Open Source Business Conference in Boston to Focus on CIO Issues, Intellectual Property, and Emerging Trends in Open Source

FRAMINGHAM, MA – October 3, 2005 – Open Source Business Conference, LLC today announced that the Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), the premier event for Open Source software and business, will consist of three conference tracks focused on: CIO Issues; Emerging Trends in Open Source; and Intellectual Property. OSBC is scheduled to be held November 1-2, 2005 at the Boston Marriott Newton. A guest appearance from Thomas Friedman, noted author (The World Is Flat, The Lexus and the Olive Tree), is also expected.

Two days of conference sessions will explore controversial issues around building a business on Open Source software and offer insights to commercial success. Tracks include:

— CIO Issues: Sessions targeted at the CIO or others interested in knowing where and how Open Source software is being used within the enterprise, with an emphasis on new growth areas for Open Source.

— Emerging Trends: Sessions highlighting the industry's most successful emerging Open Source business strategies.

— Intellectual Property: Sessions illuminating the complex legal issues undergirding Open Source software, from patents to dual licensing to corporate review boards to GPL 3.0 and beyond.

Highlights from the nearly 30 conference sessions are:

— CIO Issues: "The Future of Enterprise Email," with speakers from Zimbra, Scalix Corporation, Funambol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Courts.

— CIO Issues: "CIO Panel: Beyond Linux in the Enterprise," moderated by David Skok, General Partner, Matrix Partners with panelists from, CIO magazine, LabMorgan (JP Morgan Chase) and Fidelity Investments.

— Emerging Trends: "Pitching the CIO," moderated by Dave Power, General Partner, Fidelity Ventures, with panelists from ActiveGrid, EnterpriseDB Corp, XenSource, Fidelity Investments, State Street Corporation, Putnam Investments, Fannie Mae and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

— Emerging Trends: "Open Source and Web 2.0: The LAMP that Launched a Thousand Startups," moderated by Bob Lisbonne, General Partner, Matrix Partners, with panelists from IBM, Renkoo, Inc., MySQL and Zend Technologies.

— Intellectual Property: "The Inevitable Evolution of Enterprise Apps to Open Source," moderated by Robin Vasan, Managing Director, Mayfield, with panelists from Alfresco, JBoss, SpikeSource and Hartford Financial Services Group.

— Intellectual Property: "Moving from Apprehension to Appreciation and Adoption – Managing a Mixed IP Environment," with speakers from Black Duck Software.

— Intellectual Property: "Going 'Open' — Dipping a Toe or Jumping Into the Pool," with speakers from Greenberg Traurig LLP, and North Bridge Venture Partners.

OSBC is designed for IT business executives (buyers and vendors), venture capitalists, attorneys, and other decision-makers tasked with developing businesses that leverage Open Source software. It explores the legal, investment, vendor and customer risks, rewards, and opportunities presented by Open Source software.

Speakers and panelists at Open Source Business Conference represent a wide range of organizations, including: HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, MontaVista, Novell, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Dell, JP Morgan, Yahoo!, Goodwin Procter; Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Alston & Bird LLP, Choate, Hall & Stewart, Greenberg Traurig LLP, JBoss, MySQL, Scalix, SugarCRM, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. Department of Labor, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Ventures, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners.

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About OSBC

The Open Source Business Conference(TM) is the only event that provides an educational forum for business leaders (both IT buyers and vendors), lawyers and venture capitalists focusing on the opportunities and challenges that open source technology presents. Attend this exceptional conference program led by well known thought leaders and industry executives and become part of the event where important issues are discussed and the future will be determined.

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