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Open Source in the Enterprise Conference, May 7, 2003 - London, UK

This one-day conference, designed for enterprises as diverse as SMEs to major corporations and those in the public sector, will consider the practical issues of implementing Open Source software.

The Open Group has brought together some of the leaders in the world of open systems to consider the opportunities, advantages, risks and challenges that can arise.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The myths of Open Source
  • How does the Open Source model REALLY work?
  • Integrating Open Source into an Enterprise Architecture
  • Implementing Open Source software without having to deal with the source code
  • The impact of Open Source on IT Security
  • Digital Rights Management - The implications of Open Source
  • Why you should demand products that are certified to conform to open standards - avoiding divergence, the role of testing and certification
  • Work items of The Open Group Members:
    • Manager's Guide to Open Source Adoption
    • Including Open Source in your SW landscape
    • Best practices for releasing Open Source
    • Open Source in Enterprise Architecture
    • Evangelization in Enterprise


  • Allen Brown, President and CEO of The Open Group Keynote address: "The Growing Importance of Open Source to the Enterprise IT Customer"
  • Mike Gubbins, Editor, Computing "The penetration of Open Source into mainstream IT"
  • Mru Patel, Sales Manager, Central Government, Sun Microsystems "Open Source Technology on the Enterprise Desktop"
  • Walter Stahlecker, Standards and Alliances, Hewlett-Packard Company "Integrating Open Source into an Enterprise Architecture"
  • Craig Heath, Strategic Product Manager, Symbian Ltd. "Digital Rights Management - The implications of Open Source"
  • Steve Mathews, Director, Articsoft Ltd. "The impact of Open Source on IT Security"

Open Source software is the fastest growing sector of the IT market and is now widely used for certain types of stand-alone applications. We are now seeing application software being packaged so that the user does not need to be concerned with source code.

However, for the enterprise, many issues still need to be addressed. Issues such as integrating open source into enterprise architecture, security, and total cost of ownership need to be addressed.

This conference will assist attendees in gaining a better understanding of the issues; it will suggest areas where the implementation of Open Source software presents potential advantages and will consider some of the ways in which common pitfalls can be avoided.

To REGISTER NOW, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/london2003/registration.htm

For MORE INFORMATION on this conference, please visit http://www.opengroup.org/london2003

Pogo Linux to Sponsor Second Charter Bus to LinuxFest Northwest

REDMOND, WA, April 17, 2003 âˆ' Pogo Linux Inc., a leading Linux server vendor headquartered in Redmond, WA announced today it will provide a second free round-trip charter bus for Seattle-area attendees to LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW) in Bellingham, Washington, on Saturday, April 26, 2003.

Pogo Linux is offering the free transportation to demonstrate its support of the LinuxFest Northwest event and the growing Linux community in the Pacific Northwest. LFNW is a one-day event held at Bellingham Technical College on Saturday, April 26th from 10AM to 4PM. There is no admission fee and no cost for any of the events.

LFNW is a showcase for what Northwest Linux users are doing with Linux and open source software, as well as a networking opportunity for enthusiasts to get together and share their passion for Linux. Driven by Linux Users Groups (LUG's) throughout the Northwest, including the Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle, and Kitsap Peninsula LUG's, this year's LFNW event highlights include keynote speaker Jon "Maddog" Hall, user tutorials of Linux projects, exhibitor displays, and free raffles and giveaways.

With more than 50 confirmed riders on the first charter bus, Pogo Linux has decided to sponsor a second bus due to the overwhelming response. Sign ups for the Pogo Linux sponsored bus began on April 3, and has been extended to Tuesday, April 22nd.

"We support LinuxFest Northwest because we feel it's a great opportunity for us to catch up with our fellow Linux users and discuss the benefits and developments of Open Source software," said Tim Lee, president and CEO of Pogo Linux, Inc. "It's exciting to see such a great response to the charter bus. It shows that the Linux user community in the Pacific Northwest is growing rapidly".

Two Gray Line Deluxe Motorcoach busses will depart from the North Seattle Community College parking lot in Seattle at 8:15 AM for Bellingham, WA and will return at 6:00 PM. In addition, each attendee riding the bus will receive a complimentary Pogo Linux T-shirt and cap to wear at the show.

To secure a seat on the Pogo Linux charter bus individuals must sign up no later than midnight on Tuesday, April 23rd. For more information, visit the LinuxFest Northwest Charter Bus sign-up page on the Pogo Linux website at www.pogolinux.com/info/LinuxFestNorthwest_Form.html