LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit Set To Debut In February 2007, New York City

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 11, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, has announced that registration for the first-ever LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM) is now open. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. The conference is scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Attendees can register online at www.linuxworldsummit.com .

During this unique conference attendees will network with their peers and learn from their experiences – mistakes and successes – through revealing case studies. The conference will also feature in-depth technical presentations by leading Linux and open source experts, and a Solution Showcase where sponsors will display the latest Linux and open source products and technologies.

The new Summit evolved after recognizing a mandate from the industry for a targeted, high-level conference concentrating on vertical markets – financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, media and the public sector – as well as traditional technology markets within the industry. Attendees will experience multiple tracks addressing a full spectrum of best practices across key topics including:

— Security

— Network Management and Interoperability

— Applications and Best Practices

— Virtualization

— Desktop

— Legal

"We work closely with IDG to help shape the LinuxWorld events so they are valuable for attendees. We are confident that the LinuxWorld Summit will fulfill the need for a more focused Linux and open source conference in the New York market," said Monica Kumar, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle and LinuxWorld Advisory Board Member. "This conference will provide attendees with added opportunities to network and learn from the experiences of their peers, who are already using Linux and open source software within their organizations. Interacting and learning at this level should prove to be highly productive for attendees."

Registration for LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is now open and attendees can register at www.linuxworldsummit.com . Conference passes are available for $995 and Sponsor Showcase passes are available at no cost to qualified attendees.

About LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit www.linuxworldsummit.com . For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

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