Successful LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco Completed; Attendance Surpasses the 10,000 Mark for the Flagship Linux and Open Source Event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 31, 2006 – IDG World Expo today announced the successful completion of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), held August 14-17, 2006. More than 10,000 participants from around the globe arrived at San Francisco's Moscone Center to examine the latest products and solutions, hear about emerging trends in the industry and experience new content. This year's event also paid tribute to the 15-year anniversary of the kernel with a spirited panel discussion entitled "Celebrating 20 Years of Linux" which highlighted several industry milestones while envisioning the future of Linux. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2007 is scheduled to take place August 6-9 at the Moscone Center.

"We're extremely pleased with the results of LinuxWorld San Francisco," said Melinda Kendall, group vice president at IDG World Expo. "The exhibit hall was crowded with attendees, media coverage of the event was tremendous, the conference program was very well attended and several of our new programs including CIO Summit, Linux in the Channel Day and Healthcare Day were extremely well received."

Two key themes that resonated throughout the show were mobile Linux and virtualization. Motorola, Nokia and PalmSource, all new exhibitors at LinuxWorld San Francisco, touted their line of mobile Linux products and two keynote addresses focused on these themes: "Creating Must-Have Mobile Experiences With Linux," by Greg Bisio, Corporate Vice President of Motorola, and "Where Virtualization is Leading Your IT Department" by Peter Levine, CEO, XenSource. All of the keynote addresses from LinuxWorld can be downloaded from the LinuxWorld web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com .

Once again, the LinuxWorld exhibit floor featured the key companies that are driving the future of Linux and open source, including AMD, Alfresco, Black Duck Software, CA, Dell, HP, Fujitsu, IBM, Ingres, Intel, Levanta, Motorola, Novell, Oracle, PalmSource, SAP, Scalix Corporation, SugarCRM, ubuntu, Virtuas Open Source Solutions and many more. These exhibitors used the LinuxWorld stage to announce new product and service offerings, or other breaking news relevant to the Linux and open source industry.

Additional highlights of the conference included keynote presentations from executives at companies including Creative Commons, Nationwide, XenSource, Motorola and Intel; over 100 conference sessions, labs and tutorials that educated, trained and illustrated how companies across the globe have achieved higher profits and increased their productivity by utilizing Linux; the Golden Penguin Bowl which featured Novell and ubuntu; the first-ever CIO Summit, Linux in the Channel Day and Linux Healthcare Day; and Linux certification testing by the Linux Professional Institute. In addition, Novell and PalmSource each held a Developer Day and Best of Brainshare Program, respectively.

One final highlight of the Expo was the introduction of Linuxworld.com in conjunction with Network World. This new site is an affiliate site to the official LinuxWorld Expo web site and will serve as an additional news and content portal for the Linux and open source community.

An official audit of the actual number of attendees will be available by September 15th, 2006.

The next LinuxWorld event – the inaugural LinuxWorld OpenSolutions(TM) Summit – is scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007 in New York City. For more information visit www.linuxworldexpo.com .

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 Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions(TM) Summit, Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

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