Linus Torvalds to Keynote at Lotus DevCon99

Third Annual Conference to Highlight New Dimensions in Collaborative e-business Application Development

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 11, 1999 -- Lotus Development Corp. today announced that Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, will join other industry visionaries at Lotus DevCon99 -- June 20-23 in San Francisco, Calif. Torvalds will deliver a keynote address to thousands of corporate developers, Web developers and Lotus Business Partners attending this year's conference from around the world.

Torvalds, who first began developing Linux as a college student for his personal use, is at the center of the operating system revolution. As Linux has grown into a major platform used by more than 10 million users, major software vendors -- including Lotus and IBM -- have lined up with Torvalds and have announced support for Linux. At Lotus DevCon99, Torvalds will share his thoughts on the changing operating system world, the future of Linux and the impact he believes his "hobby" will have on the high-tech industry and the enterprise computing market.

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Cliff Reeves, Lotus' vice president of Notes and Domino product management, who will discuss future directions for collaborative e-business application development on Lotus' Domino platform. Nick Shelness, Lotus' chief technology officer, will provide a glimpse of the future for collaborative computing during his keynote address on opening day.

Evan I. Schwartz, journalist and high-tech author, will deliver a keynote on the final day of the conference. Schwartz is a former Business Week editor and now writes for Wired and The New York Times. Schwartz's first book, Webonomics has ranked as's #1 best-selling business book and as its #1 Internet commerce title. His second book, Digital Darwinism, will be available in June 1999.

The Torvalds keynote will close the four day conference which features more than 50 technical sessions that emphasize new capabilities and implementation methods for Lotus R5, enterprise integration and application development. A preview of Domino R5 for Linux will also be featured.

In-depth tutorials on eSuite, Lotus Sametime, LearningSpace, Lotus QuickPlace, Domino Instant!Host and Domino.Doc will show how to add interactive Java applets, real-time collaboration, document management, workflow and hosting capabilities to the Lotus Domino Application Server R5 -- the foundation of Lotus' collaborative e-business application offering. Lab sessions will offer developers the opportunity to work with the latest Lotus products and preview upcoming technology. The exhibit hall will feature Business Partner products and tools, offering additional opportunities for Lotus developers, Business Partners and colleagues to learn, network and collaborate. In addition, Iris and Lotus developers, Lotus Business Partners, Lotus Professional Services and Lotus Product Management will share tips and techniques they have used when building and deploying cutting-edge e-business applications.

Registration for Lotus DevCon99, is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be made via the Lotus DevCon99 Web site at or by calling 800-803-6519 within North America and +1-508-652-1024 outside of North America.

Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. Lotus offers high-quality software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus' innovative approach is evident in a new class of applications that allows users to access and communicate information in ways never before possible, both within and beyond organizational boundaries. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide and provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Professional Services organization.


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