LinuxWorld San Francisco Kicks Off Next Week

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 4, 2005 – 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 users from around the globe will arrive at San Francisco's Moscone Center West next week to examine the latest products and solutions, hear about new developments in the industry, and learn best practices from some of the most active users of Open Source technologies.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs August 8-11, 2005 at Moscone Center West. The LinuxWorld exhibit hall floor opens on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before August 7, 2005 – passes cost $35.00 thereafter. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

The LinuxWorld exhibit floor will feature key companies driving the future of Linux and Open Source, including AMD, BakBone Software, Computer Associates, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, Opsware, Oracle, Pogo Linux, Red Hat, SAP, Sun Microsystems, SpikeSource, Sybase, Yosemite Technologies and many more. LinuxWorld also provides a forum for new companies entering this space.

Companies who have scheduled press conferences at the event include:

Tuesday, August 9 – Novell, IBM, Red Hat, Debian Common Core Alliance, Beijing Software Industry Productivity Center.

Wednesday, August 10 – Oracle, Prentice Hall PTR, Platform Computing, LinuxPrinting.org, Emu Software.

Thursday, August 11 – SteelEye Technology, Resolvo Systems.

Companies who have given a sneak preview of product announcements they plan to make at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo include the following:

ALACOS (booth 1417) will announce two new products: Linux Migration Agent Network Server Edition simultaneously migrates multiple desktop computers from Windows to Linux using a centralized, programmable server. Thin Client Migration Agent simultaneously migrates multiple fat client systems to thin client systems using a centralized, programmable server.

APPRO (booth 126) will announce the Appro XtremeBlade, the next generation blade solution offering Infiniband interface to all external data and storage networks. It provides tight integration of all key components such as network switches and centralized management. It combines Infiniband and PCI Express technologies delivering outstanding performance and scalability in addition to high-bandwidth and low-latency infrastructure required for next-generation data centers.

BUSINESS OBJECTS (booth 2021) will announce that BusinessObjects XI now supports Linux. Releasing BusinessObjects XI on Linux will allow customers to use the industry's most advanced and complete BI platform on the operating system of their choice. With this announcement, Business Objects advances its leadership in the BI Linux market and commitment to support Open Source software.

EMIC NETWORKS (booth 243) will be announcing the latest version of its flagship solution, Emic m/cluster. Emic m/cluster provides businesses with a high level of reliability for their mission critical open source applications, protecting them from unneeded downtime. It also enables users to build applications using open source components.

KERIO TECHNOLOGIES (booth 247) will announce Kerio MailServer 6.1. Designed primarily for small and medium sized organizations, Kerio MailServer provides email, contact and calendar collaboration for MS Outlook, Entourage and WebMail users. With integrated virus filtering and anti-spam tools, such as SpamEliminator and newly added SPF, Kerio MailServer helps maintain safe and secure email environment on Linux without the complexity of open source solutions.

OPENLOGIC (booth 2023) will announce BlueGlue, the first software that automates the reliable installation, configuration, integration, test and ongoing management of certified and supported stacks built from customer-specified combinations of over 100 leading Open Source projects. BlueGlue also includes a robust knowledge base, professional documentation, and sample applications to accelerate learning and development.

VERSORA (booth 624) will announce Progression Desktop 2.0 which includes new functionality and application support for the automated desktop migration tool. It offers automated Windows to Linux, Linux to Linux and Windows to Windows transitional desktop migrations. Capabilities include peer to peer migration using USB or crossover cable and support for Windows applications running on Linux.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees can also network with their peers and obtain valuable education at a wide variety of informative conference sessions, special events and forums. These include:

Keynotes: Attendees will hear keynote presentations from Charles Phillips, President, Oracle Corporation; Martin Fink, Vice President Linux, HP; Mark H. Webbink, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, Red Hat, Inc.; Mike Shaver, Founding Member, Mozilla project and Technology Strategist, Mozilla Foundation; Steve Mills, Senior Vice President & Group Executive Software Group, IBM; and a keynote panel moderated by Stuart Cohen, CEO, Open Source Development Labs, Inc. with panelists: Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager, Google Inc.; David Patrick, General Manager, Linux Open Source Platforms and Services, Novell, Inc.; Eben Moglen, Chair, Software Freedom Law Center; and Tom Rabon, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Red Hat, Inc.

Free Linux Certification: The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the premier Linux certification organization worldwide (http://www.lpi.org/), will offer free Linux certification testing. Tuesday, August 9 – Thursday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m., LPI will be conducting the LPI 101 exam in Room 2001. The proctored exams are free to all conference delegates, and a special discounted price of $25 is also offered to all exhibitors and exhibit hall attendees. All candidates must pre-register at the LPI Web site for an LPI ID number at https://www.lpi.org/en/register.html . Exam candidates should bring valid photo identification and their LPI ID number to the exam lab.

Microsoft and Google at the Golden Penguin Bowl Trivia Game: The infamous geek trivia game returns with host Jeremy Allison of Novell. This year, representatives from Microsoft Corporation and Google Inc. will take part in the trivia game on Tuesday, August 9 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 20 different topics ranging from "Windows to Linux Desktop Migration" to "Slashdot: Hanging out with Cmdr. Taco" to "X.org" and "Mozilla."

.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 Debian Project, Ether Boot Project, Free Standards Group, Linux Test Project, GNOME Foundation, LTSP, Mambo, Mozilla Foundation, ObjectWEB, SNORT and many more.

LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards: These awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld's exhibitors. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the event on Tuesday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Conference Program: LinuxWorld provides a comprehensive educational experience for the entire spectrum of Open Source users and enthusiasts, including corporate and IT executives, directors, administrators and developers.

For more information on the awards and LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, 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

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