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CMPi, organiser of Networks for Business 2003 (NfB 2003) and Horsepower Media, publisher of LinuxUser & Developer Magazine, have today announced that a new dedicated Linux zone, the ‘LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone’, will be launched at this year’s Networks for Business 2003 event. The zone, to be sponsored by LinuxUser & Developer Magazine, has been developed to enable IT decision-makers to explore and evaluate Linux technology in more depth. It will be launched from 24-26 June at the Birmingham NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Maggie Meer, director of Horsepower Media and publisher of LinuxUser & Developer Magazine, explains, “This promises to be a ground-breaking feature, bringing an extensive range of solutions for Linux and open source to IT decision-makers, in a concentrated area, within Networks for Business. The Linux Zone is the ideal environment for anyone with an interest in Linux to explore its cost and productivity benefits and we are delighted to be working with CMPi to stage this zone.”

Exhibitors within the new Linux Zone will include, iTS-LiNUX, HP, Holborn Books, Digital Networks UK, IBM, Oracle, RedHat, Sun Microsystems, SGI, Smoothwall, SuSE, SMM Software, SmoothWall, Transtec and UKLinux.net. Also taking place within the zone will be the LinuxUser & Developer Conference. It will feature business and technical seminar tracks, with constructive insight, incisive viewpoints and keynote presentations from open source visionaries, Linux experts and industry heavyweights. Some top names will lead the Keynote sessions. These include: Jon 'Maddog' Hall, Alan Cox, Tim O’Reilly and the Liberal Democrat party spokesman on Education and Skills, Dr John Pugh, MP.

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director for Networks for Business concluded, “Linux technology has always been one of the integral technologies promoted at Networks for Business. This year, Clive Harris, IBM (EMEA) Linux and Grid Service Leader will present ‘The Business of Linux’, and Judy Chavis, Worldwide Director, OS Alliances Software CTO Industry Standard Servers, HP will present ‘Leading Linux into the Enterprise’. Now with the alignment of LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone within Networks for Business 2003, IT professionals will have a dedicated area to visit to better understand this revolutionary technology, as well as see & compare the full spectrum of available technologies for best business network application and integration.”

For more information and to register to attend the event please visit www.networksforbusiness.com or www.linuxuserexpo.com.

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Notes to Editors

About Networks for Business

Networks for Business 2003, supported by The Times, will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-
26 June 2003. Networks for Business 2002 (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25-27 June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, visit www.networksforbusiness.com

About LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business
LinuxUser & Developer Expo – The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business is a brand new zone that will bring together some of the brightest minds in the open source movement, leading vendors and IT purchasers to provide the UK’s definitive Linux forum. It will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-26 June 2003. For further information and registration, visit www.linuxuserexpo.com

Press Contact:

CMPi : Toni Cullen, Tel: +44 (0)20 7921 8518, email: tcullen@cmpinformation.com
Horsepower Media: Lorraine Jenkins or Craig Brophy, Wildfire PR + 44 (0)1932 783838, email: lorrainej@wildfirepr.co.uk or craigb@wildfirepr.co.uk


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