LinuxWorld San Francisco To Celebrate The “Linux Masters”

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 28, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today the "Linux Masters," a program to reward and recognize one of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo's most valuable and important assets – the LinuxWorld conference alumni. Conference alumni will now be entitled to special discounts and benefits leading up to the next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, taking place August 12-15, 2002 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. LinuxWorld is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions.


Attendees who purchased a conference package at any previous LinuxWorld Conference & Expo and register for one of the conference packages at the upcoming San Francisco 2002 event are eligible to become Linux Masters. In addition to discounted passes to the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2002 conference program, Linux Masters will also have exclusive access to special content on the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site and VIP treatment at the show.

"LinuxWorld conference attendees comprise some of the most loyal and valuable members of the Linux community," said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services, IDG World Expo. "It's high time that they are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of Linux and other Open Source technologies. By participating in the LinuxWorld conference program, they know that they will realize real value from networking with and learning from each other. The benefits included in the Linux Masters program are our way of saying 'thanks' to this important audience."

As part of a special pricing package, Linux Masters will receive 30% off all LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2002 conference passes, as well as free exhibits only passes and conference session passes for five of their colleagues.

Additional benefits include:

Free IDC research entitled: "Linux Platform: Serving up Web Services"

White papers written by conference faculty

VIP on-site registration

VIP seating at keynotes and feature presentations

Opportunity for face-to-face meetings with conference faculty

Special discounts at the LinuxWorld merchandise store

Special perks at the San Francisco Marriott (official Linux Masters headquarters hotel)

Additional networking opportunities

The Linux Masters program is open to anyone who purchased a conference package at a previous LinuxWorld Conference & Expo and registers for one of the conference packages at the upcoming San Francisco 2002 event. To qualify, eligible LinuxWorld conference alumni should register for their discounted conference packages using a special priority code.

For more information on the Linux Masters program or to register for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, visit

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, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood (A-K) at (508) 424-4860 or or John Yurewicz (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, which features COMNET Wireless, Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at