Linux Foundation Launches New Linux Event – LinuxCon – and Announces 2009 Event Lineup

Linux Foundation Launches New Linux Event – LinuxCon – and Announces 2009 Event Lineup

New annual technical conference will enable collaboration and education on Linux in North America

SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2008 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the creation of LinuxCon, a new annual technical conference that will be produced in the spirit of open source development – for the community, by the community. The Foundation today is also announcing the details for important Linux events including its annual Collaboration Summit and the Kernel Summit.

LinuxCon 2009 will take place September 2009 in Portland, Oregon, the open source “mecca” of North America. It will be co-located with the annual Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC), which attracts a star-studded pool of technical talent. The first LPC, held this month, gathered together 300 leaders from the development community for face-to-face discussions and technical problem solving.

LinuxCon will include paper-based technical conference sessions, tutorials, keynotes, a technology showcase and targeted mini-summits on topics such as mobile, desktop and embedded, and much more. The Linux Foundation will work with community and industry groups to provide a place for mini-summits and other collaboration vehicles.

“LinuxCon will be where the best and the brightest from the Linux community share their knowledge with papers-based conference sessions, passionate discussions, and hands-on technical sessions,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “This is not a top-down, for-profit conference controlled by a commercial entity. This is for the community, by the community.”

“LinuxCon will be a great opportunity for everyone who cares about the
success of Linux to learn, connect and collaborate,” said Kristen Accardi,
Kernel Developer and one of the founders of the Linux Plumbers Conference.

“LinuxCon will meet a crucial need for the community. We don’t have a single forum where Linux contributors and users can collaborate on real issues at every level,” said Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier, community manager, openSUSE. “The Linux Foundation is in a unique position to bring together the right people and ingredients for hands-on collaboration and productive networking. I won’t miss it.”

“As a worldwide Linux market leader and founding member of the Linux
Foundation, HP is committed to helping customers deploy Linux for
increased compute power, flexibility and IT efficiencies,” said Bdale
Garbee, Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist, HP. “We welcome a
comprehensive industry conference that takes us back to our roots and
offers developers, the user community and customers new research,
educational sessions and testimonials to speed market development of
open source alternatives.”

For LinuxCon, “community” is an inclusive concept, meaning that everyone with a stake in Linux is welcome. Linux developers will meet and learn from their peers and teach others, such as students and up-and-coming developers. Linux users can avoid the tradeshow environment while educating themselves on the latest technical advances of the Linux platform. And, whether vendors, users or developers are Linux veterans or new to the community, LinuxCon will connect them to the right people and the right information. Its co-location with the LPC and the support of the Linux Foundation will ensure that LinuxCon is attended by the most important leaders in Linux.

To support its growing events program, the Linux Foundation is also welcoming Craig Ross, co- founder of the Linux Symposium. Ross will join the Linux Foundation as Community Relations Manager.

Co-Locating with the Linux Foundation: Embedded Linux and Storage and File System Conferences

The Linux Foundation today is also announcing the dates and locations for its other popular annual events, including the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. Now in its third year, the Collaboration Summit will take place April 8 -10, 2009 in San Francisco, home to the Linux Foundation’s headquarters. It will be co-located with the CELF Embedded Linux Conference and the Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop, which will enable the Linux community to save on travel and time while accelerating collaboration within its ranks.

Also announced today is next year’s Kernel Summit dates and location. The Kernel Summit will be held in Tokyo from October 18-20, 2009 and will be co-located with the new annual Linux Foundation Tokyo Symposium. This event will build on the Foundation’s existing Japan Symposium and will mature into a large-scale technical conference that brings together developers from throughout Japan and across Asia with the goal of increasing Linux education and development in these countries.

These events are in addition to previously announced events, including the End User Summit on Wall Street this October. The Linux Foundation also hosts a variety of regional and smaller-scale events to cater to an increasing need for forums that are focused on specific aspects of the Linux Platform that apply to large enterprise users, embedded systems makers, developers and vendors.

For more information about LinuxCon or the other 2009 Linux Foundation events, please write to events@linuxfoundation.org or check out www.linux-foundation.org/events.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

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