Successful LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005 in Boston Completed – Event Moving to Larger Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 2, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the successful completion of Boston's inaugural LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), held February 14-17 at the Hynes Convention Center. Due to the event's success, next year's East Coast edition of LinuxWorld will move to the larger, state-of-the-art Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in South Boston. The date has also been moved forward to April 3-6, 2006 to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather in New England.

LinuxWorld New York Summit, a newly announced conference driven event, is scheduled for May 25-26, 2005 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The conference will feature tracks titled: The Business Effects of Linux and Open Source; Integration and Management; and Security: Inside and Out – with speakers from IBM, HP, OSDL, X.org, AMD, Dell and others. LinuxWorld New York Summit will also present a showcase component featuring an exclusive selection of the preeminent vendors in the Linux and Open Source arena.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco is scheduled for August 8-11, 2005 at the Moscone Center.

"We're extremely pleased with the results of this inaugural LinuxWorld in Boston," said Warwick Davies, group vice president at IDG World Expo. "The exhibit hall floor was packed with exhibitors and attendees, media coverage of the event was tremendous and the conference program was very well attended. Additionally, the exhibitors were thrilled by the quality of the audience this year in Boston."

Hundreds of new products were introduced at the event by companies such as IBM, Novell, HP, Red Hat, Oracle, Computer Associates, MySQL, CA, Sun and many others. The event featured an exhibit hall packed with over 180 of the most innovative companies serving the Linux and Open Source community – up from 150 exhibitors the previous year. The .Org pavilion hosted the non-profit organizations in the Linux community, and the Linux Rookery hosted Linux start-up companies and first time exhibitors.

Highlights of the conference included keynotes by Novell's CEO Jack Messman, CA's president and CEO-elect John Swainson, MySQL's CEO Marten Mickos, HP's VP of Linux Martin Fink, and Internet guru John Patrick of Attitude LLC; Nearly 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 fastest-growing operating system in the world; Free Linux certification testing by the Linux Professional Institute; and a "Linux in Government" breakfast hosted by Peter Quinn, the CIO of Massachusetts.

For more information or to register for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco 2005 or LinuxWorld Summit New York, please 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 John Yurewicz at (508) 424-4852 or John_Yurewicz@idg.com or Frank Netherwood at (508) 424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@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. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio–IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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