Successful LinuxWorld Summit in New York Completed

FRAMINGHAM, MA – May 31, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the successful completion of that LinuxWorld(R) Summit New York – a conference driven version of the company's popular LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), that took place May 25-26, 2005 at the New York City Marriott Marquis.

LinuxWorld Summit New York 2005 brought together the leading industry experts, thought leaders and visionaries to discuss the most current and critical topics impacting Linux and Open Source adoption. The event also presented a showcase featuring an exclusive selection of the preeminent vendors in the Linux and Open Source arena highlighted by breakthrough technologies, innovative tools, and relevant IT services.

During the first-day keynote panel, moderated by Christopher Koch, executive editor of CIO Magazine, executives from Cendant, Citigroup, and ETrade discussed why their companies decided to switch to Linux and Open Source solutions, and how they plan to increase their use going forward. Josh Levine, chief technology and administrative officer, ETrade Group, said his company looked at Windows, but found that it would have been too expensive. He went on to say that Linux was the only other logical choice.

The second-day keynote panelists discussed the big changes they see coming in Open Source licensing. Eben Moglen, lawyer for the Free Software Foundation, said he believes the software industry is returning to being about a free exchange of ideas and code. "We are responding to a lengthy, but temporary period during which software was a proprietary, closed science," said Moglen. "The consequences of that process produced bad software at high prices. We are reversing that situation. What we do is help people think well and share."

Another highlight during the event was the high-profile introduction of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and e-mail communications in a sleek pocketsize format. During a press conference on May 25 at LinuxWorld Summit, Nokia detailed its newest product which features an impressive high-resolution widescreen display with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content over Wi-Fi. The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition which includes widely deployed desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The new product announcement was widely covered by all major media outlets including USA Today, Forbes and CNN/Money.

In addition, AMD announced the general availability of the full specification of its virtualization technology, "Pacifica," at LinuxWorld Summit. "Pacifica" is designed to enhance 64-bit client and server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers, workstations, desktops and mobile computers.

Two days of conference sessions explored issues around building a business on Linux and Open Source software, Linux and Open Source security, and data center and virtualization issues surrounding Linux. Those who spoke at the conference are the leading industry experts, thought leaders and visionaries from companies and organizations such as: Sourcefire, Dell, IBM, Novell, HP, Nokia, AMD, Sybase, OSDL, netForensics, Enterasys, Cassatt and many more.

Sponsors at LinuxWorld Summit included: Platinum sponsor Nokia; silver sponsors IBM, Novell, Sybase, Alebra, Aspeed, WRQ, Gillani, Etagon and Devicelinux.org. Media sponsors included InfoWorld, OSTG, Wall Street Technology Association, LinuxWorld Magazine, Linux.com, Linux Journal, LinuxQuestions.org and Linux Magazine.

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 sponsorship opportunities, please contact 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(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), 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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