LinuxWorld Partners with Untangle on Global Installfest for Schools
FRAMINGHAM, MA – May 27, 2008 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, has announced it will partner with Untangle, a pioneer in open source network gateway platforms, to host an Installfest for Schools at this year’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Installfest is an event that drives the refurbishment of older, discarded computers, with Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) and then donates the restored computers to schools in need. LinuxWorld is scheduled to take place August 4-7, 2008 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
“LinuxWorld® is the ideal place to host Installfest for Schools,” said Andrew Fife, Product Marketing Manager, Untangle. “We were able to draw 130 volunteers who refurbished hundreds of computers at our last Installfest, so with more than 10,000 geeks attending LinuxWorld, I can only imagine how many more volunteers we’ll draw and how many more computers we’ll be able to donate. It’s going to be an extremely exciting event.”
Building on the success of the first Installfest for Schools, which refurbished 350 computers with Ubuntu 7.10 for schools in March of 2008, the LinuxWorld event will have local and global components. Work stations will be setup on the show floor for LinuxWorld attendees to participate by hacking older hardware and installing the operating systems. In addition, LinuxWorld will host a collection site by the Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC) to collect old computers donated by LinuxWorld attendees. The Installfest will go global by posting the scripts, ISO images, tips and collateral online for Linux users groups (LUGs) to host Installfest for Schools in their own neighborhoods. Volunteers in Bellingham, WA and Portland, OR have already signed up to organize Installfests for Schools in their neighborhoods.
“Installfest is a tremendous effort that brings the Linux community together for a great cause by providing computers to underprivileged schools, and promoting the use of open source software to new users,” said Melinda Kendall, Vice President and General Manager, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®. “Installfest also keeps tons of toxic electronic waste from entering our landfills so it’s a win-win situation for the event, the community, the schools, and the environment. We are really excited to have the opportunity to play a role in this endeavor.”
Volunteers can help the effort by donating an old computer, helping to refurbish computers onsite at LinuxWorld, or by helping to organize an event in their neighborhood. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit: http://www.untangle.com/installfest
Untangle was founded with the vision of untangling the complexities of technology, initially targeting network security and control for small and medium size businesses. The company follows Open Source development practices to create better code and make it widely available. The Untangle Gateway Platform, the world’s first commercial-grade open source solution for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content on the network, provides a free and better alternative to costly, inflexible proprietary appliances. Untangle's applications are currently being used in thousands of businesses in a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, education, bio-science, and professional services. Untangle is located in San Mateo, California. For more information, visit www.untangle.com or call (866) 233-2296.
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 Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Giovanni Stein at (508) 424-4864 or Giovanni_stein@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or Michelle Mohr at (508) 424-4855, or email@example.com.
About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All™ (E For All™), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo™, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
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