The Linux Foundation Announces Keynotes and Program for Annual Collaboration Summit

Summit brings together leadership from throughout the Linux community, offers keynote highlights from Google, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Yahoo! and more, and kicks off 20th Anniversary of Linux celebrations

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced exclusive keynotes and the full program for its Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. The Summit takes place April 6-8, 2011 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is the only event where a cross-section of leaders from the Linux developer, industry and end user communities meet face-to-face to tackle today’s most pressing issues facing Linux, including technical development, legal topics, ISV porting and end user requirements.

The Summit is an invitation-only event that caters to Linux Foundation members and workgroup contributors. It is designed to accelerate collaboration and problem solving by bringing key stakeholders together in a neutral setting.

Keynotes Highlight Growth Areas for Linux, Success Stories
This year’s Collaboration Summit mirrors the changing landscape of Linux with keynotes and panels on the rising use of the Operating System (OS) in mobile and embedded products, as well as the continued success of Linux in the enterprise and cloud computing. Google will present a keynote on the changing technical needs of cloud providers and Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC) will discuss how mobile success is driving innovation for Linux.

Highlights from Day One of the Collaboration Summit include a welcome keynote from Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, followed by:

• Keynotes from Google’s Michael Rubin, who will discuss filesystems in the cloud, and Qualcomm’s Mark Charlebois, who will talk about how mobile demand is driving innovations in Linux.

• A “Yocto Project” panel of experts that will discuss how collaboration in the embedded Linux community can increase software consistencies and ease development. Panelists from Texas Instruments and Wind River will join ex-Apple executive and industry luminary Steve Sakoman for this discussion moderated by The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin.

• The exclusive Linux Kernel Panel includes: James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Distinguished Engineer at Novell; Jon Corbet, Kernel Developer and Editor at Linux Weekly News (LWN); Thomas Gleixner, Linux kernel developer; and Andrew Morton, co-maintainer of the Ext3 filesystem and the journalling layer for block devices.

• Linux Kernel Developer Greg Kroah-Hartman will moderate a panel that will share select Linux’ Hardware Success Stories. Panelists from Intel, QuIC and Texas Instruments will participate.

• “What’s Next for Linux in the Enterprise and the Cloud,” will address the latest advancements in Linux and cloud computing. Panelists from AMD, DeviceVM/Splashtop and Yahoo! will participate in this discussion led by The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin.

During days two and three of the event, attendee will split into workgroup meetings to address topics such as OpenPrinting, MeeGo, Linux Standard Base (LSB), Open Compliance, Yocto, Tracing, and more.

In parallel with the Collaboration Summit program, the following Linux training courses will be available onsite at Hotel Kabuki: Linux Performance Tuning, Advanced Linux Performance Tuning and Embedded Linux Development: A Crash Course. These courses are prepared by well-known Linux developers and provide a unique opportunity for colleagues to train together while attending the conference.

To review the complete Summit schedule, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/collaboration-summit/schedule. To request an invitation, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/collaboration-summit/request-an-invitation.

20th Anniversary of Linux Celebrations to Kick Off at the Summit
The Linux community this year will come together to celebrate 20 years of Linux. In August of 1991, Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted what today is an infamous message to share with the world that he was building a new operating system. The Linux Foundation will kick off the year’s 20th anniversary celebrations at the Collaboration Summit and attendees will learn what else is in store as the months leading up to the official celebration (August 2011) unfold.

“The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit continues to be one of our most important events of the year. It’s a unique opportunity for Linux stakeholders from all areas of the ecosystem to learn, share and collaborate face-to-face,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Summit will showcase how Linux is maturing while kicking off an important year for the OS that will include 20th anniversary celebrations where people from throughout the community can participate online or at our events in a variety of different ways.”

The Linux Foundation invites everyone to participate in this important milestone. There will be a variety of ways to get involved, including an opportunity to record a personal message to the rest of the community about Linux’ past, present and future in the “20th Anniversary Video Booth” onsite.

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is made possible with generous support from Platinum sponsors IBM, Intel and QuIC; Gold sponsors Qt Development Frameworks and Texas Instruments; Silver sponsors AMD and Google; and Bronze sponsor Softlayer, with additional support from MeeGo and Sonic.net.

The Embedded Linux Conference and Android™ Builders Summit both take place the week following The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. More information on these conferences can be found at The Linux Foundation Events website: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

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