Sponsored by IBM and Hewlett-Packard, the tour is designed to showcase Linux and open source software to customers and enthusiasts in Tokyo, Munich, London, Boston and Toronto in addition to its Australian presentations.
Topics to be presented by Red Hat executives and partners include open source reports on intellectual property, technology roadmaps and insider predictions on the future of open source solutions.
Red Hat says its programs will be developed to address a varied audience, catering for everyone from software developers to community members, with all attendees invited to participate in open forums featuring local and international representatives from HP, IBM and Red Hat.
Vice president of Red Hat South Asia Pacific, Gus Robertson, says customers will benefit from hearing how the major IT industry players are investing in open source solutions as well as learning what potential it holds for them.
"The Red Hat World Tour gives our enterprise customers the chance to hear about the opportunities and advantages open source can bring to Australian enterprises directly from Red Hat," said Robertson.
The seven-stop international Red Hat tour will be in Brisbane on 19 March 2004 and in Sydney on 22 March.
Marketing manager for ProLiant HP Australia, Angus Jones, says HP is very involved with Red Hat on the open source project, describing the alliance as the "latest chapter" in the companies' long-standing relationship.
"HP is working closely with Red Hat to sponsor open source initiatives and help drive Linux deeper into the enterprise and beyond," said Jones.
Enthusiasts are also invited to participate in local events run in 51 countries and 612 cities via a free online service called redhat.meetup.com, a service that organises gatherings of individuals with common IT interests.
For more information on the Red Hat World Tour or to register for an event go to http://www.redhat.com/worldtour/
Australian Tour Dates and Locations:
- 19 March 2004 Brisbane - Queensland University of Technology
3.30 pm - 5.30 pm Community event
5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Customer and industry session
- 22 March 2004 Sydney - Sheraton on the Park 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm Enterprise customer session 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Community event