Record Numbers To Attend This Year's LinuxUser & Developer Expo. 2004 Expo Filled to Capacity

London: 19 April 2004 - LinuxUser & Developer Expo 2004, the UK’s premier Linux event, has today announced that the number of exhibitors has exceeded all expectations, with more than 100 companies signed up. Exhibitors attending the event in Olympia London from 20th – 21st April 2004 include IBM, LDRA, Rackspace Managed Hosting, Red Hat, SuSE Linux and Sybase.

"This year’s LinuxUser & Developer Expo is set to be the best Linux show yet to date in the UK. The calibre of exhibitors taking part in the show, as well as the large numbers of pre-registered attendees for both the conference and the show, proves this," said Maggie Meer, director of Horsepower Media and publisher of LinuxUser & Developer magazine. "We are expecting a record number of visitors and guarantee that they will not be disappointed with what is on show."

Visitors to this year’s expo will be able to fly around world using the world's first Open Source flight simulator whilst sitting in a Royal Navy Westland Wasp Helicopter. The equipment comes from FlightGear.org, an Open Source, multi-platform cooperative flight simulator development project, that was originally set up by a group of Open Source enthusiasts who wanted to create a sophisticated flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, for the development and pursuit of other interesting flight simulation ideas, and as an end-user application.

Other feature areas planned for this year's show include:
OFE/OpenAdvantage Business Advice Centre and Linux Desktop Demonstration – the centre is designed to build up the confidence of business users in desktop Linux and Open Source software and to encourage the adoption of Open Source business applications

SUSE Business Solutions Centre – in this theatre environment, there will be an array of presentations on a variety of subjects. Visitors to the centre can seek advice on Linux implementation and training issues
Product Presentation Theatre – this feature will create a forum for exhibitors to present their products, helping visitors compare and assess the best Linux solutions for their IT requirements
Adelix Hot Spot service – will allow visitors to the Hot Spot Zone to connect wirelessly to the internet using their laptop, PDA or other handheld device free of charge

The April 2004 event follows the successful launch of the LinuxUser & Developer Expo – the Linux Zone by Horsepower Media, at the Networks for Business June 2003 event. Over 5,000 visitors attended the 2003 show with 95% involved in purchasing for their business and 70% at manager or director level. The 2003 conference programme was a sell-out success.

For further information please contact:
Craig Brophy or Sarah-Anne Bray
Tel: 01932 783838

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