Open Source Business Conference Kicks Off on Tuesday, November 1 in Boston

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 28, 2005 – Open Source Business Conference, LLC today gave a preview of Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), taking place November 1-2, 2005 at the Boston Marriott Newton. Two days of conference sessions and keynotes will explore controversial issues around building a business on open source software and offer insights to commercial success.

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.

Keynotes

Keynote speeches will be given by Hal Stern, CTO, Software, Sun Microsystems; Jason Matusow, Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft; Dirk Hohndel, Linux and Open Source Strategy, Intel; Ron Hovsepian, EVP and President, Worldwide Field Operations, Novell; and Eben Moglen, Chair, Software Freedom Law Center. A CIO Panel will be moderated by David Skok, General Partner, Matrix Partners, with C-Level panelists from Fidelity Investments, CIO magazine, LabMorgan (JPMorgan Chase), Priceline.com, NLG and CitiStreet.

Conference Track Topics

— 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.

Sponsors

Cornerstone sponsor Sun Microsystems is joined by Platinum sponsors Microsoft, Novell and Sybase; Gold sponsors EMC Corporation, Goodwin Procter LLC, Intel and SugarCRM; Silver sponsors Active Endpoints, ActiveGrid, Black Duck Software, Centeris, EnterpriseDB, Funambol, North Bridge Venture Partners, Optaros, Pentaho, Virtuas and Zimbra; and Legal track sponsors include Alston & Bird LLP, Choate, Hall & Stewart, and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP.

OSBC Emerging Elite Showcase

The OSBC Emerging Elite Showcase is the ideal forum for IT buyers to see the next generation of IT providers. Awards will also be presented during the show for the top companies in the Showcase. At the April OSBC, the four emerging open source startup companies selected as "Ones to Watch" were: BitTorrent ( http://www.bittorrent.com ); Groundwork Open Source Solutions ( www.itgroundwork.com ); Realm Systems ( www.realmsys.com ); and SugarCRM ( www.sugarcrm.com ).

For more information or to register for this event, please visit http://www.osbc.com .

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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