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Contact:

Beth Wickenhiser                                Rob Halpin
IDG World Expo                                   MS&L/Boston
(508) 424-4855                                   617-937-2532
beth_wickenhiser@idg.com             robert.halpin@mslpr.com

NAMES FINALISTS FOR OPEN SOURCE PRODUCT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award winners to be announced at next week's event in New York City

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. January 16, 2003 IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced finalists for the LinuxWorld Open Source Product Excellence Awards, to be presented at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week. Sponsored by OSDN and presented in conjunction with the UniForum Association, the Open Source Product Excellence Awards recognize Open Source product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions, will take place January 21-24, 2003 at New York City's Javits Center. The Open Source Product Excellence Awards will be presented in a ceremony held on the LinuxWorld show floor on Wednesday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m. The Open Source Product Excellence Awards are divided into ten product categories, representing major areas of innovation in the Linux and Open Source community. For the first time this year, Awards will be presented to the Best Front Office Solution, Best Cluster Solution and Best Sys Admin Tools.

Finalists include:

Best Network/Server Application
Computer Associates - Unicenter Management Portal
IBM - WebSphere Portal
JBoss - 3.0 Series
SuSE - Linux OpenExchange Server
Vision Solutions - ORION

Best Developer Tools
Active State - Komodo
APPX - 4.1.2
Bugopolis - Bug Station
IBM - Websphere Studio Appl. Developer V.5
LTrix - lice

Best Data Storage Solution
Computer Associates - BrightStor ARCserve Backup
IBM - Tivoli Storage Mgr
Novell - iFolder
Sistina - LVM 2.0
Storix - Backup

Best System Integration Software
Astaro - Security
BISIL North America Inc. - Enj-Ports
Computer Associates - Clever Path Aion
IBM - zSeries, Blue Ice, with DB2
Microsoft - Services for Unix 3.0
Voicetronix - OpenWiz

The award was won by Microsoft

Best Security Solution
Astaro - Security Linux Version 3
Computer Associates - e-Trust Antivirus v7
Cylant - Secure 2.1
IBM - Tivoli Access Mgr

Best Open Source Project
Eclipse - R2.1
Ephibian, Inc. - dot.che
JBoss - 3.0
OpenOffice - 1.0
Vovida - Vocal 1.4.0
Ximian - Mono

Best Front Office Solution
ABAS - erp
IBM - WebSphere Portal for multi platforms
Novell - NetMail
Ximian - Evolution

Best Productivity Application
ABAS - erp
Computer Associates - Unicenter Server Plus Service Desk
HRsmart - Applicant Tracking
IBM - iSeries Capacity on Demand
Ximian - Evolution

Best Cluster Solution
Computer Associates - Unicenter NSM
HP - Proliant BL2DP
IBM - eServer Blade Center
Red Hat - Advanced Server
SGI - Altix 3000
Sun Microsystems - Grid Engine

Best Sys Admin Tools
Active State - Pure Message
Computer Associates - Unicenter Network and Systems Mgt
IBM - Director 4.1 on IBM e Server Blade Center
Novell - eDirectory 8.7
SCO- Volution Mgr
SuSE - YaST2
Ximian - Red Carpet enterprise
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For more information on the UniForum Association, visit www.uniforum.org.

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 Frank Netherwood (A-K) at (508) 424-4860 or frank_netherwood@idg.com or John Yurewicz (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or john_yurewicz@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. 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, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. 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 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 www.idg.com.