Record Breaking Attendance at First East Coast LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA — February 7, 2000 – Last week the largest LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in its history took place in New York City with over 20,000 attendees and 185 exhibitors turning out for the show’s East Coast debut. The show turned up the volume on the impact the Linux industry is having on the stock market as share prices showed a marked rise during the Linux community’s visit to the Big Apple.

"The success of this show clearly demonstrates the powerful momentum the Linux industry is building," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "In one year, we have exponentially grown this event to be the premiere Linux-only event in the industry and garnered the attention of the financial community with this first New York event."

The show featured keynote presentations by Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Larry Augustin, president, founder and CEO, VA Linux Systems, a Linux Showdown hosted by Network World’s John Gallant and major industry announcements including the following:

VA Linux Systems announced the acquisition of for more than $800 million

IBM previewed a multi-million system that will run on nominally free software. IBM also announced its backing of the open source operating system for thin client computers

Trillion Project, comprised of VA Linux Systems, Cygnus, Caldera, SuSE, TurboLinux, IBM, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard, CERN and SGI, announced a 64-bit Linux operating system to run on Intel’s new 64-bit chip, Itanium

Dell announced plans to sell two laptop models equipped with Red Hat Linux 6.1, certified by Linuxcare

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced that the next version of the Linux kernel, Linux 2.4 will be ready this summer

Event attendees selected "Show Favorite" award winners. Votes were cast on ballots using web-based kiosks on the show floor to select favorites in various categories. Sponsored by Omnis Software, the overall "Show Favorite" award was presented to Enhanced Software who received the most votes by conference attendees. In addition, the following companies won "Show Favorite" awards in the categories identified below:

Database: IBM

Development Tools: Corel Corporation

Desktop: Troll Tech

Distribution: SuSE

Hardware: VA Linux Systems

Internet/Intranet/Extranet: Chili!Soft

Office Suite: SourceGear

Peripherals/Support: VA Linux Systems

Publications: Linux Journal

Servers: Computer I/0

Software Utilities: Lone Star Software Corporation

The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will be held in San Jose, CA, August 14 — 17, 2000. For more information, visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (, an entrepreneurial business unit of IDG, is focused on launching and managing trade events for cutting-edge and emerging IT markets worldwide. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of next-generation IT events and conferences to enable technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. Events owned and managed by IDG World Expo include Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Windows 2000 Conference & Expo. In addition, IDG World Expo owns MACWORLD Expo and ComNet. IDG ( is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions, and has annual revenues of $2.35 billion.

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