Open Source Business Conference Sponsors Include Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, Intel, EMC, Goodwin Procter and SugarCRMl; November 1-2 event in Boston features leading companies and hottest Open Source startups

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 17, 2005 – Open Source Business Conference, LLC today announced the lineup of sponsors for the Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), scheduled for November 1-2, 2005 at the Boston Marriott Newton. Sponsors include Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, Intel, EMC, Goodwin Procter, SugarCRM and many others. The OSBC Startup Showcase will highlight approximately 20 of the industry's most promising Open Source startups.

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.

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.

In addition, the OSBC Startup Showcase will provide an unparalleled "coming out" party for the industry's most promising Open Source startups. At last April's OSBC, 25 startups participated in the showcase and many have since received funding. In many instances, the connection between startup and venture capital was made at OSBC. Approximately 20 startups will be selected from an estimated pool of 150+ potential Open Source startups, and these companies will be on display.

The OSBC Startup 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 Sources 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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