October 28, 2003

IDG World Unveils Keynote Line-up for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

Amazon.com, Computer Associates, IBM, Novell and Oracle to address
Linux community

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 28, 2003 - IDG World Expo, the leading
producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for
technology markets around the globe, today announced the keynote line-up
for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® in New York City, taking place January
20-23, 2004 at the Javits Center. Representatives from Amazon.com,
Computer Associates, IBM, Novell and Oracle will deliver keynote
presentations detailing success stories and strategies for adapting to
an open source world.

Novell, Inc., will kick off LinuxWorld with the opening keynote, "Open
Source Meets Traditional Software Development: Transitioning Business
Models, Development Practices, and Corporate Culture to Embrace Open
Source." Scheduled for delivery by Chris Stone, vice chairman of the
Office of the CEO, this keynote will focus on the benefits of devoting
developer resources to open source projects, as well as the flexibility,
cost savings and software quality that companies can expect with open

"As enterprises transition to open source they gain benefits in terms
of flexibility and total cost of ownership, but the move also forces new
thinking about traditional information technology," said Jack Messman,
chairman and CEO of Novell. "The idea of putting the corporate crown
jewels on systems developed on an open source model runs counter to the
normal IT approach. The bottom line is that open source is, and should
be, a reliable and secure component of any IT infrastructure."

Dave Dargo, vice president of Oracle Corporation's Linux Program
Office, will cover "What Comes After Unbreakable Linux?" during his
keynote presentation at LinuxWorld. Dargo will discuss the next set of
challenges faced by companies standardizing on Linux.

"Countless enterprises have already decided to make the move to Linux,"
said Dargo. "But now they're asking, 'Now what?' In my keynote
presentation at LinuxWorld, I'll deconstruct the debate surrounding
server consolidation vs. standards consolidation, open source vs. closed
source implementations, and how best to support their
environments."senior vice president and chief architect of the Linux
Technology Group at Computer Associates

In another keynote presentation, "Linux & The Amazon.com Platform,"
Amazon.com vice president of Infrastructure Tom Killalea will explain
the role of Linux in the development and delivery of the company's

"With more than 37 million active customer accounts, 500,000 sellers
and 35,000 independent Web services developers, Amazon.com needs a
reliable and scalable e-commerce platform," said Killalea. "Using Linux,
we are able to take advantage of new technology while providing a stable
environment where our customers and partners can do business."

Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect of the Linux
Technology Group at Computer Associates, will deliver a keynote
presentation entitled, "Linux Solutions - Ubiquitous Computing."
Greenblatt will explain the cultural, political and economic forces
driving the global acceptance of Linux, and will look at some real world

"Linux is becoming a part of our everyday lives," said Greenblatt. "It
is transforming the computing landscape around the world, from consumer
products to educational institutions to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
During my keynote presentation, we'll take a look at the worldwide
implications of Linux and the management challenges presented by the
co-existence of Linux with other commercial operating systems."

Ross A. Mauri, general manager of e-Business on demand at IBM Systems
Group, will discuss "The Impact of Open Standards on the Technology
Industry: A Business Perspective." During his keynote, Mauri will
explain why Linux offers unprecedented flexibility and choice by
disrupting business-as-usual practices of vendor silos in favor of
cross-vendor ecosystems.

"Nearly one-half of IT budgets remain consumed by integration of
existing assets rather than creation of new business value," said Mauri.
"As a result, companies are turning to open standards to move beyond
this challenge. Linux runs on more architectures than any other
operating system in use today, and is having a profound impact on the
business of technology."

Also returning to the event in January is the Golden Penguin Bowl, the
infamous geek trivia game that tests the wits of some of today's most
distinguished Linux personalities. The Golden Penguin Bowl pits the
"Geeks" against the "Nerds" in the fun yet fierce competition for the
coveted Golden Penguin, hosted by Chris DiBona of Konstrux Technologies.

"LinuxWorld is an excellent venue for those who pursue Linux not just
as a hobby but as a career," said DiBona. "I've found it to be a great
place to find customers for our services."

For more information or to register for the event, please 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 www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call
(800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank
Netherwood at (508) 424-4860 or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com or John
Yurewicz at (508) 424-4852 or John_Yurewicz@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 & Expoâ, LinuxWorld
Conference & Expoâ, Bio-IT World Conference + Expoä, Health-IT World
Conference + Expo*, COMNETâ Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global
SeriesTM and Portable Power Conference & Expoä. IDG World Expo is a
business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and
event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online
users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world
through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted
Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168
computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC,
provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43
countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.


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