LinuxWorld Partners with BDMetrics to Deliver ”LinuxWorld Connex” Relationship Technology for August Event in San Francisco

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 6, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced it is partnering with technology software developer BDMetrics to launch "LinuxWorld Connex," a personalized web-based relationship technology tool that greatly improves the tradeshow experience for LinuxWorld attendees. LinuxWorld Connex is now available to support LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, August 8-11 at Moscone Center West.

The LinuxWorld Connex software tool intelligently mines through the LinuxWorld database of people, products, companies and conference sessions, and generates a custom report tailored to the attendees' needs and interests. LinuxWorld Connex allows attendees to make the maximum use of their time while at LinuxWorld.

After attendees register with LinuxWorld Connex, they will receive an email with a personalized report detailing people they should meet, companies they should visit and conference sessions they should attend – all based on the preference each attendee outlines when they register. This report will be updated as the show date approaches.

"LinuxWorld Connex will deliver focused, relevant information to all of our attendees based on their business needs and preferences," said Warwick Davies, group vice president, IDG World Expo. "LinuxWorld Connex will make the process of finding the right information and connecting with the right people easier for our attendees, making the ROI of visiting LinuxWorld even more evident."

LinuxWorld Connex utilizes BDMetrics' You-Based(TM) relationship technology which continually matches the interests of an attendee to the event content. BDMetrics President and CEO Rick Geritz said, "IDG World Expo is a consistent innovator, seeking ways to further enhance the value received from attending LinuxWorld. The creation of LinuxWorld Connex with IDG World Expo makes LinuxWorld San Francisco the most valuable and efficient four days of the year."

A LinuxWorld Connex portal will be automatically generated for registered LinuxWorld attendees, and login information will be automatically sent to attendees via email prior to the event. Registrants will also automatically receive You-Based intelligent matches via email that give custom recommendations of people, products and sessions they should see – based on their personalized preferences.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit http://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 http://www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood at (508) 424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://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. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About BDMetrics

BDMetrics (http://www.bdmetrics.com) is a privately held relationship analytics company based in Baltimore, MD.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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