cultural effects of open source.

Each day of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo featured breaking news in all areas of Linux development. In addition to sponsoring the Application Showcase, which highlighted the latest advancements in application development and enterprise deployment running on the Linux operating system, IBM conducted a virtual event that extended the reach of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to an online audience of developers across North America.

The event allowed 100 participants to "attend" LinuxWorld San Francisco via the web. Through an audience advocate, connected to the internet via a wireless wearable PC, IBM provided the audience with TV-style broadcasting while also allowing participants to pose questions to the show floor and receive answers in real time.

"As the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to Linux and open source, LinuxWorld was the perfect venue to debut this virtual event experiment," said Ross Mauri, vice president, Server Development, IBM Server Group.

Borland Software Corporation ( took advantage of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo crowds to unveil the company's strategy to provide Web Services Support for the Linux operating system. On the heels of the company's successful launch of Kylix earlier this year, Web Services aims to fill the needs of enterprises looking to expand their Web capabilities even further through their Linux platforms.

"The growing momentum of Linux as a mainstream, mission-critical operating system was on full display at LinuxWorld," said Alison Deane, senior director of product marketing for Borland. "Since the release of Borlandâ Kylixä earlier this year, we have seen tremendous interest in our Linux Rapid Application Development tool for quickly building high performance native Linux applications. LinuxWorld was a great show for Borland to unveil our Web Services strategy for Linux, and distribute more than 5000 copies of our products."

San Francisco-based MontaVista didn't have to travel far to introduce the High Availability Framework for Hard Hat Linux 2.0, its standards-based, open architecture software platform. In addition, open source desktop company Ximian ( made several announcements at the show, including the launch of its new Red Carpet services, which aim to simplify Linux and UNIX software updating and management. The Boston-based company kept the crowds coming to its eye-catching jungle themed booth, complete with a straw hut and palm trees. HancomLinux, recently announcing its expansion from Korea into the U.S., previewed HancomOffice 2.0, due in November 2001, which will feature enhanced versions of the existing HancomOffice suite which aims to serve as the next generation of "intelligent" office applications.

To round out the conference and expo offerings, LinuxWorld also welcomed newcomer A.L.I.C.E., the only bot technology represented at the show. Supported and developed by the A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation, a free software community of over 350 members worldwide, Alicebot's "brain" has already grown to contain over 40,000 units of "knowledge." Dr. Richard Wallace, creator of the bot's technology, cites openness as they key to A.L.I.C.E.'s success and uses an automated feedback system to identify the information gaps in Alice's brain.

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo – the world's largest gathering of the open source community – is scheduled for January 29 – February 1, 2002 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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