LinuxWorld San Francisco Kicks Off Next Week; Linux and Open Source Community to Gather for the Umbrella Industry Event; Emerging Trends, Innovative Product Launches and 15th Anniversary of the Kernel Take Center Stage

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 10, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today provided a preview of next week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R). 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 five key technology themes – enterprise applications, virtualization, SOA, mobile and embedded Linux, and open source development. This year's event will also celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the kernel, highlighting several industry milestones while envisioning the future of Linux.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs August 14-17, 2006 at Moscone Center. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before August 13, 2006 – 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, Alfresco, Black Duck Software, CA, Dell, HP, Fujitsu, IBM, Ingres, Intel, Levanta, Motorola, Novell, Oracle, PalmSource, SAP, Scalix Corporation, SugarCRM, Ubuntu, Virtuas Open Source Solutions and many more. These exhibitors and more 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 110

Tuesday, August 15

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Novell

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.: IBM

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Qlogic

Wednesday, August 16

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: EnterpriseDB

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.: Linux Journal Product Excellence Awards

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: MessageSolution, Inc.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. : Openbravo

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:

BIVIO NETWORKS (booth 643) will highlight two products: Bivio 2000 and Bivio 500. The Bivio 200 is a programmable network appliance featuring a groundbreaking architecture specifically optimized for wire-speed execution of emerging network services that increasingly demand deep packet processing combined with high network throughput. The Bivio 500 provides a cost-effective network appliance platform with multi-gigabit throughput capacity and unique capabilities that propel applications to the next level of performance and competitive balance.

CENTERIS (booth 836) will highlight the Centeris Likewise Management Suite 2.0 which features administration of Linux servers using Windows-based tools, easy integration of Linux with Active Directory and simplified configuration of common Linux Server roles.

CENTRIC CRM (Booth 1334) will highlight Centric CRM 4.1, an advanced java, Web-based and object-oriented architecture that runs on all standards-based platforms. It's used today by Fortune 500 companies in large configurations and by thousands of others. Centric CRM includes all common CRM modules and adds significant capabilities such as Project and Document Management.

CORAID (booth 539) will highlight CLN20-FT, which provides fail-over for Coraid's Linux NAS Gateway. Features include AoE storage which provides high availability for 1/10 the price of other solutions; dual GigE ports that connect to NFS/CIFS clients; and a dedicated network of EtherDrive Storage devices. AoE eliminates the expensive TCP/IP overhead, providing a simple, low cost alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

MOTOROLA, INC. (booth 1116) will highlight its latest Linux-based mobile handsets — including ROKR E2, the ultimate fusion of music and mobility, and the show-stopping Motorola A1200 (MING), the leading smartphone in China. Motorola will also showcase tools and applications available to developers through its new MOTODEV developer network.

PALMSOURCE (booth 502) will highlight the Access Linux Platform (ALP), the latest evolution of Palm OS(R) for Linux. This product is an integrated, open and flexible Linux-based platform tailored for smartphones and mobile devices.

SUGARCRM (booth 1444) will highlight three products; Sugar Open Source 4.5, a CRM application that manages mission-critical sales, marketing and support information; Sugar Professional 4.5, which improves business performance by offering best-in-class campaign management, opportunity tracking, account management, sales forecasting and customer support capabilities while delivering advanced reporting and collaborative tools; and Sugar Enterprise 4.5, offering enterprise-grade capabilities and scalability for the most demanding business.

VMWARE (booth 1414) will highlight VMware Infrastructure 3. This product builds upon the previously introduced VMware ESX Server and introduces four new groundbreaking products – VMware VMFS, a next generation distributed file system; VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS); VMware High Availability (HA) and VMware Consolidated Backup.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees will also have the opportunity to network with their peers and obtain valuable education at a wide variety of informative keynotes, conference sessions, special events and forums. This year's event will continue to feature popular programming from year's past as well as new programming, making this the one event that is truly relevant to every industry under the Linux and open source umbrella.

Keynotes: Attendees will hear keynote presentations from Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and founder and chair of Creative Commons; Guru Vasudeva, AVP & Enterprise Chief Architect, Enterprise OCTO, Nationwide; Peter Levine, CEO, XenSource; Greg Besio, Corporate Vice President, Motorola; Richard Wirt, General Manager, Software and Solutions Group, Intel.

