LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Announces Finalists for Product Excellence Awards ; Winners to be announced next week in San Francisco

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 28, 2008 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today announced finalists for the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards, to be presented at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® next week in San Francisco. Judged by a group of respected industry experts managed by LinuxWorld.com, the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld® and NGDC exhibitors. Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the event on Tuesday, August 5(th) at 4:00 p.m. at Center Stage located in the North Hall.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs August 4-7, 2008 at the Moscone Center. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, August 5, at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before August 3, 2008 – passes cost $50.00 thereafter. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

This year’s LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards are divided into 12 product categories, including a “Best of Show,” that represent major areas of innovation in the Linux and open source community.

Finalists include:

Best Application Development Tool

* Ingres: Ingres CAFÉ (Consolidated Application Foundation for Eclipse)

* TWiki.net: Twiki OnDemand Enterprise

* Unicon Systems, Inc.: Pagasus Mobile Product Development Kit

Best Business Application

* xTuple: xTuple ERP 3.0

* Acquia: Drupal 6

* Concursive: ConcourseSuite 5.3

Best Clustering or Grid Solution

* IBM: iDataPlex

* Hyperic: CloudStatus

* DataSynapse: Fabric Server 2.6

Best Desktop Solution

* SugarCRM: Sugar Community Edition

* Canonical: Ubuntu Desktop Edition 8.04 LTS

Most Innovative Hardware Solution

* Violin Memory: Violin 1010 with 1 Million IOPS Linux Driver

* Unicon Systems, Inc.: Helios Digital Signage System

* Fusion-io: ioDrive

Best Integration Solution

* Openbravo: Openbravo Network

* ImageStream: Integration with PowerCode

* IPBrick International: IPBrick.GT

Best Messaging Solution

* Barracuda Networks: Barracuda Message Archiver 850

* Kerio technologies, Inc.: Kerio MailServer

* Unison Technologies: Unison(TM)

Best Mobility Solution

* Unicon Systems, Inc.: Hermes Mobile Platform

* Openmoko: Openmoko Neo Freerunner

Best Security Solution

* Astaro Internet Security: Astaro Security Gateway 7.2

* Barracuda Networks: Barracuda Web Site Firewall

* Trusted Computer Solutions: Security Blanket Enterprise

Best System Management Tool

* Opengear: SDT for Nagios

* Altinity: Opsview v2.12

* Hyperic: Hyperic HQ

Best Virtualization Solution

* Oracle: Oracle VM 2.1.1

* GoGrid: GoGrid