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Jan 07, 2005, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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With this week's announcement of the LinuxWorld New York Summit, the Northeast Corridor of the US will now have not just one but two LinuxWorld conferences, possibly for many years to come.

The large winter LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, previously held annually in New York City, moves to Boston this February. It will remain there as a permanent fixture, according to Mike Sponseller, public relations director for IDG World Expo.

But IDG also holds long-term hopes for its newly unveiled New York Summit, a smaller conference that--unlike its predecessor--will not include an expo component.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the move to Boston, the bigger LinuxWorld show is being re-engineered this year to focus specifically on "business value"--or in other words, "how to make money from Linux," Sponseller said, in an interview with Linux Today.

Why did IDG relocate the East Coast expo? According to Sponseller, Boston turned out to be a handier location for some key LinuxWorld exhibitors, as well as for lots of Linux customers.

For example, Novell--now the owner of SUSE Linux and Ximian--has moved its headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Boston suburb of Waltham, Massachusetts. "And Red Hat has a development facility in Massachusetts," Sponseller added. Boston--aka "The Hub"--is also home to many smaller Linux-oriented start-ups, such as Black Duck Software, for one.

Sponseller also anticipates that, by taking place in Boston, the larger show will become a stronger draw among the many colleges and universities situated in New England.

But on the other hand he said, IDG also wants to keep offering a conference for New York-based Linux users, particularly in the financial community who might not find it that convenient to travel to Boston.

Consequently, IDG has decided to present LinuxWorld New York Summit 2005 from May 25 to 26 in New York City. Conference tracks for the one-and-a-half-day event will include The Business Aspects of Linux and Open Source; Systems and Application Management; and Security Issues: Inside and Out.

Sponseller expects attendance this year of about 7,000 to 10,000 for the "big" expo in Boston and between 300 and 500 for the summit in New York.

If the New York Summit is a success, it could become an annual tradition, he told Linux Today. Moreover, IDG might adopt the "summit" concept in other cities throughout the world.

Beyond these two East Coast events and a West Coast extravaganza each summer in San Francisco, IDG already puts on LinuxWorld events in a number of other nations.

The Boston show--slated for February 14 to 17, 2005--will revolve around the following tracks: The Business Case for Linux and Open Source; System and Application Management; Security Issues; Integration and Mixed Environments; Kernel and Cluster Issues; Emerging Technologies; Client Side Linux; and Data Center.

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