LinuxWorld San Francisco Conference Program Shows how Linux and Open Source Drives Deeper into the Enterprise

FRAMINGHAM, MA – June 22, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced details of the conference program for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, August 8-11 at Moscone Center West. The prevailing theme of this summer's conference program will be Linux in the enterprise.

LinuxWorld's conference program will illustrate how enterprises are reaping the business benefits of Linux and Open Source. Global research firm IDC found that worldwide Linux server customer revenue is expected to reach $9.1 billion in 2008, driven by a compound annual growth rate of 22.8%, compared to the broad market compound annual growth rate of 3.8% for the worldwide server market. IDC forecasts that Linux server shipments will be 25.7% of worldwide server shipments in 2008, up from 15.6% of worldwide server shipments in 2003.

Among the many conference sessions offered at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francsico will be:

— How Open Source Methodology Changes Enterprise Development, presented by Colin Bodell, CTO, VA Software

— Maximizing Competitive Advantage with Enterprise Open Source Software, presented by Shaun Connolly, VP, product management, JBoss, Inc.

— Integrating Linux Systems and Applications with the Rest of the Enterprise, presented by Leif Davidsen, product marketing manager, Application Integration, IBM.

— Managing Linux in a Mixed Environment…at Microsoft?: A Look Inside the Linux/Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft, presented by Bill Hilf, director, Platform Technology Strategy, Microsoft.

— Securing the Identity Driven Enterprise, presented by Justin Taylor, chief strategist, Digital Identity, Novell.

— Current State of the Kernel, presented by Timothy D. Witham, CTO, Open Source Development Labs.

— Enterprise Grade Virtualization with Open Source Technologies, presented by Moshe Barr, CTO, XenSource.

"Enterprise-class Linux and Open Source products are gaining market share by providing higher-quality software at lower costs," said Warwick Davies, group vice president, IDG World Expo. "This summer's conference will explain in detail how companies have taken advantage of Linux and Open Source in the enterprise to cut costs, improve software quality and deliver products faster to market."

Conference tracks include:

— The Business of Linux and Open Source: Learn how early-adopters made the case for their enterprises to move to Open Source architectures and get advice on how to deal with the challenges and reap the rewards from real world examples.

— Managing Mixed Environments: Learn how to deal with networking, application and protocol issues to maximize investments and operate at optimum efficiency.

— Security Issues: Understand how Linux and Open Source tools can help applications and communications run safely and securely!

— Open Source Applications: Application stacks, Grid, Eclipse, and Apache, will be discussed and given hands-on context for attendees to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to better design, deploy and manage your systems and applications!

— Kernel and Cluster Issues: Hear from the experts on the state of the kernel and learn where the latest applications are heading to make Linux a complete solution from the data center to the desktop.

— Emerging Technologies: Learn about up-and-coming technologies and how they will benefit business in the future.

— Client Side Linux: Explore the state of Linux on clients today and where they're going in the future.

— Data Center and Virtualization: See the latest technologies and techniques for designing, deploying and maintaining data center applications and services.

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 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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