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February 10, 2005

USENIX Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Exhibit at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

Berkeley, California — USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, celebrating 30 years as the leading community for those working on the cutting edge of the computing world, today announced its participation as an exhibitor at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. LinuxWorld, held in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, February 14-17, 2005, focuses on Linux and open source solutions.

USENIX, exhibiting in the .org pavilion at booth #17, has been the launching pad for a multitude of advancements in the open source world. Its membership boasts a list of renowned leaders in the Linux and open source community. Since its founding in 1975, USENIX has been the premier forum for the presentation of the latest developments in open source software.

"Having served as both a catalyst to and hub for so many groundbreaking events in the open source computing world is a proud accomplishment of the USENIX Association," said Ellie Young, Executive Director of USENIX. "USENIX continues to attract leading industry experts to deliver tutorials on the skills required to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-paced world of technology, while providing a respected forum for introducing and debating the newest computing advances."

With a mission that includes fostering technical excellence and innovation, USENIX has provided its members with the opportunity to witness innumerable industry "firsts," including:

  • ONYX, the first attempt at genuine UNIX hardware, was announced at the 1979 USENIX Conference.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) unveiled the creation of its UNIX product at the 1982 USENIX Technical Conference.
  • Eric Allman presented the first paper on Sendmail, "Mail Systems and Addressing in 4.2BSD" at the 1983 USENIX Conference.
  • Athena, the first light on Kerberos and the X Window system, was presented at the 1988 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • Tom Christiansen made his first Perl presentation at the 1989 USENIX Summer Technical Conference in Baltimore.
  • John Ousterhout presented Tcl at the 1990 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • The first talk on Oak, which later became Java, was given as a Work-in-Progress report at the 1995 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • The FREENIX Track debuted at the 1998 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, where Miguel De Icaza presented "The GNOME Desktop Environment."

About the USENIX Association
USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. For 30 years, it has been the leading community for engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. USENIX conferences are the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of technical advances in all aspects of computing systems. For more information about the USENIX Association, visit

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