December 18, 2003

TLS Announces Broadcast Opportunity

Jeff Gerhardt writes "The Linux Show! announces major LIVE broadcast event at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo January 21st through January 23rd 2004, a new relationship with RealNetworks, and
the return of The TLS Traveling Linux Dog & Penguin Show.

Friday December 12th 2003, Chicago Illinois; The Linux Show Announces Marketing Opportunity
for Exhibitors of Next Months LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
From their Chicago broadcast facility, Jeff Gerhardt CEO of GeekCast Broadcasting and
co-host of The Linux Show!! today announced, "we have just concluded negotiations with
technology media company IDG the management company behind the
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and industry leading digital media services and software developer
RealNetworks, Inc., to bring The Linux Show remote broadcast studio to New York
City next month and broadcast LIVE from the floor of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. With my
partner and co-host Kevin Hill, as well as the rest of the team (Arne, Doc & Russ), we are
planning 17 hours of live broadcasts from the Javits Center in NYC over the three day run
of the event. As we embark upon our 7th year of webcasting TLS (The Linux Show), we find
it very gratifying that we can renew our long relationship with the folks at IDG who have
been so kind over the years to give us their support in bringing our broadcast to their
technology events."

Gerhardt continued, " This is a very special for us because Linux World
Expo is our favorite event and using it as a launch for our 7th year on the air is a
pleasure. We were there at the very first LWE event, and have broadcast at most of them
since. The simple truth is that the LWE series are the best Linux focused events of the year.
Comdex Vegas may be much larger, but it is a general IT show. That is the place to go for
a general show. CES may be glitsier, but its a consumer show. But when it comes to Linux
and Open Source, LWE is where its at. It does not matter whether you are a developer looking for Linux tools, a CIO looking for Linux based
infrastructure, or you are one of the Wall Street types presently suffering from disbelief
in the Open Technology model and are trying to find out the secret of how come so many IT
businesses have survived the most recent recession because of Open Source; this is the
conference for you to attend."

In years past TLS used their broadcast at major events like LWE to both showcase the unique
technology used to broadcast over the Internet; as well as give the exhibitors at the expo
a significant boost in exposure by talking about their innovations during the TLS broadcast.
TLS will be featuring about 12 different exhibitors each day of the event.

"We have changed our technology this year," said Kevin Hill, "or I guess I should say we have
added to our mix of existing technology. We might as well say it now, today TLS has a
new technology partner, and that is the streaming media software developer RealNetworks. In
addition to our existing Open Source IceCast Servers, we have added RealNetworks
technology, and look forward to adding video to our network."

The RealNetworks' suite of digital multimedia technology is driven by the Helix DNA Platform.
Helix is the core underlying technology powering RealNetworks' award-winning RealOne®
Player, which the company released in 2002 as an open source development project.

Hill continued, "Rob Glaser, the Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks (as well as founder), has been a
convert to the Open Technology development process for quite some time. RealNetworks as
a company has put their money and their code where their convictions lie. We have
known Rob since the mid 1990s in our old ISP days, and we are always impressed with his
business savvy at adjusting to market realities. Today one of those realities is that
Open Source is a cheaper and faster way of getting code developed; and we respect RealNetworks
for what they have done. They have been rewarded by the growth of the Helix Community
surrounding the effort."

The Helix community is a collaborative effort among RealNetworks, independent developers,
and leading companies to extend the Helix DNA platform, an open multi-format platform
for digital media creation, delivery and playback. The partnership between Real and TLS
is already generating its first productive effort, by TLS asking members of the Linux
community to download the most recent Helix Powered (and free) Linux Player
- the Helix
Player -
and help RealNetworks and the Helix Community to debug and evaluate the new Helix

TLS broadcasts on Tuesday nights and now counts listeners from every state in the US and
73 different nations. We would like to thank RealNetworks and IDG for taking the leap
of faith in helping us to kick off the 2004 schedule. We still have some minor costs to cover
for LWE, but the generosity of these companies has made it possible for TLS to put
together the frame work for a new traveling show for 2004.

About GeekCast.Com Network and The Linux(R) Show!!
GeekCast.Com Network is the home network of The Linux(R) Show!!. Information about the
network can be found at

About The Linux Show!!
TLS has been broadcasting since the 1997 to the known universe. With regular panelists:
David "Doc" Searls Sr Editor Linux Journal (author of The Clue Train Manifesto), Russ Pavlicek
author and editorialist, Arne Flones (community advocate, teacher & code hacker),
Ubergeek- Kevin Hill of Fermi Labs, and Jeff Gerhardt community activist; they come to you
every Tuesday night LIVE, broadcasting from using 100%
open source streaming technology. The Linux Show will be broadcasting live next month
from the Linux World Expo.

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, or call (800)
657-1474.  For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood at (508)
424-4860 or
or John Yurewicz at (508) 424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo (
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 & Expo®, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Bio-IT World Conference +
ExpoTM, Health-IT World Conference + ExpoTM, COMNET®
Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global SeriesTM and Portable
Power Conference & ExpoTM.  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 on-line users the
largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through
(, 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

About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software. Consumers
use RealNetworks' RealOne Player and the content subscription services it offers to play
free and premium digital content. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and
enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to
PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Consumers can access and experience
audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at
RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located at
For More Information contact Elaine Grabicki,, 206.674.2477.

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