Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Conference Schedule; Linus Torvalds to Participate in Keynote Panel

Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Conference Schedule; Linus Torvalds to Participate in Keynote Panel

Business, developer and operations tracks present the latest developments in Linux and surface new opportunities for job seekers

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2009 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the confirmed conference schedule and speakers’ lineup for this year’s LinuxCon. The event, a new annual technical conference designed to provide a collaboration and education space for all matters Linux, takes place September 21 – 23, 2009 in Portland, Oregon at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

LinuxCon brings together the end user and developer communities to meet and learn from their peers, as well as to teach others. LinuxCon eliminates the traditional tradeshow environment to provide a forum where attendees can educate themselves on the latest technical advances of the Linux platform.

“LinuxCon will provide a physical meeting place where all Linux stakeholders can discuss their work and have an impact on advancing the Linux operating system,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “In today’s economic environment, Linux skills are in high demand, and gaining access to new information and advanced knowledge provides the right foundation for a productive career path. LinuxCon comes at just the right time.”

LinuxCon, co-located with the annual Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC), has confirmed more than 75 sessions in three distinct tracks - Business, Developer and Operations – as well as tutorials and a special Keynote Panel.

Confirmed session highlights include:
Keynote Panel
• A Roundtable Discussion on the Linux Kernel: Moderated by kernel developer and maintainer James Bottomley and featuring Linux creator Linus Torvalds, the panel will address the technology, the process and the future of Linux.

Business
• Matt Asay, vice president of business development for Alfresco and recognized CNET blogger, will detail the true cost of Linux and open source in “Beyond the Hype: The True Cost of Linux and Open Source.”

• The 451 Group industry analyst Jay Lyman will discuss how community Linux translates into the enterprise with his session titled, “What does Community Linux Mean to the Enterprise Now?”

Developer
• Jon Corbet, Linux kernel contributor and co-founder of LWN.net, will give his perspective on the state of the Linux kernel in “The Kernel Report” session.

• Marcel Holtmann, who works for the Open Source Technology Center at Intel, will present “New Connection Manager for Embedded Linux Systems.”

Other Developer sessions will address GPL exceptions and their legal implications; KVM and virtualization usage models; tracing; kernel regressions, and embedded systems, among other topics.

Operations
• Associate Director at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Vinod Kutty will share his own experiences with deploying Linux in “Implementing Enterprise Linux on x86 Servers: Benefits, Challenges and the Things You Don’t Know That May Hurt You.”

• Javier Soltero, chief technology officer of management products at SpringSource, will discuss how to manage data in a virtual environment with his session titled “Virtually Impossible? Successfully Managing the Virtual Data Center.”

The Operations track will also feature topics such as securing and managing virtual images; server management with Puppet; server profiling and auditing; building packages for multiple distributions; and a variety of other sessions of interest to systems administrators and architects.

Tutorials
Tutorials will provide attendees with the opportunity for hands-on interaction with the Linux community’s highly respected kernel developers. Confirmed tutorials include, among others:

• Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel developer and leader of the Linux Driver Project, will host a session on how to “Write a Real, Working Linux Driver.”

• Paul Moore, creator of NetLabel and developer at HP, will go into detail on “The How of NetLabel.”

To review the full LinuxCon schedule, including previously announced keynotes, please visit us here.

Early Bird, Member and Corporate Discounts
A variety of discounts are still available: The early bird discount will be available until June 1, 2009 at $299; companies get a 15 percent discount when they send three or more people; and Linux Foundation Individual Members and Linux Plumbers Conference attendees receive 30% off of LinuxCon registration. To register to attend LinuxCon, please click here. For more information on discounts, email us.

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 resources and services that include exclusive events and online collaboration, including LinuxCon and Linux.com. For more information, please visit the Foundation website.

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