LinuxWorld San Francisco Kicks Off Next Week ; Linux and open source community gather for the umbrella industry event; emerging trends, innovative product launches and robust educational content take center stage

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 2, 2007 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today provided a preview of next week’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(®). Linux and open source users from around the globe will arrive at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to examine the latest products and solutions, hear about emerging trends in the industry, and experience new content focusing on key themes including virtualization, mobile and embedded Linux, Linux on the desktop and more.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs August 6-9, 2007 at Moscone Center. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before August 5, 2007 – passes cost $50.00 thereafter. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com .

Once again, the LinuxWorld exhibit floor will feature the key companies that are driving the future of Linux and open source, including AMD, Astaro Corp., Barracuda Networks, Centrify, Dell, Fujitsu, Gentoo Linux, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Motorola, Novell, Oracle, Palm Inc., Scalix Corporation, Splunk, SugarCRM, ubuntu, VMware and many more. These exhibitors consider LinuxWorld the perfect stage to announce their latest product and service offerings, or other breaking news relevant to the Linux and open source industry. The following is a list of scheduled press conferences for exhibitors who plan to make formal announcements during next week’s event.

Press Conference Schedule – Room 124

Tuesday, August 7

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ImageStream

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. IBM

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oracle

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Trusted Computer Solutions

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Apatar Data Integration

Wednesday, August 8

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Novell, Inc.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. R1Soft

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Network Engines

In addition to breaking industry news coming out of scheduled press conferences, exhibiting companies will use the show floor as a launching pad for new product announcements, or as a place to spotlight recently announced or enhanced products. The following is just a sneak preview of some of the products that will be showcased on the exhibit floor:

APATAR DATA INTEGRATION (booth .org Pavilion booth 1) Apatar Data Integration is an open source software application for information integration between databases, files, and applications. With powerful Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) capabilities, visual job designer and mapping and scheduling capabilities, Apatar allows organizations to easily integrate, migrate and synchronize data and files.

MOTOROLA (booth 916) Platinum sponsor Motorola will showcase its MOTODEV Studio development environment along with its latest Linux-based handset portfolio, including: MOTORAZR2 V8, a next-generation RAZR that takes thin to the next level while offering a new, richer multimedia experience, MOTOROKR Z6, a music-optimized slim slider, and MOTOMING A1200, a smart and stylish touchscreen handset and China’s best-selling smartphone.

OPENBRAVO (booth 1308) Openbravo will launch the latest version (v2.3) of its market-leading web-based open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times since it was introduced on SourceForge.net in April 2006. The new version has increased functionality and a new contemporary designed user interface, offering greater user efficiency and tighter control of key business processes.

OPEN VZ (.org Pavilion booth 12) The OpenVZ project will demonstrate for the first time what is possible using its virtualization software in combination with other virtual machine technology. The demo shows dividing one physical server into virtual servers using Parallels, Xen or VMware software, and then creating OpenVZ virtual environments inside those virtual machines — effectively creating many virtual servers to improve utilization of the physical server.

PEARSON EDUCATION (booth 1527) Pearson Education will be releasing five new books at this year’s event: The Official Ubuntu Book, second edition, The Professional Ruby Collection: Mongrel, Rails Plugins, Rails Routing, Refactoring to REST, and Rubyisms, Enterprise Ajax: Strategies for Building High Performance Web Applications, RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails™ and The Practice of System and Network Administration, second edition.

3LEAF SYSTEMS (booth 534) The 3Leaf V-8000 Virtual I/O Server virtualizes the I/O for a pool of commodity servers, maximizing server resource utilization and scalability while speeding up the deployment and provisioning of new servers. Capital expenditure savings from deploying the V-8000 can exceed 50 percent on day one, and operations savings can be up to 60 percent.

SERVEPATH (booth 1301) ServePath will unveil its newest line of rapidly scalable services, GoGrid™, which will provide instantly scalable web hosting and servers, with a first-ever graphical management interface and a pay-as-you-need pricing model to save organizations with rapid-growth websites time, money and hassles.

STORIX SOFTWARE (booth 939) Storix Software will introduce SBAdmin v6.2 (System Backup Administrator) offering TSM users centralized, full-system backup and “Adaptable System Recovery” (new and improved bare-metal restore) that enables quick and easy full-system restore onto the same or different hardware. SBAdmin v6.2 is the first alternative to SysBack and CBMR for full-system backup management and disaster recovery that integrates with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). SBAdmin's advanced system backup management features, ASR and much more are not available with TSM alone or other integrated products.

