tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that it is now accepting submissions for
the semi-annual Open Source Product Excellence Awards, to be presented at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference
& Expo. The awards will recognize the most innovative Open Source products and services at LinuxWorld, which
is scheduled for January 29 - February 1, 2002 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City."
The Open Source Product Excellence Awards are presented in conjunction with UniForum, a vendor-neutral association that advocates the practices and benefits of open technologies and related hardware, software, applications and standards. UniForum and IDG World Expo will present awards for Best Developer Tools, Best Network/Server Application, Best Embedded Linux Solutions, Best Open Source Project, Best Productivity Application, Best System Integration Solution, and Best of Show. By highlighting innovative products and services, the Open Source Product Excellence Awards will help LinuxWorld attendees identify new, cost-effective solutions for their businesses. For exhibitors, the awards are an opportunity to obtain significant, valuable exposure for their Open Source solutions, at the event as well as beyond. Award winners at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2001 included Best of Show: IBM, eServer iSeries; Best Developer Tools: NuSphere Corporation, Pro; Best Network/Server Application: Sistina, Global File Systems Storage Clusters; Best Embedded Linux Solutions: Trolltech: Best Open Source Project; K Desktop Environment, KDE 2.2; Best Productivity Application: Red Hat, Inc., Red Hat DB; and Best System Integration Solution: Linux NetworX, ICE Cluster. "The Open Source Product Excellence Awards offer a substantial opportunity for LinuxWorld exhibitors who want to get their products and services noticed," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and business development, IDG World Expo. "Our judges are careful in their selection of the most innovative solutions at the show, and both finalists and winners often find that the award helps to significantly endorse and reinforce their company's brand." IDG World Expo encourages LinuxWorld exhibitors to submit their innovative Open Source products and services on the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site, www.linuxworldexpo.com. The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2002. A panel of judges will select finalists for each award prior to the event, and award winners will be announced on the show floor on Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 4 p.m. 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 Colin Brown (A-Ib) at (508) 424-4851 or Colin_Brown@idg.com or Beverly Griffith (Ic-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or Beverly_Griffith@idg.com. About IDG World Expo IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo and COMNET Wireless Conference & Expo - both of which feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. 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 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com. CONTACT: IDG World Expo MS&L/Boston Beth Wickenhiser Christina Guilbert (508) 424-4855 (617) 437-7722 ext. 2596 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 08:05 EST NOVEMBER 20, 2001