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01/18/2007

What’s Really Happening With Linux On The Desktop? Find Out At LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 18, 2007 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, today announced that LinuxWorld OpenSolutions(R) Summit(TM) will deliver compelling conference content that will address one of the hottest ongoing topics in open source – Linux on the Desktop; what's really happening and is it ready for the enterprise? Attendees will also learn about the latest on user interfaces and new applications for enhancing the user experience from executives at Novell, OSDL, IBM, Adobe Systems and many more. The OpenSolutions Summit is scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Headlining the list of presentations is Novell CIO Debra Anderson, who will deliver a keynote entitled "Open Source Adoption – A Real Life Story." During this revealing presentation, Anderson will share her experiences as she led Novell's internal migration to OpenOffice and the SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop. As first adopters of their own technology and other open source technology, Novell learned fascinating lessons that will help organizations understand the challenges and opportunities of open source throughout the enterprise.

Additional panels and presentations scheduled throughout the two-day event include:

— Flexing Penguin Muscle: The next generation of Flash Player on Linux. This session will provide insight into the technical issues, choices and lessons learned from the process of developing and supporting top Adobe Flash Player features across multiple distributions. Presenters include Emmy Huang, Flash Product Manager for Linux, Adobe Systems, Inc. and James Ward, Technical Evangelist, Adobe Systems, Inc.

— The Evolving Linux Desktop & Tips on assessing your Open Client Strategy. The focus of this discussion will be the recent progress of the Linux desktop by the supporting vendors, the Linux distributions, ISVs, and the Linux Desktop technical community. Presented by Greg Kelleher, Sr. Program Manager, Worldwide Linux Desktop Strategy, IBM and Guy Lunardi, Sr. Product Manager, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Novell, Inc.

— The Heartbeat of Desktop Linux: An OSDL DTL Panel. Join the OSDL Desktop Linux working group as they share and discuss what is driving Linux on the desktop forward. Attendees of this session will gain a better understanding of the emerging Linux desktop market, how the open source desktop community is working together to advance an Open Desktop, and how technology updates and market forces are nurturing desktop Linux in new markets.

— Linux Desktop 2007. This panel shares successful desktop application migration strategies for IT decision makers. The panel will be moderated by Don Marti, Site Editor, LinuxWorld.com, and includes panelists Ian Murdock, CTO, Free Standards Group, Jeremy White, CEO, Code Weavers, Inc. and Sam Hiser, Vice President & Director Business Affairs, OpenDocument Foundation, Inc.

For a complete schedule of the Linux of the Desktop track, please visit: www.linuxworldsummit.com/live/14/events/14NYC07A/conference/tracks

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. Attendees can register at www.linuxworldsummit.com . Conference passes are available for $995 and Sponsor Showcase passes are available at no cost to qualified attendees.

About LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit www.linuxworldsummit.com . For sponsorship opportunities 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 tradeshows 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 Entertainment For All (E For All), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), Next Generation Data Center, SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness, RoboNexus and RoboDevelopment Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About International Data Group (IDG)

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