LinuxWorld San Francisco Announces Sponsors for Exclusive CIO Summit; Computer Associates, Dell, Inc. and Novell bring dynamic interactive case studies to conference attendees

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 3, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, has announced that Computer Associates, Dell, Inc. and Novell are the official sponsors of the first-ever half-day CIO Summit geared toward senior IT professionals. The Summit will take place during LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) on Tuesday, August 15, 2006.

During the panel, senior IT executives from major Fortune 1000 companies will be discussing their Linux and open source implementations and offer a peek into the next 12-18 months of Linux and open source deployments while reflecting on their real-life experiences. Panelists include Guru Vasudeva, AVP & Enterprise Chief Architect, Nationwide; Michael Gallagher, Global Manager of Enterprise Architecture, ABN Amro; and Curtis Edge, CIO, The Christian Science Monitor. Moderator Gary Beach, Publisher of CIO Magazine, will create an interactive discussion environment by including questions and comments from the audience throughout the 75-minute session.

"Linux is rapidly moving into mission critical roles in organizations of all types and CIO Magazine's decision to hold a CIO Summit at LinuxWorld Expo reflects this reality," said John Dragoon, chief marketing officer, Novell. "This event provides a great opportunity for CIOs interested in deploying Linux in their enterprises, from the desktop to the data center, to hear from other CIOs who are already doing so. Linux and open source deliver important benefits in terms of performance, value and flexibility, and CIOs who have deployed Linux will speak to these benefits in very real terms at the Summit."

"Open source solutions have broad application in today's cost-conscious enterprise, and they can provide significant competitive advantages in an information-based economy," said Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president, innovation at CA. "We look forward to the discussions at the CIO Summit – and to further delineating CA's position as the leading source of technology for managing open source assets in the context of a multi-platform IT environment."

"Dell is making a positive impact on open source adoption with standards-based solutions for the enterprise that allow customers to cost-effectively scale, simplify operations and improve utilization," said Judy O'Brien Chavis, director, business development, Dell, Inc. "As a recipient of the 2006 CIO 100 award for excellence in operational and strategic IT, we understand how to leverage the datacenter as a strategic business advantage. The CIO Summit is a unique opportunity to get direct feedback from Fortune 1000 companies on ways to help them integrate open source into their environments today and in the future."

Registration for the program will commence at 7:30 a.m., followed by a networking breakfast and exclusive seating at the Lawrence Lessig keynote address at 9:00 a.m. Panel discussion begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information or to request an invitation for the CIO Summit, please contact Jillian Wilson at jillian_wilson@idg.com or call 508-424-4848.

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

For more information or to register for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, 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 www.linuxworldexpo.com , or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please 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(TM) Summit, 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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