Open Source Software Gurus Converge in San Francisco Next Week to Discuss the Future of Open Source Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 18, 2008 – InfoWorld's Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) is set to begin Tuesday, March 25th when open source software professionals from around the world convene in San Francisco to discuss the future of making open source software useful and profitable in the business environment. Taking place March 25-26 at the Palace Hotel, the conference will focus on the complete open source ecosystem — vendor, end-user, venture capitalist, and legal. Passes to attend the event are available at or can be purchased onsite at the Palace Hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Headlining the keynote sessions will be Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst, CBS Interactive VP of Advanced Technologies Steven Pearson, Microsoft SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Brad Smith, Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions CTO Jon Williams, and Hewlett-Packard VP of Open Source Christine Martino.

The 2008 OSBC Agenda offers presentations and panel discussions from well-known industry leaders including Alfresco, Electronic Arts, the Linux Foundation, MySQL, The New York Times, North Bridge Venture Partners, PayPal, Synovus Financial, The Weather Channel Interactive, and more. The event will feature four conference tracks: Putting Open Source to Work for the CIO/CTO, Putting Open Source to Work for the CEO/CMO, Putting Open Source to Work for the General Counsel and Putting Open Source to Work: Highlighted Products and Services. A number of sessions will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. More details on the Agenda and CLE program are available at: .

Current sponsors include: ActiveState, Adaptive Planning, Baker & McKenzie LLP, BitRock, Black Duck, Cleversafe, Cooley Godward Kronish, Digium, DLA Piper, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Enomaly, EnterpriseDB, Goodwin Procter, Holme Roberts & Owen, HP, Ingres, IONA, Jefferies, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, KnowledgeTree, Linagora, Microsoft, MySQL, North Bridge, Novell, OpenLogic, Oracle, Pentaho, ProcessMaker, Red Hat, the rSmart Group, SugarCRM, Trolltech, Univa UD, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, WS02, xTuple and Zenoss.

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