Mozilla Project Founding Member and Red Hat Deputy General Counsel Added to LinuxWorld San Francisco Keynote Lineup

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 20, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced additions to the keynote line-up for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), which will take place August 8-11, 2005 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Mike Shaver, founding member of the Mozilla project and Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel and secretary at Red Hat will join executives from IBM, Oracle and Hewlett Packard to discuss Linux and Open Source technology during their keynote addresses.

Mike Shaver, founding member, Mozilla project and technology strategist, Mozilla Foundation, will deliver a keynote address titled, "Flash Point: Reigniting Web Innovation." Shaver will explore the key issues at hand for those driving the continued growth of Web capabilities and share his perspective on the most important and exciting trends in Web development.

The Mozilla Foundation, as steward of the Mozilla project, sits at the center of the modern explosion of innovation and growth on the Web. Incredible adoption of the Mozilla Firefox browser, the "AJAX" technology critical mass, and renewed investment in Web-facing technologies all point to a resurgence in the power of the Web to create new applications, services, and communities. Shaver will discuss what the next "AJAX" might look like and how content authors, application developers and end users influence the evolution of the Web.

Mark H. Webbink, deputy general counsel and secretary at Red Hat, will deliver a keynote address titled, "Software Protection and the Impact on Innovation." Webbink will discuss how the software industry is becoming more complicated every day with industry giants hanging on for dear life and Open Source upstarts trying to commoditize just about everything. All of the players are attempting to stake a company's intellectual property positions to make sure their turf is protected and they are safe from legal action. However, these protection issues are taking away from the software industry's true calling–innovation. Webbink's keynote will address such questions as: How should software be protected? What drives individuals and companies to innovate? Shouldn't copyright be sufficient?

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