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Ingram Micro Presents Linux Education Forum

November 18, 2004

Ingram Micro Canada launches series of focused knowledge forums

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Ingram Micro Inc., (NYSE: IM), a leading technology sales, marketing, and logistics company, today held the Linux Education Forum, one part in a series of educational Knowledge Forums in Canada designed for resellers and their technology end users.

The forum provided information on products, solutions and support for Linux and other open source-based software technologies. More than 70 vendors, resellers and their customer partners attended the event today held at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.

“We are committed to giving our partners every business advantage available to them. Our Knowledge Forum series addresses the changing IT landscape and the business demands placed upon our resellers and their end customers. The Linux platform provides a growth opportunity for our customers -- resellers can gain new business deals by becoming more familiar with the technologies and solutions available to them in this market,” said Murray Wright, general manager, Ingram Micro Canada.

According to IDC between 2003 and 2008, the Canadian Linux O/S market is expected to grow from $3.2 million in license and maintenance revenues to $7.3 million, with expected server shipments with Linux installed estimated to grow from US$92 million to US$263 million. The Linux Education Forum consists of a series of seminars followed by a demo fair where resellers and end users can interact with vendors in identifying Linux-based opportunities, understanding the solutions available and total cost savings of migrating to Linux O/S.

Guest speaker Mark Smith, author of Linux in the Boardroom, spoke about Linux O/S opportunities and solutions by migrating to the Linux platform. “Technology resellers need to know how to make Linux work for their customers. There are some very simple things that they can do to get started. It doesn’t require a lot of time and money, just a few smart questions and some intelligent answers,” said Mark Smith, Outsource Channel Executives Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Solution providers focused on enterprise, mid-market space, public sector and small- to medium-sized business (SMB) targeting those technology buyers looking to migrate from UNIX to Linux will receive educational, technical and product support from Ingram Micro’s emerging technology go-to-market strategy.

Ingram Micro is building a technology solutions set that customers can combine to create a stable and reliable open source architecture. Ingram Micro’s Linux and other open source software, and hardware technologies from leading manufacturers include HP, IBM Hardware, IBM Software, Net Integration, Novell, Red Hat, Apple and Net IQ.

The Knowledge Forums is a series of three separate training and education sessions focused on Linux, Mac and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) held throughout 2004 and 2005. Technology manufacturers and solution providers requesting more information on Ingram Micro’s Linux and open source sales opportunities or the Knowledge Forums should contact their Ingram Micro sales or marketing representative.

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