Winners of Product Excellence Awards Announced at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston; IDG World Expo and LinuxWorld Magazine reward product and service innovation

BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 15, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, has announced the winners of the Product Excellence Awards at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), held this week at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Presented in conjunction with LinuxWorld Magazine, the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards recognize product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors.

Divided into 14 product categories, the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards represent major areas of innovation in the Linux and open Source Community. Judges were from LinuxWorld Magazine.

The "Best of Show" award, which recognizes the best total industry solution, was presented to Mambo for Mambo 4.5.1.

Additional award winners included:

Best Data Backup or Storage Solution:

BakBone Software, Inc: NetVault

Best Integration Solution:

Alacos: Linux Migration Agent Network Server Edition

Best Database Solution:

Versora: Progression DB

Best Security Solution:

Novell: Novell Nsure

Best Desktop/Productivity/Business Application:

Kirix Corporation: Kirix Strata

Best Utility/Grid Computing Solution:

Virtual Iron Software: Virtual Iron VFe

Best Server:

Rackable Systems: Rackable Systems C4002 4-Way Opteron Solution

Best Messaging Solution:

Scalix: Scalix 9.2

Most Innovative Hardware Solution:

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): AMD Opteron Model x52 processors

Best Clustering Solution:

HP: HP Virtual Server Environment

Best Open Source Solution:

Mambo: Mambo 4.5.1a

Best Embedded Solution:

Tall Maple Systems: Samara

Best Systems Management Tools:

Novell: ZENworks 6.5 Linux Management

Best Application Development Platform or Tool:

Activestate: Komodo 3.1 X2

"The LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards are the industry standard for innovation in the Linux community," said Warwick Davies, group vice president, IDG World Expo. "We are pleased to honor the developers of these products, which represent the very best technology available to users of Linux and Open Source."

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo runs through February 17 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. For more information on the event, visit

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 , or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact John Yurewicz at (508) 424-4852 or or Frank Netherwood at (508) 424-4860 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( ) 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

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