LinuxWorld Conference & Expo To Offer Free Training And Testing For Linux Certification

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 17, 2000 – IDG World Expo today announced that free "Boot Camps" and testing for Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level will be offered for the first time at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 14-17, 2000 in San Jose, CA. With a value of $5,100, the Boot Camps and testing are available free to LinuxWorld Conference attendees who register by July 14. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premiere event for developers, administrators, investors and enthusiasts of the Linux operating system.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, renowned as the primary industry showcase for innovations and first hand company breakthroughs demanded by savvy fans of the Linux operating system, now increases the benefits of attending the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo by offering training for Administrator Level Linux

Certification.

"We're continuing to build the premier event for the Linux community," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "The free certification

program is a great example of how we're further enhancing the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo experience for conference attendees."

Registrants of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo taking advantage of this opportunity will experience a number of benefits including:

– Enhanced employment opportunities

– Confirmation of specialized, upper level skills

– A pathway towards higher salaries

– Heightened job security

– Access to the Sair online resource locator for employment

referrals

"Sair Linux and GNU certification methods have helped us to become the world's best and most highly recognized certification program for free, open

source software," said Tobin Maginnis, president, Sair. " With the growing popularity of the Linux operating system, we are thrilled to partner with the

leading Linux event, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, to offer attendees the opportunity to take advantage of the most comprehensive form of testing in the

Linux Certification area."

Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level testing consists of four system usage areas comprised of Linux installation, system

administration, network connectivity and security, and privacy and ethics.

Prior to testing each day, a Boot Camp geared towards each specific area of Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level certification will be

held. These Boot Camps are mandatory pre-requisites for each layer of Linux certification testing and provide the relevant information needed by attendees

planning on earning their Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level certification.

At the completion of each Boot Camp, a test will be administered to participating attendees based upon the information presented in that days Boot

Camp.

Attendees interested in earning certification can pre-register online for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Conference program. Attendees can also

register via form found in the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo brochure. Registration deadline for Boot Camps and certification testing is July 14. The

program will run for four days during the conference week.

Boot Camps and testing are available on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. Registrants who sign up for the program will receive an

e-mail confirming registration one week prior to the show.

For More Information

For more information about Linux Certification or to register for the show, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or

call 800-657-1474.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the

leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling

technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld

Conference & Expo, ComNet, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, MACWORLD Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and

newspapers And 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net

(http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions

worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.