Raucous “GEEKS ONLY” Game Show Joins LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Lineup

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUNARY 22, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the world’s leading producer of IT-focused conferences and expositions, said today that it expects the Golden Penguin Bowl, a high-spirited geeks only game show, to be a major draw at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. The event will take place January 30 February 2, 2001 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It is expected to be the largest gathering of Linux operating system vendors and developers to date.


The Golden Penguin Bowl began last year in San Jose as the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Geek Bowl. Like its predecessor, the Golden Penguin Bowl will pit notable personalities from the open source community against one another, in a race to answer arcane trivia questions. In a new development, four LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees, selected from the audience, will also be invited to take the stage.

"The Golden Penguin Bowl defines the spirit and technical brainpower of the Linux community", said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "The Golden Penguin Bowl is the kind of innovative event that keeps attendees coming back for more. It was packed last summer, and we expect an even bigger turnout for the Golden Penguin Bowl in New York."

Greco added, "Last year’s competition was intense and hilarious. 'Was the last breath in 2001: A Space Odyssey an inhalation or an exhalation?' Some of the answers the contestants came up with were mind-boggling, as were most of the questions."

Nicholas Petreley, last year’s host, will act as moderator of the Golden Penguin Bowl. Petreley, Linux Evangelist for Caldera Systems, and Contributing Editor for LinuxWorld Magazine and InfoWorld Magazine, helped create the obscure questions contestants will confront.

"Coming up with questions can be harder than answering them," said Petreley. "Some of the questions may be about writing Linux code, or about major developments in the computer industry. Other questions will focus on the kinds of trivia geeks generally know quite a bit about – like comic books, Star Trek, and video games. Those things seem to speak to the inner nerd in all of us."

Members of each winning team will each take home a coveted "Golden Penguin" Trophy. Contestants in the Golden Penguin Bowl include:

· Erik B. Andersen, Developer, Debian/GNU Linux

· Bryan Andreg, IT Specialist, Red Hat

· Chris DiBona, Linux Community Evangelist, VA Linux Systems

· Jordan Hubbard, President, Free BSD

· Sunil Saxena, Principle Engineer – Microcomputer Software Labs, Intel

· Arthur F. Tyde III, CEO and Co-Founder, Linuxcare

The Golden Penguin Bowl will take place in the Special Events Hall on Wednesday, January 31st from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

Other LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Highlights

Attendees will also be front and center for a series of in-depth analyses and perspectives offered by industry leaders. Sam Palmisano, IBM’s president and chief operating officer, will be delivering a much-anticipated opening keynote address at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo on Wednesday, January 31. Palmisano is expected to discuss IBM’s plans for incorporating what he calls "open standards" into its organization.

In addition to Palmisano’s opening keynote address, other featured speakers include: William A. Swope, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager, Intel Architecture Solutions Enabling Group (SEG), will deliver his keynote address on Thursday, February 1, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Swope will explore the use of Linux in the enterprise. Larry Augustin, founder, president and chief executive officer, VA Linux Systems, will speak on Thursday, February 1, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Dirk Hohndel, chief technology officer, SuSE Linux AG, will address the Linux community on Friday, February 2, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Hohndel will discuss how and why large organizations are using Open Source software.

Other highlights from LinuxWorld Conference & Expo:

· Review sessions and testing for Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator (LCA) Level, a $5,100 value, will be offered free to all conference attendees who register before January 15, 2001

· The Caldera Learning Center, located on the show floor, will provide attendees with a free, hands-on opportunity to test drive Caldera’s products

· The .Org Pavilion, sponsored by VA Linux, will give attendees the opportunity to meet and share ideas with leading figures who are driving the Linux phenomenon

· The prestigious $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award will be presented to an organization, association or individual who has shown exceptional dedication to the open source movement

· A panel of industry experts will recognize product and service innovations with the Show Favorites Awards, presented in conjunction with the Uniforum Association

· On-site registration will begin for the next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 27-30, 2001, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, a venue better able to accommodate the show’s growing popularity

The four-day LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will provide an in-depth conference program including 14 tutorials, up to 50 conference sessions and more than 200 exhibitors. The conference tutorials will take place on Tuesday, January 30, and will be broken into half-day sessions. Conference sessions will run from Wednesday, January 31 through Friday, February 2.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed 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 ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo and Internet Entertainment Expo (IEX). IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.


About IDG

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