LinuxWorld Expands To OpenSource World Conference & Expo ; New event includes LinuxWorld and will support and enlarge the vibrant open source market

FRAMINGHAM, MA – October 7, 2008 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today announced the launch of OpenSource World™ Conference & Expo, a new event that will focus exclusively on open source software and all things Linux, bringing together industry leaders who are shaping the future of new enterprise technology. OpenSource World will include the key features of LinuxWorld®, but will offer a strong focus on supporting and enlarging not only the Linux market, but the overarching open source technology umbrella. OpenSource World is scheduled to take place August 10-13, 2009, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

OpenSource World is targeted towards IT decision makers in midsize to large enterprises including IT Architects, IT management, and IT staff, as well as corporate developers, ISVs, and resellers seeking real practical business advantage. The event will include a full conference program with content provided by industry experts, and will feature an exhibit floor featuring over 150 companies representing a range of products and services around open source and Linux solutions including applications, hardware, services, management tools, operating systems, security, and storage.

“In the past ten years the open source market has evolved tremendously. In 1999, it made perfect sense to create the LinuxWorld event, an exclusively Linux show. But, over the years, the event expanded beyond just Linux," said Melinda Kendall, vice president and general manager, OpenSource World. “While Linux is the most prominent of hundreds of increasingly successful open source projects, the time is right for us to provide the industry with an event that encompasses not just Linux, but everything under the open source umbrella.”

The conference program will feature technical sessions covering the key themes in enterprise IT, including applications, security, power efficiency, virtualization, cloud computing, systems management and automation, and legal and licensing issues. Keynotes will feature CIOs from major companies discussing the innovative solutions they are deploying now, and in the future, in their enterprises.

IT professionals will have an extra incentive to attend OpenSource World because it will be co-located with IDG World Expo’s 3(rd) annual Next Generation Data Center (NGDC) event. The two events will feature separate conference programs but will share the exhibit floor, which attendees from either conference can visit. Both events, including the conference programs, show floor, and keynotes and feature presentations, will be held in Moscone West.

What industry leaders are saying about OpenSource World:

Inna Kuznetsova, Director of Linux at IBM

“For a decade LinuxWorld provided a much needed forum for technical and business debates to help establish Linux as a powerful choice. We have been proud to support LinuxWorld as part of IBM's overall commitment to Linux. Now that Linux has been firmly established in the mainstream and gained broad acceptance in datacenters, it is time for different and expanded discussions. We welcome IDG World Expo’s decision to celebrate the evolution and success of Linux by recreating the conference to focus on a wide spectrum of open source issues, including Linux."

Doug Small, Director, Solutions Marketing and Global Alliances, HP

"HP continues to extend its worldwide commitment to Linux and open source software to help customers lower data center costs and accelerate growth. We believe the evolution of this conference into a broader event that fully embraces the vibrant open source community will increase adoption of Linux and open source as key technologies."

Jim Zemlin, President, Linux Foundation

"For the past 10 years, IDG World Expo’s LinuxWorld has participated in the rapid rise of Linux from hobby to ubiquity throughout the enterprise and all areas of computing. We look forward to participating in the new Open Source World and its focus on Linux and other emerging open source technologies that are following the lead of Linux."

For more information or to register for the event, please visit: www.opensourceworld.com.

About OpenSource World

OpenSource World Conference & Expo will be the most comprehensive event focusing exclusively on open source software and all things Linux, bringing together industry leaders shaping the future of new enterprise technology in the largest single gathering of business and technical leaders deploying Linux and open source solutions. For more information or to register for the event, visit the OpenSource World website at www.opensourceworld.com or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or amy_bonner@idg.com or Giovanni Stein at (508) 424-4864 or Giovanni_stein@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All® (E For All®), E3 Media & Business Summit, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, OpenSource World™ Conference & Expo, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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