LinuxWorld Set to Make its UK Debut

FRAMINGHAM, MA and BIRMINGHAM – NOVEMBER 26, 2002 – LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the leading Linux and Open Source solutions event, will launch in the UK at The NEC, Birmingham from September 3-4, 2003. The show is already an established success in the United States, Germany and China and its arrival in the UK has been much anticipated.


LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is owned by IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. The UK event will be managed by Centrex, the exhibition-organizing arm of The NEC Group, under a newly-formed partnership.

Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo vice president of sales, marketing and product development, said: "Over the past four years LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has evolved into the industry-leading Open Source event in the United States, and we are excited about its expansion into the UK. Linux is the fastest-growing operating system in the world, and the UK market is ready for a top-notch event such as LinuxWorld, which showcases the latest developments in Open Source technology."

The exhibition and conference will feature the latest technologies, products and services related to these networks and solutions. With business use of Linux and Open Source increasing rapidly, the conference will be presenting the UK's most strategic and focused viewpoint for corporate users and the IT professional.

Centrex has appointed Brian Reffell to manage the show, capitalizing on his extensive experience in IT exhibitions. Centrex manages a varied and successful portfolio of trade and consumer exhibitions.

Reffell said: "With Linux and Open Source systems becoming the platform of choice for a rapidly evolving community of businesses and organizations in the UK, the market is now ready for the UK launch. LinuxWorld is recognized as the definitive Linux and Open Source show throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and I am looking forward to extending the success of this established and prestige brand in the UK."

Further details on LinuxWorld are available via email to either or within the Centrex organizing team.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo U.S.

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 IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. 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, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. 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 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at