Open Source Community, Exhibitors Make News at LinuxWorld New York

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 28, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that 19,383 members of the Open Source community gathered in New York last week to learn about the latest Open Source trends, network with peers and test-drive the newest products. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source technologies, took place at New York City's Javits Center January 21-24, 2003.

 

To kick off its fifth year, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo propelled Linux and Open Source technology into 2003 with scores of case studies of successful enterprise implementations, new product introductions and a significant amount of educational content on a packed show floor. Following are some highlights:

AMD made a number of announcements, including beta availability of the 64-bit version of IBM's DB2 Universal Database software for servers based on the upcoming AMD Opteron processor.

Astaro Corporation announced Astaro Security Linux V4, its all-in-one Internet security software appliance which combines a firewall/ VPN gateway, anti-spam, a URL blocker, content filtering and virus protection for small and midsize businesses as well as enterprises. This complete software appliance bundles a hardened Linux operating system and can run on any Intel server.

Emic Networks announced Emic Application Cluster (EAC) for Apache, a new application-clustering product designed to provide the best price/performance Lintel-based cluster platform for horizontal scaling of Web applications.

Freshwater Software announced a Monitor Development Kit (MDK) and an accompanying hosted online community to support the growing community of technology providers and IT groups embracing the advantages of agentless monitors.

The GNOME Foundation reached an agreement with Bitstream to release fonts under an Open Source license, with 10 fonts to be released under a special license. These fonts will deliver advanced font capabilities to all developers and users of free and Open Source software.

Red Hat announced plans for a comprehensive framework as the next step in building an integrated enterprise Linux platform, including an enterprise systems management framework consisting of Red Hat Network's software delivery and maintenance functionality combined with a monitoring and reporting system.

IBM announced a variety of new hardware, software, and services offerings to help companies expand the use of Linux across an e-business infrastructure, making it easier to integrate everything from access devices to servers.

The SCO Group announced the development of SCOoffice Server, a backoffice suite for small-to-medium businesses which includes SCO Linux 4.0, SCOoffice Mail Server 2.0 and SCOoffice Base Server.

Storix introduced System Backup Administrator (SBA) for Linux, a full-featured backup management and flexible system recovery product supporting LVM, software RAID and all major filesystems.

Sun Microsystems and Ximian announced the Sun(TM) ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution to provide integration for Sun ONE users with Linux and Solaris(TM) desktops to the popular Evolution email and calendaring workgroup information client.

UnitedLinux unveiled its software developers program, the UnitedLinux Developer's Zone, and a Certification Program to be created jointly with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI).

"LinuxWorld provides IBM with a great opportunity to meet with our customers and other members of the open source community. In fact, more than 800 IBM customers and business partners joined us this year at LinuxWorld for the IBM customer day," said Jim Stallings, general manager, Linux, IBM. "The overwhelming customer response reaffirms IBM commitment to Linux and our unique ability to fulfill our customers' hardware, software, and services needs as they respond to the demands of a changing marketplace."

"As a new experience for our company, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo was fabulous," said ProActive Monitoring Chief Operating Officer Bob Mason. "We had few expectations and thought of our exhibit as a feedback opportunity. It turned out to be much, much more. We found niches of clients we did not expect and positive reactions to our service."

Also on the show floor, visitors stopped by the all-new Enterprise Solutions Center, an integrated, vendor-neutral pavilion showcasing best practices in Open Source integration through the eyes of a model financial management company. Sponsors making the Enterprise Solutions Center possible through their leading technologies and IT talent included Dell, HP, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Sybase, along with a host of Open Source Project teams such as Samba, Apache, Debian and SendMail.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees packed the keynotes and feature presentation to hear from some of the industry's leading companies.