TRUSTED COMPUTER SOLUTIONS (booth 1418) will introduce Security Blanket, a new software tool that is menu driven with an easy-to-use user interface and allows Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users to easily lock down an installed system and periodically check the system’s security state.

ZMANDA (booth 1400) Zmanda is launching a major new version of Amanda Enterprise, the company's flagship network backup software. The new version adds support for open files on Microsoft Windows, as well as improved security and new 24 X 7 technical support through the Zmanda Network. The new features and support creates a robust, fully enterprise-ready solution that can meet the most stringent corporate backup and recovery requirements.

Keynotes: Attendees will hear keynote presentations from Werner Vogels, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Amazon Web Services; Paul Strong, Distinguished Research Scientist, eBay, Inc.; Kevin Kettler, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Dell, Inc.; Ron Hovsepian, President and CEO, Novell, Inc.; Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Group, HP.; and Dr. Mendel Rosenblum, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, VMware.

Conference & Exhibit Floor Highlights

NEW! Linux On The Desktop: Sponsored by Dell, attendees will learn the realities and capabilities of Linux on the desktop at these hands-on interactive demonstrations. Test drive not only various desktop distributions, but important applications and see for yourself.

NEW! Linux and Open Source 101: Don’t miss the first ever one-day training session geared exclusively toward IT professionals who are interested in Linux and open source software and want to go to the next step to learn how to use it successfully in their business. This full-day of training is sponsored by Novell and will take place on Tuesday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NEW! Dice Career Fair: Dice, the leading job site for technology professionals, will host a free, one-day Technology and Engineering career fair at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® on Wednesday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the world’s leading Linux and open source companies.

NEW! Ask The Experts! Our top notch team of LinuxWorld.com contributors, open source developers, and IT security and administration professionals will be available to help attendees with advice on software selection, configuration, hardware and bandwidth requirements, and the unpredictable human elements that make an IT project succeed or fail. Explain a problem in detail, and get working answers and pointers to open source projects, documentation and online forums that can help solve it.

NEW! Open Solutions Alliance Interoperability Showcase: Come to the OSA Interoperability Showcase to see how several industry-leading vendors and communities are working together to achieve this goal, including several live demonstrations of integrated open applications.

Special Developer Content: This year’s event will feature three new Developer Days where attendees can learn all they need to know about mobile and embedded Linux in these sponsored programs:

* ACCESS Developer Day – Tuesday, August 7 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn from ACCESS how to build applications for the ACCESS Linux Platform using open source tools like the Eclipse IDE and Glade UI designer. These hands-on sessions prepare attendees to take advantage of platform features and mobile market opportunities.

* Fast Track with MOTODEV – Wednesday, August 8 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This event is specifically designed to provide exclusive access to the tools, resources and go-to-market programs attendees need to create and deliver applications on the newest Motorola products and into the hands of billions of mobile subscribers.

* Wind River Developer Day – Thursday, August 9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn more about embedded Linux platforms, embedded technology, development tools, and solutions. Learn why developers have rapidly embraced Linux as the platform of choice for embedded device development. Find out about new and emerging technologies in embedded Linux, that are key for critical application enablement. Understand how the available open source solutions for hard real-time, advanced networking, or small footprint and fast boot-time features can be employed to make your device development vision into reality.

* .org Pavilion®: LinuxWorld's .org Pavilion is an opportunity to try the latest free and open source software and meet the people behind it. Whether it’s seeking a graphics toolkit for your next project or a whole content management system, this is the chance to connect with the developers and expert users who make it all work.

Golden Penguin Bowl Trivia Game: The infamous geek trivia game returns with host Jeremy Allison, co-creator of Samba. This year, representatives from Dell will take part in the trivia game on Tuesday, August 7 at 4:30 p.m.

LinuxWorld.com Product Excellence Awards: Come see the top Linux and open source product exhibitors receive recognition for product and service innovations. The awards cover a wide variety of open source solutions categories, and are voted on by a panel of independent judges and industry experts. Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the event on Tuesday, August 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the “Ask The Experts” Theater.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit 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 Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or amy_bonner@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_bolland@idg.com.

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