The Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon and CloudOpen Schedule, New Keynote Confirmations

Linux creator Linus Torvalds confirmed for Linux Kernel Panel; event sessions and keynotes to help define open cloud, forecast future of cloud computing and Linux development

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the complete program and new keynote confirmations for LinuxCon and CloudOpen, taking place together in San Diego, Calif., August 29-31, 2012.

This is the debut year of CloudOpen, which is the only event dedicated to open source, standards and APIs in the cloud. It is designed for software developers and IT managers responsible for deploying and developing cloud solutions and will cover all major open cloud technologies. The event is being run in parallel with LinuxCon North America, which is the world’s leading conference addressing all matters Linux for the global business and technical communities.

Keynote Sessions to Deliver Both Technical and Business Insights on Future of Linux, Open Source and Cloud Computing

The latest keynote confirmations for LinuxCon and CloudOpen include:

  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds has been confirmed to join the exclusive Linux Kernel Panel moderated by James Bottomley, CTO of Server Virtualization at Parallels. This panel will include key kernel maintainers who will share the results of discussions that take place at the co-located Kernel Summit.
  • The event will kick off with a keynote panel that will attempt to define the open cloud for further collaboration during the week. Red Hat’s Gluster Community Manager John Mark Walker will moderate a panel that includes representatives from Citrix, Eucalyptus and OpenStack who will discuss how the open cloud is being defined, including perspective on the cloud stack, platforms and the role of open source software.
  • Veteran technology executives from Canonical, Google App Engine, and Opscode will debate IaaS vs. PaaS in a keynote panel titled “IaaS vs PaaS: Composite Primitives for Building in the Cloud.”
  • HP’s Bdale Garbee, CTO of Linux and Open Source, and Richard Kaufmann, Chief Technologist of HP’s Cloud Services will discuss the intersections for HP’s Linux and cloud strategies.
  • Senior Director of Cloud Computing at Citrix, Mark Hinkle, will speculate on the evolution of cloud computing in a keynote titled “The Cloud in 20 Years.”
  • Intel’s Director of Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou will talk about importance of Linux at Intel.
  • SUSE’s Michael Miller, Vice President of Global Alliances, will deliver a keynote on building private clouds titled “Service Oriented Clouds: Responding to Lines of Business.”
  • Canonical Vice President of Cloud at Canonical Kyle MacDonald will present “Open Cloud: Collapsing the Layers.” 

Previously confirmed keynotes include Twitter’s Chris Aniszczyk, Qualcomm Innovation Center’s Rob Chandhok, former HP executive and author of “Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation,” Phil McKinney; and Jim Zemlin.

“The LinuxCon and CloudOpen events are providing a unique, neutral forum where the most important technical issues and content can be presented and discussed,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Collaboration begets the best technologies, and we’re looking forward to what will result from this year’s powerhouse of Linux and cloud events taking place in San Diego this August.”

Sessions Spotlight Latest Technology Trends, Hottest Projects in Linux and the Cloud

The following sessions provide some examples of the breadth of technical content planned for this year’s events:

  • The Giant IT Vending Machine, Erica Brescia, CEO at BitRock
  • Achieving Infrastructure Portability with Chef, Matt Ray, Senior Technical Evangelist at Opscode
  • OpenStack - Beyond the Software, Jonathan Bryce, Co-Founder at Rackspace
  • The Accidental DBA, Josh Berkus, CEO of PostgreSQL Experts
  • SLAM: A Mutable Slab Allocator, David Rientjes, Senior Software Engineer at Google
  • Build Cloud Aware Applications, Chris Haddad, Vice President of Technology Evangelism at WSO2
  • Why Management Needs Git, Paul Sherwood, CEO at Codethink
  • Life After BerkeleyDB: OpenLDAP's Memory-Mapped Database, Howard Chu, Chief Architect, OpenLDAP Project

The LinuxCon and CloudOpen schedules include more than 140 keynotes and sessions. The complete schedule for LinuxCon can be seen here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/schedule. The CloudOpen schedule is available here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudopen/schedule.

Beyond Sessions: Multiple Opportunities for Networking, Collaboration

LinuxCon, well-known for its accessible and engaging evening events, will together with CloudOpen host the following social opportunities this year:

  • CloudStack-sponsored CloudOpen launch party on the Andaz Rooftop overlooking San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District.
  • Welcome reception sponsored by Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC) and Code Aurora Forum (CAF) overlooking the San Diego cityscape and bay at Bali Hai Restaurant.
  • Intel-sponsored evening event at historic Hotel del Coronado on the ocean.

To maximize collaboration across all Linux and open cloud stakeholders, LinuxCon and CloudOpen are co-located with more than 10 other events this year: the Linux Kernel Summit, Linux Plumbers Conference, Opscode Chef Workshop; Red Hat Gluster Workshop; oVirt Workshops; Security Mini-Summit; GStreamer Conference: The C Conference; and Xen Summit.

Registration for both LinuxCon and CloudOpen this year is U.S. $500 through July 28th. To register, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/register For more information about LinuxCon, CloudOpen or other Linux events, please visit http://events.linuxfoundation.org or watch this video that showcases the LinuxCon experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTFqJC_tDdQ

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, Linux videos 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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