In his opening keynote address, AMD President and CEO Hector Ruiz emphasized that the semiconductor industry needs to adopt a more collaborative business model and behave more like the Linux community for "true innovation." IBM Senior Vice President and Group Executive Steven A. Mills assured the audience that Linux is deeply embedded in the infrastructure and is here to stay.. Keynoter Randy Mott, senior vice president and CIO of Dell Computer Corporation, described Dell's successful switch to Linux within the company's sales functions, but also warned that the industry needs to focus on constant, dramatic innovation to ensure progress continues.

Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann and Jeffrey M. Birnbaum took center stage to present their Financial Services Case Study Keynote, which outlined Morgan Stanley's recent Unix-to-Linux migration and resulting cost savings for its computing environment.

The Linux Financial Summit made a successful debut at LinuxWorld in New York, addressing Linux and Open Source solutions for the financial industry with three days of in-depth sessions. The Egenera and HP-sponsored Summit featured sessions hosted by Credit Suisse First Boston, Egenera, HP, Intel, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), Red Hat, Reuters and Salomon Smith Barney. Among the presenters was Larry Augustin, who led a panel entitled "Linux on Wall Street: Practical Experience Implementing Linux in Financial Services." The panel highlighted real world examples from Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.

Conference program participation was up from LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/New York 2002 by 64 percent, a testament to the operating system's increased visibility. For the first time, the conference program not only offered attendees a chance to learn about the latest developments to help their businesses achieve success by implementing Linux and Open Source Software, but also targeted specific industries (government, telecommunications and finance) to show how that success was achieved. From introductory to advanced subject matter, LinuxWorld offered attendees educational content through dozens of sessions such as the packed "Introduction to LDAP," led by Gerald Carter, who directs the Samba team at Hewlett-Packard. A dedicated track on the latest security updates featured sessions presented by leading experts such as Jay Beale of Bastille Linux and Michael Warfield of Internet Security Systems.

The LinuxWorld conference program also offered a look at how Open Source software is impacting the government, along with different projects that are being deployed. Representatives from NATO, Development InfoStructure (dev-IS), Naval Oceanographic Office, US Census Bureau, project eGovOS, National Technology Alliance (NTA), Lawrence Berkeley National Lab/NERSC, Jefferson County, Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gave firsthand accounts on how Open Source software is working for them.

The Open Source Product Excellence Awards, sponsored by OSDN and presented in conjunction with the UniForum Association and IDG World Expo, recognized nine companies for their innovation in the Linux and Open Source community. New categories this year included Best Front Office Solution, Best Cluster Solution and Best Sys Admin Tools.

Award winners include:

Best Network/Server Application: SuSE – Linux OpenExchange Server

Best Developer Tools: IBM – Websphere Studio Application Developer V.5

Best Data Storage Solution: IBM – Tivoli Storage Manager

Best System Integration Software: Microsoft – Services for Unix 3.0

Best Security Solution: Computer Associates – eTrust Antivirus

Best Open Source Project: Ximian – Mono

Best Front Office Solution: Ximian – Evolution

Best Productivity Application: HRsmart – Applicant Tracking

Best Cluster Solution: Red Hat – Advanced Server

Best Sys Admin Tools: SCO Group – Volution Manager

Best of Show: SGI – Altix 3000

The Golden Penguin Bowl resulted in a win for the Nerds after three hard-fought rounds which were punctuated by humor. For the first time, a tie-breaker question was needed following the final round when both the Nerds and the Geeks managed to come up with enough points to earn a tie score of 11,500. Hosted by Damage Studios' Chris DiBona, Bowl participants included Jeremy Allison (Samba Team/HP), Gerald Carter (Samba Team/HP), Scott Collins (Mozilla), Danese Cooper (Sun Microsystems), Rob Malda (Slashdot.org), Jason Perlow (Linux Magazine), Stacy Quandt (Giga), Dan Quinlan, Adam Turoff (Turoff Research) and Art Tyde (Sputnik Communications Corp.).

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo takes place August 4-7, 2003 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. For more information, visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

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