LinuxWorld to Offer Open Source Education for Finance, Telco and Government

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 17, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that the conference program for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has been expanded to provide dedicated tracks for specific industries, including financial services, telecommunications, government and defense. Conference attendees can also choose from sessions covering the latest in system administration, business and emerging technologies, developer issues and security issues.


LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions, will take place at New York City's Javits Center January 21-24, 2003.

LinuxWorld's conference program offers top-quality educational and technical content delivered by industry leaders dedicated to understanding and shaping the Linux and Open Source marketplace. Conference attendees will learn how to evaluate and compare various Linux and Open Source solutions, and will leave the event with ideas for saving their companies' time and money.

Conference sessions and tutorials will provide Open Source education to corporate and IT executives, end-users, educators, administrators, application and technical developers. IT professionals in financial services, telecommunications, government and defense will also have the opportunity to receive educational content customized to their specific needs. Sessions in these tracks will provide perspectives on real-world applications of Linux and Open Source technology, taught by experts in the field.

Conference tracks include:

Managing Linux: Real SysAdmin from the Trenches

Business/Emerging Technologies

Developer Issues

Security Issues

Linux in Government/Defense

Linux in Telco/Communications

LinuxWorld will also feature the debut of the Linux Financial Summit, focusing on Linux and Open Source solutions for the financial industry. Participants can expect to learn why Linux is a cost-effective solution for financial services organizations, hear how Wall Street firms are leveraging Linux for lower total cost of ownership, discover proven Linux migration techniques and see how Linux can integrate with existing proprietary hardware and software applications. The Linux Financial Summit is open exclusively to pre-qualified participants and LinuxWorld conference attendees.

LinuxWorld conference sessions will be taught by the Open Source industry's most respected experts, including Steve Best, senior software engineer at IBM; Tim Burke, Advanced Server Project leader at Red Hat; Vern Brownell, chief technology officer at Egenera, Inc.; Gerald Carter, developer on the Samba team at Hewlett-Packard; Martin Fink, CTO of the Linux Systems Division of Hewlett-Packard; Pierre Fricke, executive vice president at D.H. Brown Associates; Tony Stanco, founder of eGovOS; Mike Warfield, senior researcher and fellow for Internet Security Systems, Inc.; and Tim Witham, director of the Open Source Development Lab.

"As the Open Source industry evolves, so must our conference program," said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services, IDG World Expo. "LinuxWorld offers the industry's most comprehensive education covering both business and technical topics relating to Linux and Open Source. We have designed this year's program to provide guidance on the key issues facing IT professionals implementing Linux and Open Source for their businesses. I'm certain that our conference attendees will see a real return on their investment in the form of tangible time and cost savings."

Among the many conference sessions offered at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/New York 2003 will be:

The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source, presented by Hewlett-Packard's Martin Fink

A Competitive Assessment of Linux in the Enterprise, presented by D.H. Brown Associates' Tony Iams

Forensics and Linux, presented by Internet Security Systems' Mike Warfield

Catching Hackers in Virtual Honeynets, presented by Bastille Linux's Jay Beale

NSA's SELinux and Project eGovOS, presented by eGovOS's Tony Stanco

Delivering the Vision: The Impact of Next-Generation Linux Computing on Wall Street Data Center ROI, presented by Egenera's Vern Brownell

For a detailed schedule of conference sessions or to register for the event, go to

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 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.

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