Celebrating 20 Years Of Linux: Linux has only been around for 15 years, so how did we come up with the title "Celebrating 20 Years of Linux"? On Wednesday, August 16th at 4:30, this panel moderated by Larry Augustin will explore the past 15 years of Linux and discuss how and why Linux became the success that it is. It will then look 5 years into the future to gauge where Linux will go. Don't miss what promises to be a spirited discussion between panelists Eric Raymond; Jon maddog Hall, Linux International; Chris DiBona, Google, Inc.; and Dirk Hohndel, Intel.

NEW! Linux In The Channel: Linux in the Channel is a one-day event on August 16th for systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers, IT distributors and vendors interested in learning more about Linux channel opportunities. Join CRN editor in chief Heather Clancy for this special event focusing on Linux channel opportunities.

NEW! LinuxWorld Healthcare Day: On August 16th learn from industry peers about the issues and driving forces behind the growing use of open solutions throughout healthcare. OSDL has created a compelling program that will provide essential information on how Open Source Software and Open Standards are being developed and deployed by innovators throughout the healthcare industry.

NEW! CIO Summit: (invitation only event) On Tuesday, August 15th, Senior IT executives from major Fortune 1000 companies will be discussing their Linux and open source implementations during a panel discussion moderated by Gary Beach, Publisher, CIO Magazine. Opening with an overview of where open source is working or not in their IT environments, the focus of the conversation will shift to what's next: what are their strategies, budgets, and visions for the next 12 to 18 months, for their organizations specifically, and for the Linux and open source industry.

NEW! MOTOLOUNGE: Motorola invites LinuxWorld attendees to their booth (1116) throughout the show to meet their panel of mobile Linux experts. Learn how you can participate in building the mobile Linux ecosystem and driving the next generation of mobile solutions. The group will include key architects, executives and developers involved in creating Motorola's mobile platform and establishing a new, open-source-driven model for software innovation.

NEW! Novell Best of BrainShare: Conference consisting of three top-tier technical sessions on various aspects of software for the open enterprise, and will be offered on both Tuesday, August 15th, and Wednesday, August 16th.

NEW! PalmSource Developer Day: Attendees will get an overview of the components of the new leading platform for mobile devices–the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) and will receive early access and hands-on experience building applications for this new platform. This event takes place on Wednesday, August 16th, and is targeted towards Linux Application Developers who are interested in taking their applications mobile.

OSDL Kernel Sessions: On Thursday, August 17th, see renowned Linux kernel engineers such as Greg Kroah-Hartman explain the kernel development process, how you can contribute, and what it takes to submit new device drivers into the machine kernel.

Linux Certification: The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the premier Linux certification organization worldwide, will offer Linux certification testing to exhibitors and exhibits only attendees for $75. Tuesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 17 at 1:00 p.m., LPI will be conducting the LPI 101 exam in Room 111. The exams are free to all conference delegates. All candidates must pre-register at the LPI Web site for an LPI ID number at http://www.lpi.org . Exam candidates should bring valid photo identification and their LPI ID number to the exam lab.

Golden Penguin Bowl Trivia Game: The infamous geek trivia game returns with host Jeremy Allison of Novell. This year, representatives from Novell and ubuntu will take part in the trivia game on Tuesday, August 15th at 4:30 p.m.

Birds-of-a-Feather Meetings: Meet and discuss current issues with like-minded open source professionals during these informal meetings. Choose from 18 different topics ranging from "OpenSUSE.org and the Build Service" to "Penguin Survival – Bringing Your Linux Desktop Into The Workplace."

.org Pavilion(R): This section of the LinuxWorld exhibit floor features non-profit organizations keeping the spirit of Open Source alive around the world. Participating organizations include Creative Commons, Eclipse Foundation, Fedora Project, Gentoo Linux, Joomla!, The Linux Test Project, OpenSUSE.org, SugarForge.org, ubuntu, X.org Foundation and many more.

Linux Journal 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 Wednesday, August 15th at 11:30 p.m. in room 110, the press conference room.

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 Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

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