Open Source Makes Big Strides at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo; Open Source Companies Strike Deals, Solve Real Business Challenges

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 6, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, reported today that its LinuxWorld Conference & Expo last week reflected a maturing market and a positive outlook for Open Source technology. LinuxWorld took place January 29th – February 1st at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. From the exhibit floor to product announcements to conference sessions, the show demonstrated many successful real-life Open Source applications in retail, entertainment, oil and gas and manufacturing industries.

 

"We are encouraged to see how Linux is making inroads in the enterprise and pleased with the feedback we've received from exhibitors who are generating solid leads and closing sales at LinuxWorld," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "As the leading event focused solely on Linux and Open Source, LinuxWorld provides the ideal environment for education, networking with peers and product evaluation."

Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, delivered the opening keynote address to a standing-room-only crowd on January 30th. Fiorina highlighted HP's success in Linux through its customers and stated that the company's proposed merger with Compaq Computer Corporation benefits Linux due to a "deeply shared belief in standards-based platforms and technologies." Later that day, keynoter William M. Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive of IBM's Server Group, predicted that Linux and other Open Source technologies will significantly change e-business and loosen the stranglehold proprietary technologies have long held on information technology.

Sanjay Kumar, president and CEO of Computer Associates International, Inc., discussed the evolution of Linux as a strategic platform and how effective infrastructure management plays a critical role in ensuring the success of Linux in the enterprise. Kumar's January 31st keynote address followed CA's announcement earlier in the week of 23 new Linux-related products. Scott McNeil, executive director of The Free Standards Group, engaged the audience as he hosted a feature presentation entitled "Building the Foundation for World Domination: Free Standards for Global Markets & Individual Empowerment."

"LinuxWorld this year was fantastic!" said Jerry Patterson, technical marketing manager, Caldera International, Inc. "Meeting face-to-face with strategic partners has added great value to being here. In addition, the international scope of attendees has fueled global interest in Caldera's award-winning products and company strategy. Caldera provides Powerful Choices, and I believe we made the right choice by attending LinuxWorld."

On the show floor, a number of companies leading the charge in Open Source were out in full force, including AMD, HANCOM LINUX, Intel, Myricom, Sistina Software, Sun Microsystems, Ximian and many other highly innovative companies. Exhibitors made dozens of announcements, including:

Caldera International, Inc. announced February shipment of Caldera(R) Volution(TM) Manager 1.1, a secure, Web-based management and administration solution that now supports the latest versions of all major Linux distributions as well as Caldera OpenServer and Open Unix products

Compaq unveiled the ProLiant BL e-Class, the first tier of the new Compaq ProLiant BL Line of industry-standard server blades engineered for the enterprise

Covalent Technologies announced a new packaged solution containing Covalent's enterprise Web server software pre-loaded on certain Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) ProLiant servers

Egenera, Inc. received a significant order for its Egenera(TM) BladeFrame(TM) systems from Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB); Credit Suisse plans to use the solution to help reduce time-to-market, keep applications online, improve data-center management and lower cost of ownership

IBM announced a new customer relationship with E-Trade, the online personal financial services company, in which E-Trade will move its architecture to IBM Intel servers running Linux.

MontaVista Software Inc. announced MontaVista(TM) Linux(R) 2.1, the next generation of the company's classic embedded operating platform which enables a broader range of embedded applications

NuSphere Corporation announced support for Web services developed with an integrated package of NuSphere(R) PHPEd(TM) and popular open source technologies, such as Apache, Perl and MySQL

Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) created two technical working groups to develop feature roadmaps for Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux; initial corporate participants in the Carrier Grade Linux Working Group include Cisco, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel, LynuxWorks, MontaVista and Nokia

Red Hat announced expanded enterprise offerings for its Red Hat Network service which will allow large organizations to securely and easily manage their Red Hat Linux deployments over the Web

Sharp Electronics showed off its versatile Zaurus SL-5500 Linux-based PDA to a very enthusiastic crowd; on-floor sales were reportedly brisk of the device which features mobile communications, mobile multimedia, keyboard integration and

Also at LinuxWorld, IDG World Expo announced a number of prestigious industry awards. The $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award went to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Presented in conjunction with the UniForum Association, the Open Source Product Excellence Awards winners included Borland, Caldera International, Computer Associates, MontaVista Software and TurboLinux. The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) presented its $25,000 Enterprise Achievement Award to Australian software developer Andrew James Tridgell, the creator of Samba.

"LinuxWorld is the must-attend event for our organization," said Scott McNeil, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "The high quality of the attendees, exhibitors and the conference program make LinuxWorld a very worthwhile investment."

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will take place at San Francisco's Moscone Center, August 12-15, 2002.

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 www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call 800/657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood (A-Ib) at 508/424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com or Beverly Griffith (Ic-Z) at 508/424-4852 or Beverly_Griffith@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, which features COMNET Wireless, Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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