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The Linux Foundation Announces Second Annual End User Summit

Bank of America and NYSE Headline Conference Program Focused on Collaboration Between Linux Users and Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/01/09 -- The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the speaker lineup and details for its second annual End User Summit. The Summit is a unique opportunity for corporate end users to learn and interact with leaders from within the Linux community, including the highest-level maintainers and developers.

The Summit will take place November 9-10, 2009 at the Hyatt Jersey City on the Hudson and will provide end users and kernel developers a direct connection to one another for advancing the features most critical to using Linux in the enterprise. Located just off the Exchange Place Path Station, corporate Linux users from financial services, healthcare, energy, and government will have quick access to the event from east coast hubs.

The event was originally created at the request of the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board, which is comprised of key Linux community members. By bringing together sophisticated end users and senior Linux developers, the Linux Foundation hopes to accelerate innovation and adoption of Linux in the most cutting edge environments.

Highlights from this year's End User Summit program include:

--  Jeffrey Birnbaum, senior vice president of Strategy Architecture and
    Optimization at Bank of America, sharing his perspective on performance
    challenges in network and file I/O.

--  Brian Clark, NYSE Euronext, chief software architect, discussing the
    present and future of "Linux on Wall Street."

--  The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin, hosting a
    discussion with Novell's Vice President of Product Management, Carlos
    Montero-Luque, and Red Hat's CTO, Brian Stevens, about what's next for
    Linux from a distribution's perspective.

--  A host of top technical sessions led by kernel developers and
    maintainers that address the future of Linux (James Bottomley); scaling
    Linux on Nehalem to 4096 processors (Christoph Lameter); tracing and
    performance management on Linux (Ted Ts'o, Elena Zannoni); virtualization
    management (Christoph Hellwig); and a Linux file systems and storage
    overview (Ric Wheeler, Josef Bacik).

--  Open Invention Network's Keith Bergelt will partner with the Linux
    Foundation's legal counsel Karen Copenhaver to provide an update on
    advances made on the legal front.

--  IDC Research Vice President Al Gillen, detailing the growth
    opportunities for Linux and open source software in a down economy.
    

"The Linux Foundation End User Summit is an exclusive event for end users and developers to have unfettered access to discuss the most pressing development opportunities for Linux," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "In its second year, the Summit will facilitate collaboration among Linux community members who, until recently, did not have the opportunity to discuss face-to-face the most pressing new usage models and demands facing the Linux platform."

The Linux Foundation End User Summit is sponsored by IBM and Intel and is invitation only. To request an invitation, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/end-user-summit.

The Linux Foundation fosters innovation by hosting events for the Linux technical and business communities. These events help solve pressing issues facing Linux and fuel collaboration and communication between all members of the Linux ecosystem: developers, users, industry, ISVs and distribution vendors. Other Linux Foundation events include a mix of industry and community conferences such as its annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, LinuxCon, Japan Linux Symposium and Kernel Summit, among others.

More information on all Linux Foundation events can be found here: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as Linux.com. For more information, please visit the Linux Foundation website.

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation and Linux Standard Base are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders.

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