LinuxWorld Conference Program To Deliver Valuable ROI To Users Of Open Source

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 3, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will provide more practical advice and instruction than ever to help users maximize constricted IT budgets and implement new solutions in record time. In a full session schedule, conference faculty comprised of industry luminaries will offer their valuable insight on the most significant issues facing Linux and Open Source at LinuxWorld, January 29 – February 1, 2002 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


LinuxWorld conference attendees will learn how to save money and time with Open Source solutions, and gather information about new and yet-to-be-released products. In the LinuxWorld conference program, the community's most respected authorities will address hot topics such as embedded Linux, security, legal issues and Linux in the enterprise. Conference session speakers will include Eric Raymond, Linux and Open Source evangelist; Bruce Perens, senior strategist for Linux and Open Source, Hewlett-Packard Company and primary author of "The Open Source Definition"; and Miguel de Icaza, CTO, Ximian, Inc.

"LinuxWorld is the industry's leading Linux-oriented trade show," said Raymond. "Be there – everyone else will!"

IDG World Expo designed the conference program to address issues of utmost importance to today's Open Source users, with more than 70 tutorials and conference sessions divided among ten conference tracks. Track topics include system administration, digital creations and graphical interfaces, user interface, business/legal issues, Internet hosting/networking, kernal/cluster, standards, languages and embedded Linux.

Conference attendees will learn valuable lessons in sessions such as:

DRAG.NET – A Windows-to-Linux Migration Case Study and Vaudeville Routine, featuring Raymond, Rob Landley, Rick Moen and Catherine Raymond, which will take a look at Linux on the desktop and the issues involved in migrating non-technical users to a complete set of productivity tools. In a style that celebrates famously cheesy 1950's television, the session will investigate ways to resolve these issues. This session will take place Thursday, January 31st at 4:00 pm.

A World of Constraint, presented by Perens, which will uncover ways that computer systems are used to place constraints on our freedoms. Specifically, Perens will take a closer look at the "protected boot," a digital rights management strategy that will prevent Open Source software from running on new consumer equipment. This session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30th at 11:00 am.

Linux at the Major Film Studios, also presented by Perens, which will explore how Linux is used in major film studios such as Pixar and DreamWorks, as well as how Linux fits into the production flow of computer graphic animation. Attendees will learn more about this highly visible, real-world application of Linux, and how Linux has performed in an uncompromising, deadline-driven environment. This session will take place Wednesday, January 30th at 4:00 pm.

Mono, presented by de Icaza, which will address issues presented by the controversial Mono project, an effort to replicate chunks of Microsoft's .Net infrastructure under a free license. Attendees will learn about the importance of standards, the elegance of C#, why an integrated infrastructure is vital, and how code sharing can bring greater reliability and robustness across the Unix world. This session is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st at 2:30 pm.

"We have really worked hard to make sure LinuxWorld's conference program offers maximum educational value and return on investment," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development, IDG World Expo. "At the same time, we have a special responsibility to the community to ensure that the show is a celebration of the passionate, enthusiastic spirit of Open Source. With so many industry luminaries on hand for the upcoming show, the conference program will not disappoint."

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About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions. As the world's most comprehensive marketplace for Open Source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and Open Source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Colin Brown (A-Ib) at (508) 424-4851 or or Beverly Griffith (Ic-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its 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 Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

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