Microsoft and Google to Participate in “Golden Penguin Bowl” Quiz Show at LinuxWorld

FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 2, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that Microsoft Corporation and Google Inc. will participate in the "Golden Penguin Bowl" geek trivia game at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, taking place August 8-11, 2005 at Moscone Center West. Representatives from the two companies will take part in the trivia game on Tuesday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to participating in the Golden Penguin Bowl, Bill Hilf, Director of Platform Technology Strategy at Microsoft will also lead a conference session titled, "Managing Linux in a mixed environment…at Microsoft?: A look inside the Linux/Open Source Software lab at Microsoft." During his presentation, Hilf will discuss how because of the dynamic nature of the industry, corporate networks, including some test labs within Microsoft, are often comprised of mixed environments that run Unix, Linux and Windows technology.

Hilf will explain how lessons learned from interoperability testing and management infrastructure can be leveraged to manage assets from deployment to all stages of server administration. He will also discuss what the experiences have been of Microsoft's experts in this lab environment as well as Microsoft's viewpoint on the advantages and disadvantages of Open Source Software from a technical perspective.

Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager at Google, will also participate in a keynote panel on Tuesday, August 9 at 2:45 p.m. titled, "The Explosive Growth of Linux and Open Source: What does it all mean?" Moderated by Open Source Development Labs CEO, Stuart Cohen, this keynote panel will also include representatives from Novell, Red Hat and the Free Software Foundation. During this "State of the Open Source Union" keynote, the panel will shed some light on the explosive growth of this new paradigm in computing and will focus beyond what's already happened in the industry to what's happening next.

Attendance at the Golden Penguin Bowl and all the keynote addresses is open to all LinuxWorld attendees. The Golden Penguin Bowl will be hosted by Novell's Jeremy Allison.

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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

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), Real Time CRM Solutions(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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