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March 15, 2010 13:54 ET

Facebook, Red Hat and Tim O'Reilly to Keynote at Computerworld's Open Source Business Conference, March 17-18, 2010 in San Francisco

More Than 50 Presenters Including IBM, Microsoft, Novell and North Bridge Venture Partners to Address "Leveraging Open Source for the Enterprise"

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Computerworld's Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), taking place March 17-18, 2010 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA announces the keynote speaker line-up for this year's industry conference.

OSBC is the open source industry forum for senior business leaders, C-level technical strategists, lawyers and venture capitalists to collaborate on emerging business models, strategies and profitability through open source. Over the course of two days, attendees will hear keynote presenters address the key conference theme, "Leveraging Open Source Through the Enterprise and Beyond the Firewall."

Keynote speakers at OSBC 2010 event include:
Wednesday, March 17:

--  Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat - Changing of the Guard: From Old School
    to Open

--  Michael Skok, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners - The
    Future of Open Source:2010

--  Bob Suter, Vice President, Open Source and Linux, IBM  - Open for
    Change

--  Tim O'Reilly, President, O'Reilly Media - The Real Open Source
    Opportunity

Thursday, March 18:

--  David Recordon, Head of Open Source Initiatives, Facebook - Scaling
    Facebook with Open Source Software

--  Stuart McKee, National Technology Officer of the United States,
    Microsoft-Open Source at Microsoft - Meeting needs through a
    diversified ecosystem

--  Carlos Montero-Lugue, Vice President, Business & Product Mgmt. for
    Open Platform Solutions, Novell-A Software Appliance Roundtable - How
    Open Source Drives a $1.2 Billion Market

In addition to keynote panels, the OSBC conference will feature the
following concurrent breakout sessions on both days of the conference:

--  Using Open Source to Run Your Business: The allure of open source from
    the technology perspective is undeniably the extent to which any
    organization can make it their own through customization. The sessions 
    in this track will help attendees ensure their open source
    infrastructure runs smoothly. IT executives from Virgin America,
    Forrester, Somerset Capital, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and more share
    best practices and compelling success stories about their
    organization's open source implementations.

--  Running Your Open Source Business: The sessions in this track will
    explore the real-world business implications of using an open
    source-based infrastructure for greater cost-savings and expanded
    capabilities. Panelists in these sessions feature executives from The
    New York Times, Redpoint Ventures, Adobe and Salesforce.com and more.

--  Understanding Legal Perspectives: The nature of open source systems
    and the manner in which they can be customized, modified and
    distributed can lead to potential issues around ownership and rights.
    Legal experts from DLA Piper, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, Dewey
    LeBoeuf LLP, Goodwin Procter and more will guide attendees on best
    practices for deploying open source systems within the letter of the
    law.

--  Finding Innovation, Tools and Solutions: Choosing from the vast array
    of open source distributions and related services is a tall task. The
    sessions in this track will clarify and explain the choices, and advise
    attendees on the most appropriate open source infrastructures for their
    organizations. Open Source practitioners from the Open Source Software
    Institute, SAP AG, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, and more
    recommend tools and solutions based on their own rollouts.

OSBC conference organizers invite journalists and industry analysts covering open source technology to register for OSBC 2010. To register for press pass consideration, please visit the OSBC 2010 press registration page: http://www.eiseverywhere.com/OSBC2010?categoryid=32327.

For the complete OSBC 2010 agenda, please visit www.osbc.com.

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