New Show Content and Innovative Product Launches Take Center Stage at Next Week’s Linuxworld Conference & Expo in Boston

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 31, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today provided a preview of the new conference sessions, special events and forums, as well as new product announcements expected at next week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R). Linux users from around the globe will arrive at the state of the art Boston Convention and Exhibition Center next week to examine the latest products and solutions, hear about new developments in the industry, and learn best practices from some of the most active users of open source technologies.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The LinuxWorld exhibit floor opens on Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Exhibit hall passes are free on or before April 2, 2006 and only cost $50.00 after April 2, 2006. Register for free exhibit hall passes at http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/boston . Exhibit hall passes are also available onsite.

The LinuxWorld exhibit floor will feature some of the industry leading companies that are driving the future of Linux and open source, including AMD, BakBone Software, Computer Associates, Dell, IBM, Intel, Novell, Oracle, Pogo Linux, Red Hat, Sybase, and many more.

Press conferences will be taking place onsite at the event – just a few that are already scheduled and announced include:

Tuesday, April 4 – Xandros, Oracle, Message Solutions

Wednesday, April 5 – Acronis, Addison Wellesley/Prentice Hall

Thursday, April 6 – Linux Professional Institute

Exciting and innovative sneak previews of product announcements are planned at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo from companies such as:

ASTARO: (booth 1416) will preview Astaro(TM) Security Gateway V7. This new product is the world's first security appliance integrating strong encryption and digital signature mechanisms based on S/MIME and OpenPGP industry standards.

BARRACUDA NETWORKS: (booth 314) will introduce the Barracuda IM Firewall, an all-in-one instant messaging appliance to incorporate an IM server with native consumer IM traffic filtering, IM archiving and policy management technologies in an easy-to-use and affordable solution.

PALMSOURCE, INC: (booth 921) will introduce the Access Linux Platform (ALP) which is the latest evolution of Palm OS for Linux. It's an integrated, open and flexible linux-based platform tailored for smartphones and mobile devices.

REALM SYSTEMS: (booth 1423) introduces the Realm K-9 Personal Server, the world's smallest self contained Linux server that fits into your pocket. The server allows users to launch their Linux based applications onto any PC, making use of the system's keyboard, video, mouse and network connection.

SWSOFT: (booth 302) will announce Virtuozzo, an operating system-level server virtualiztion solution with a unique architecture and low overhead that makes efficient use of hardware, software and management resources.

In addition to evaluating the latest products and services in Linux and open source technology, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees will have the opportunity to network with their peers, participate in valuable education at a wide variety of informative conference sessions, and discover special events and forums, many of which are new to this year's event. These include:

Keynotes: Attendees will experience keynote presentations from Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Chairman of The Media Laboratory at MIT, Bob Gatewood, CTO, athenahealth, Kevin Kettler, PhD, CTO of Dell Inc., Bill Hilf, Director of Platform Technology Strategy at Microsoft Corporation, and Larry Augustin, Chairman, VA Software, who will be moderating a panel which includes CEO's from SugarCRM, MySQL, JBoss and Zend.

NEW! OpenSolutions World: A new conference at LinuxWorld focused on the broader range of open source technology. OpenSolutions World will allow LinuxWorld to better demonstrate the complete range of real-world solutions based on open source and Linux to forward-thinking technology buyers.

NEW! Government Day: This new, one-day event, will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 and exploits the dominant issues facing public sector decision makers in building and maintaining systems and staff in a world of rapidly evolving open source technology. Government representatives, leading open source technology vendors and community project leaders will come together for a five-session program that will review the progress being made in the adoption and advancements of open source and open standards.

NEW! Mobile Linux Pavilion: New this year, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has added a mobile Linux focus to both the conference, with the Mobile and Embedded Linux track, and to the exposition. Learn how top companies are implementing Linux in their mobile devices at this new pavilion, booth 912.

Enterprise Grid Solution Showcase: A true show "hot spot," the Enterprise Grid Solution Showcase will feature demonstrations of real Grid and service-oriented solutions. Talk to experts about the key technologies and standards shaping the adoption of Grid worldwide, and the practical real world products, solutions and services being deployed today. Booth 824.

The Golden Penguin Bowl: The infamous geek trivia game returns with host Jeremy Allison. Expect an epic battle as the Oracle nerds take on the MySQL geeks. This irreverent geek trivia game will determine who takes home the coveted Golden Penguin. Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Room 210.

Birds-of-a-Feather Meetings: Participate in discussions about the latest issues and technologies with like-minded open source professionals during these informal meetings.

.org Pavilion(R): Revamped and enlarged in collaboration with SourceForge.net, this zone on the LinuxWorld exhibit floor features non-profit organizations keeping the spirit of open source alive around the world. Hang out with core contributors in the open source community and meet Commander Taco at the new Slashdot Lounge. Participating organizations include X.org, Fedora Project, Ubuntu Linux, openSUSE.org, Linux Test Project, Free Software Foundation, OSSI, OpenOffice.org and many more.

LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards: Come see the top Linux and open source product exhibitors receive recognition for product and service innovations. The awards cover a wide variety of open source solutions categories, and are voted on by a panel of independent judges and industry experts. Visit the Product Excellence Theater, booth 802, to see finalists demonstrate their products during show hours. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on the exhibit floor on Wednesday April 5, 2006 at 12:30 p.m., booth 222.

Conference Program: LinuxWorld provides a comprehensive educational experience for the entire spectrum of open source users and enthusiasts, including corporate and IT executives, directors, administrators and developers.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/boston.

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/boston, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or Christian_Montminy@idg.com or Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or Ellen_Boland@idg.com.

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