More Than 600 Attendees Flock To New York For The First Ever LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 20, 2007 – IDG World Expo today announced the successful completion of LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM) which featured more than 600 participants who attended the conference to network with their peers and learn from their experiences – mistakes and successes – through revealing case studies on open source implementations. Attendees heard about current and emerging industry trends through provocative keynote addresses and also had the opportunity to examine the latest products and solutions during the Sponsor Showcase.

"We're extremely pleased with the results of this first-ever event," said Melinda Kendall, vice president, LinuxWorld. "The conference program was very well attended, the Sponsor Showcase featured the latest Linux and open source products and technologies, and because of the quality of the attendees at the event, our exhibitors were able to communicate to their target audience which really made the conference worthwhile to them."

The key themes that resonated throughout the show were virtualization and security. Two sessions in particular were standing room only; "Shared Penguins: How to Have Hundreds of Virtual Servers With a Shared Root," presented by Steve Womer, Sr. IT architect at Nationwide Insurance, and "Is Compromise Inevitable? How Can Your Enterprise Survive?," presented by Jonathan P. Clemens, manager of enterprise security at Intel.

Several sponsors and exhibitors used LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit to announce new product and service offerings, or other breaking news relevant to the open source industry, including the following:

— IBM introduced a new Open Client solution, designed to make it easier for customers to run its Lotus collaboration software on a mixture of Windows and Linux desktop operating systems.

— Hyperic introduced Hyperic HQ 3.0 Open Source event analysis software, a version of its open source platform that the company says will let customers track configuration, change and events across multiple layers of their IT infrastructure and prevent downtime.

— The formation of The Open Source Alliance (OSA), to develop and promote open source business solutions, ultimately making it easier for enterprise companies to adopt open source technologies in their IT shops. The founding OSA members are: Adaptive Planning, Centric CRM, CollabNet, EnterpriseDB, Hyperic, JasperSoft, OpenBravo, SourceForge.net, SpikeSource and Talend.

"The LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit provided the ideal venue for launching the Open Solutions Alliance," said Barry Klawans, OSA spokesperson and CTO at JasperSoft. "With many of the major open source companies attending or exhibiting at the Summit, we were able to meet with people who are interested in working together to provide open source applications to businesses."

Additional highlights of the conference included keynote presentations from Bruce Schneier Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Counterpane Internet Security, Inc., Debra Anderson CIO, Novell, Inc., and Randy Allen, Corporate Vice President, Advanced Micro Devices.

About LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit www.linuxworldsummit.com . For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

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