LinuxWorld Offers “A Taste Of Linux” To Those New To Open Source

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 8, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today the launch of a brand-new series of introductory-level classes called "A Taste of Linux" at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Sessions will help attendees understand the basics of Linux, as well as how the OS can be deployed effectively and efficiently to allow companies to minimize downtime, increase application flexibility, and save money. A Taste of Linux is open to all attendees at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, taking place at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, January 29 – February 1, 2002.


"As Linux enters the mainstream, we are finding greater demand for an educational program that offers introductory-level courses," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "More and more attendees are coming to the show curious to learn more about how Linux can help their business save money. A Taste of Linux is perfect for those considering Linux or Open Source solutions for their company."

"As the number of companies choosing to migrate from proprietary computing platforms to more flexible, cost effective Linux alternatives continues to grow, it's important that information on the process and benefits of migration be readily available," said Mark de Visser, vice president, marketing, Red Hat. "LinuxWorld's 'A Taste of Linux' series is a perfect forum to get the message out about the benefits of choosing Linux."

IDG World Expo designed these introductory sessions for attendees who have recently begun using Linux, or are considering making the switch to the OS. Taught by experts in the Open Source community, A Taste of Linux sessions will cover the history of Linux, its ideology and community, Unix to Linux migration, Linux User Groups (LUGs), the enterprise capabilities of Linux, and the basics of Linux Standard Base.

Classes will include:

Linux 101

Chris DiBona, OSDN

Linux 101 offers a basic introduction to the OS, including how it began and the ideas behind its creation. Attendees will also learn how Linux can be used effectively in business.

Unix to Linux Migration

Michael Tiemann, chief technology officer, Red Hat, Inc.

This session will address ways that Linux can be used to efficiently and effectively replace Solaris in an enterprise environment. Attendees will learn comprehensive strategies for a Solaris to Linux migration.

All About LUGs

Jessica Sheffield, community liason

This session will look at Linux User Groups (LUGs) and their role in the Linux community. Attendees will hear LUG success stories, as well as learn how to get a LUG started and coordinate events.

Linux for the Enterprise

Tim Witham, lab director, OSDL

Witham will discuss the enterprise capabilities of Linux, as well as its readiness for mission-critical applications. Attendees will discover how their company can benefit from implementing Linux and Open Source solutions.

The LSB: Building an Easier Life for Everyone

Stuart Anderson, LSB written specification lead architect, Free Standards Group

M. Drew Streib, community development manager, Free Standards Group

This session explores the benefits of Linux Standard Base (LSB) as a stable platform for the development of applications. Attendees will leave with a general understanding of how the LSB improves the user experience, and what steps are necessary to make this process work.

A Taste of Linux will be located on the show floor, and is open to all registered attendees. To register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Web site at

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 Frank Netherwood (A-Ib) at (508) 424-4860 or or Beverly Griffith (Ic-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. 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 COMNET Wireless Conference & Expo – both of which feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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