The Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Program, Confirms Linux Creator Linus Torvalds to Mark 20th Anniversary of Linux in Vancouver

Linux luminaries congregate this summer in Vancouver B.C. to collaborate on all matters Linux

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its program and schedule for this year’s LinuxCon North America event taking place in Vancouver, B.C. August 17-19, 2011.

LinuxCon is the world’s leading conference addressing all matters Linux for the global business and technical communities. Sold out every year since its debut, LinuxCon includes in-depth technical content for developers and operations personnel, as well as business and legal insight from the industry’s leaders.

LinuxCon North America 2011 will host the formal celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Linux, in which Linux creator Linus Torvalds will take part. Torvalds is confirmed to attend LinuxCon and will participate in an interview-style keynote in which he will discuss technical advancements and challenges related to the Linux kernel with kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman. {See a special digital slideshow: 1991-2011: Linus Torvalds in Pictures}

The Linux Foundation will also host a “20 Years of Linux” panel that will include Linux and open source luminaries Jon “maddog” Hall, FOSS veteran and advocate, and Eben Moglen, Software Freedom Law Center founder. The Linux Foundation’s Executive Director Jim Zemlin will moderate the exclusive panel.

Also confirmed for the final program is a keynote from Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Chairman Emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology and Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at IBM, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry. He will draw upon more than 40 years of experience to provide a unique perspective on Linux and the evolution of IT as we reflect on the 20th Anniversary of Linux milestone.

Additional session highlights from this year’s LinuxCon North America program include:

• “How to Set a Broken ARM,” presented by Grant Likely from Secret Lab, who will explore the current state of ARM and the Linux development community;
• Adobe’s Duane Nickull will present “Marching Forward: The 25% Desktop Linux Penetration Solution;
• Huawei will give its own “Open Perspective” on GPL licensing;
• “The Stable Linux Kernel Tree,” will be delivered by Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman of SUSE;
• LWN.net’s Jake Edge will present “IPv6 and Linux;”
• “ext4 Improvements for Linux Cloud Servers,” will be explored by Ted Ts’o, the first North American kernel developer and today a senior developer at Google;
• Oracle’s Chris Jones will discuss “The Changes and Challenges of PHP and Linux;”
• “Optimizing Performance of Persistent Data Storage in KVM-based Clouds” will be detailed by IBM’s Khoa Huynh;
• Open Invention Network’s Keith Bergelt will tackle “Patents and the Latest in Consumer Electronics;” and
• the co-located MeeGo™ Mini-Summit will address application and device development.

Please visit the complete LinuxCon program to see other sessions.

Keynote speakers already confirmed include:
• Mark Charlebois, Director of Open Source Strategy at Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC);
• Phil McKinney, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at HP;
• Marten Mickos, Chief Executive Officer at Eucalyptus Systems;
• Ubuntu’s Technical Architect Allison Randal;
• Clay Shirky, an award-winning author and expert on how technology shapes culture and New York University Professor on Internet and Society; and
• Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO.

The LinuxCon Gala: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Linux
The LinuxCon Gala will take place the evening of August 17, 2011 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Linux with a “Roaring 20s” theme. The Linux Foundation is assembling an unprecedented lineup of key personalities to represent Linux’s past, present and future and will host a unique ceremony with special presentations of awards. The event will include a live band, casino, and full dinner. Penguin suits (tuxedos) and “flapper” dresses will be available to rent onsite. For more information about the LinuxCon Gala, please visit the LinuxCon Social website.

The winners of this year’s Linux Foundation Video and T-shirt design contests will also be featured at LinuxCon. Submit your video here at the Linux.com Video site.

Vote for your favorite T-shirt design here.

There are also multiple onsite Linux training opportunities for LinuxCon attendees. For more information on these courses, including Linux Performance Tuning, Embedded Linux Development and Open Source Compliance, please visit the Linux training opportunities at the LinuxCon website.

Platinum sponsors for LinuxCon North America 2011 include HP, IBM, Intel and
Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC). Huawei is a Gold sponsor of the event.

Early-bird registration is still available at U.S. $500 through July 8, 2011. To register, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/register. Members of the press interested in attending should contact The Linux Foundation’s Jennifer Cloer at Jennifer@linuxfoundation.org.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, 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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