November 20, 2002

LinuxWorld set to make its UK debut

The NEC Group press office writes: LinuxWorld, the number one Linux and Open Source solutions show, is to launch in the UK at The NEC, Birmingham from September 3-4, 2003. The show is already an established success in the US, Germany and China and its arrival in the UK has been much-awaited.

LinuxWorld is owned by IDG, the world's largest IT publisher, with the UK event to be managed by Centrex under a newly-formed partnership.

Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo vice president of sales, marketing and product development, said: "Over the past four years LinuxWorld Conference & Expo has evolved into the industry-leading Open Source event in the United States, and we are excited about its expansion into the UK. Linux is the fastest-growing operating system in the world, and the UK market is ready for a top-notch event such as LinuxWorld, which showcases the latest developments in Open Source technology."

The exhibition and conference will feature the latest technologies, products and services related to these networks and solutions. With business use of Linux and Open Source increasing rapidly, the conference will be presenting the UK's most strategic and focused viewpoint for corporate users and the IT professional.

Centrex has appointed Brian Reffell to manage the show, capitalising on his extensive experience in IT exhibitions.

Reffell said: "With Linux and Open Source systems becoming the platform of choice for a rapidly evolving community of businesses and organisations in the UK, the market is now ready for the UK launch. LinuxWorld is recognised as the definitive Linux and open source show throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and I am looking forward to extending the success of this established and prestige brand in the UK."

Centrex is the exhibition organising arm of The NEC Group and manages a varied and successful portfolio of trade and consumer exhibitions.

Further details on LinuxWorld are available via email to either brian.reffell@necgroup.co.uk or annette.bray@necgroup.co.uk within the Centrex organising team.

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