LinuxWorld San Francisco to Feature Live Business Applications Software at Application Showcase Co-Sponsored by IBM

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 14, 2001 – IDG World Expo announced today the debut of an interactive Application Showcase at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, co-sponsored by IBM, which recently announced that the number of available enterprise applications for Linux grew 30 percent over the last six months. The Showcase will spotlight the latest advancements in application development and deployment running on the Linux operating system. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will take place August 26-30, 2001 at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.


Visitors to IBM's Application Showcase will learn from customer case studies, and can ask customers directly about their experiences with Linux deployments. The showcase, co-sponsored by IBM and IDG World Expo, is located in Booth #273 in the center's North Hall and will feature a range of applications from independent software vendors (ISVs) such as AccPac International, Alabanza, eGrail, Journyx, Legato, MarCole Enterprises, Rational Software, SAP, SAS and Sendmail. The showcase will also feature various IBM business partners including Pioneer Standard Electronics, MainLine, Denver Solutions Group and Equant. Applications will range broadly to highlight the full capabilities of Linux, including work optimization, CAD (computer-aided design), gift registration, small business accounting, email infrastructure and automated web hosting.

"We're seeing tremendous excitement around Linux from the software development community, and we're happy to work with them to deliver enterprise-ready applications for real e-business," said Steve Solazzo, IBM's vice president, Linux.

"IBM's Application Showcase will provide LinuxWorld participants with valuable insight into the current capabilities of Linux," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Linux really has come of age as a serious business platform, and this showcase will deliver genuine proof points that should heighten industry interest and momentum."

"Linux is celebrating its tenth birthday at LinuxWorld, and from the IDG World Expo perspective we see this as an especially fitting time for Linux evaluation and implementation," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development, IDG World Expo. "Companies looking for cost-effective options will use LinuxWorld as an all-inclusive environment to evaluate the newest products and services, build upon their knowledge base and take advantage of unlimited peer-to-peer networking opportunities."

Other LinuxWorld highlights include:

· Keynote presentations by Shane Robison, chief technology officer and senior vice president, Compaq Computer Corporation; Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law School and Matthew Szulik, president and CEO, Red Hat, Inc.

· The $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award, presented by Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development, IDG World Expo, to recognize an entity's dedication to the open source movement

· The Open Source Product Excellence Awards, presented in conjunction with the UniForum Association, to recognize exhibitor product/service innovations

· .Org Pavilion, offering attendees the opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading figures in the Linux community and exchange ideas for developing products and services (sponsored by Open Source Development Network (OSDN))

· The Embedded Linux Pavilion, featuring the latest products and services from embedded Linux vendors in internet devices, appliances and other "non-traditional" Linux-based hardware (offered in conjunction with the Embedded Linux Consortium)

· The Linux Rookery, offering a glimpse of the future of Linux with start-up companies featuring their many innovations (sponsored by Linux International)

· The Caldera Learning Center, offering hands-on demonstrations of systems and solutions by Caldera Systems experts

· In addition to the Application Showcase, various ISVs will be included in the IBM booth, including RLX, Tarantella and Steeleye.

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is scheduled for January 29 – February 1, 2002 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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