LinuxWorld San Francisco And The Computer Museum Team-Up To Make History; Nationwide search conducted for Linux and open source memorabilia; attendees encouraged to bring additional items to the event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 2, 2006 – LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), in conjunction with the Computer History Museum, recently joined forces in conducting a nationwide search for Linux and open source related memorabilia. The search was carried out as one of the many planned events at this year's Expo to recognize the 15 year anniversary of the kernel and preserve its revolutionary part of computer history. Selected items received will be added to the museum's collection in Mountain View, CA for its permanent collection.

A sampling of items submitted included historical prototypes, early business plans for Linux and open source companies, early photographs of key figures in the Linux and open source movement, software releases, promotional materials, videotapes related to Linux milestones and source code, to name a few.

A team of members from the museum have already selected key artifacts from the numerous submissions and will display them at the Computer History Museum's booth, located at the main entrance to the exhibit hall in the Moscone Center.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any additional memorabilia they may have and would like to share with the rest of the Linux and open source community during this summer's event. All items brought to the show can also be displayed at the Computer History Museum's booth, subject to space availability. Any attendees dropping off items are responsible for retrieving them from the booth before the end of the event. The Computer History Museum will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles.

"We were thrilled when the producers of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo came to us with a proposition to help them recognize the 15th anniversary of the kernel by sending out a call for memorabilia," said Robert Stetson, director, marketing & communications, Computer History Museum. "We are always looking for key artifacts to augment our collection and this is a wonderful way for us to do that, as well as to get involved in the LinuxWorld event and the 15th anniversary celebration."

"Working with the Computer History Museum in this endeavor was a natural extension of our role to outreach and educate around Linux and open source," said Melinda Kendall, vice president, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. "We're excited about celebrating the last 15 years of Linux and being able to play an integral role in helping the museum augment their Linux and open source collection."

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco, the largest and most comprehensive event that focuses exclusively on Linux and open source, is scheduled to take place August 14-17, 2006 at the Moscone Center.

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