LinuxWorld Delivers New Products, Active Business Environment and Increased Attendance

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 20, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2002 increased by 12 percent over last year. At LinuxWorld 20,070 attendees networked, gauged innovative solutions first-hand for their ability to solve real business issues and heard from technology luminaries during an action-packed week.

 

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions, took place August 12-15 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Keynote speakers addressing capacity audiences included Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems; Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO, Oracle Corporation; Sergey Brin, co-founder and president, technology, Google, Inc.; and Douglas T. Elix, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Global Services.

"The turnout at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo exceeded our expectations, especially considering the still-challenging economic environment and the overall trend in declining tradeshow attendance," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Conference sessions were very well-attended, and the show floor was busy from opening right up to closing. We're thrilled about the excellent peer networking that went on last week, and as Linux continues to grow we're sure exhibitors and attendees will notice increasing ROI from their participation in LinuxWorld."

"We have been an exhibitor at LinuxWorld for several years and each show is better than the last," said Jim Zemlin, vice president of marketing for Covalent. "At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2002, we met with more serious buyers than in the past. In addition, we were able to meet with existing customers to reconnect and introduce them to new products."

IDG World Expo's LinuxWorld attendee demographics show that 35 percent of attendees have IT budgets of $500,000 or more, a number which continues to rise year-on-year.

"With demos of Sistina's Global File System in our booth as well as HP's, we found foot traffic to be quite strong at this year's LinuxWorld. Sistina was first to market with a clustered file system for Linux, and this show remains an important venue for us to meet with partners and prospects, especially as enterprises search to find affordable and reliable ways to share data across organizations," said Joaquin Ruiz, vice president of marketing and product management at Sistina Software.

During LinuxWorld, many of the 150 exhibiting companies rolled out new products, including 3ware, AMD, Borland, Codehost, Cyclades Corporation, HP, LTrix Engineering, Penguin Computing, Red Hat, SlickEdit, Sun Microsystems and Trolltech, among others. Show highlights include:

Sun Microsystems introduced its entry-level server, the LX50, which will ship with Linux and Solaris 9. In his keynote, McNealy intimated that Sun is gearing up to propose an alternative desktop software and hardware platform based on Open Source technology next month.

During his keynote, Ellison announced that Oracle would open its source code to the Linux community for a cluster file system that helps Oracle9i Real Application Clusters (RAC) customers simplify their clustered database systems. Oracle markets RAC as the "Unbreakable" portion of its software.

Google uses Linux as a key enabler for its business. Brin told the audience that Google deployed its applications on 15,000 computers that handle an index in excess of 3 billion documents and more than 150 million daily searches.

IBM underscored its longstanding dedication to the Linux community and cited IBM Global Services customers who are increasingly using Linux in large IT deployments. Elix cited the main reasons for increased adoption of Linux in the enterprise as flexibility, cost-effectiveness, attractiveness for next-generation developments and significance in new computing models, including grid computing.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco featured an international theme throughout the exhibit floor and educational content. The new Linux Around the World series highlighted the progress Open Source technologies are making in regions such as Africa, Asia, India and South America. LinuxWorld also featured a larger-than-ever Rookery, the event's headquarters for new, up-and-coming companies and first-time exhibitors with 28 exhibitors from over 12 countries.

Several key industry luminaries, like Ximian's Miguel de Icaza, IBM's Daniel Frye, OSDL's Tim Witham, and Bastille Linux's Jay Beale, led discussions in the conference program. In mostly jam-packed sessions, attendees learned the latest security updates, how to build Web services on Linux, kernel advancements, initiatives directed in the government, and updates on projects like Mono, Apache, Beowulf Clusters and the Datacenter. Even Linux creator Linus Torvalds, arriving late to a session, had trouble getting in because the room was too crowded.

UniForum and IDG World Expo presented the Open Source Product Excellence Awards to exhibitors showcasing the event's most innovative products and services on the show floor. Winning companies included Borland, Codeweavers, Computer Associates, Cylant, eOn, HP, IBM and Trolltech.

The Free Standards Group announced that three leading Linux distributions MandrakeSoft S.A., Red Hat, and SuSE Linux AG have become Linux Standard Base (LSB) Certified. LSB Certification verifies adherence to the community and industry developed standard for both Linux distributions and Linux-based applications.

"LSB Certification by the major Linux distributions is a true Linux milestone. Making such a major announcement at an event other than LinuxWorld would be foolish," said Scott McNeil, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "LinuxWorld is the must-attend for anyone involved in the Linux market and Open Source development."

Attendees enjoyed an hour of trivia and entertainment as the Golden Penguin Bowl pitted the Geeks against the Nerds. Host Chris DiBona of the Open Source Development Network (OSDN) kept a rapid pace, and the Geek team emerged victorious after three rounds. During the last round, new LinuxWorld mascot Penelope the penguin (a friend of Tux) cheered on both teams and showed off a few dance steps.

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo takes place January 21-24, 2003 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. LinuxWorld returns to San Francisco August 4-7, 2003. For registration information or to exhibit at LinuxWorld, visit www.linuxworldexpo.com.

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 www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood (A-K) at (508) 424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com or John Yurewicz (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or John_Yurewicz@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) 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, COMNET Conference & Expo and Integrated Security Conference & Expo. 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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