LinuxCon, CloudOpen and co-located events become largest technical gathering of Linux and open cloud professionals in North America
SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2013 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the schedule and program for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America with an increased emphasis on technical content, as well as new activities aimed at encouraging newcomer participation that can fuel the future of Linux, open cloud and collaborative development. The events take place together in New Orleans, La., September 16-18, 2013.
New this year is a joint LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers Conference technical track that was produced in partnership with the Linux Plumbers Conference committee. This collaboration will result in increased technical content focused on core development, offering even the highest-level developers the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge.
With more than 140 sessions and keynotes and co-located events that include a Gluster Workshop, Linux Security Summit, Linux Plumbers Conference, Linux Wireless Summit, UEFI Plugfest and Xen Project User Summit, LinuxCon and CloudOpen will host the largest collection of technology talent in North America. CloudOpen is the only technical conference that focuses on the open cloud and those projects that comprise it all in one place, including CloudStack, Ceph, Chef, Gluster, KVM, OpenStack, Puppet, SaltStack, Xen Project and more.
The following sessions provide some examples of the depth of technical content available at this year’s LinuxCon and CloudOpen events:
LinuxCon North America
* The Changing Kernel Development Process, by Jonathan Corbet, LWN.net
* Will Parallel Programming Ever Become Routine? presented by Paul E. McKenney, IBM
* Case Study: Doing a Live Upgrade of Many Thousand Servers at Google
from an Ancient Red Hat Distribution to Recent Debian-Based One, presented by Marc Merlin, Google
* Tutorial: High Availability Solutions for MySQL and MariaDB, presented by Max
Mether, MySQL AB
* Power Management in the Linux Kernel: Current Status and Future, by Rafael J. Wysocki, Intel OTC
CloudOpen North America
* Everything I Know About the Cloud, I Learned from Game of Thrones, by
Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, Citrix
* Building a Secure Cloud, presented by Matthew Garrett, Nebula
* QEMU 2.x and Beyond: The Foundation of the Open Cloud, presented by Anthony Liguori, IBM Linux Technology Center
* What Two DBAs Wish They had Known Before Virtualizing on OpenStack, by
Mason Morris and Doug Liming, SAS
* Lessons Learned Building a Hybrid Cloud Service, by Noa Resare, Spotify
New to the keynote lineup is Dr. Arvin Krishna, general manager, Information Software at IBM. He will speak about Linux, Cloud, and Next-Generation Workloads. Recently announced keynote confirmations for LinuxCon and CloudOpen include Linux creator Linus Torvalds, Google’s Chris DiBona and TED fellow and artist Candy Chang. Also confirmed to keynote are HP’s Brian Aker, OpenStack’s Jonathan Bryce, Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly, Valve’s Gabe Newell, Intel’s Dirk Hohndel, Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton and The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin.
To review the complete programs for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america/program/schedule 
Fueling the Future of Linux, Open Cloud and Collaborative Development
Fueling the Future of New Orleans
This year, LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America attendees will have the opportunity to give back to the event’s host city by partnering with local nonprofit Fuel the Future Foundation. This organization provides meals and after school programs to under-resourced kids in the New Orleans area, advancing the potential for these kids to shape the future. Attendees will have the opportunity to donate funds, assemble food backpacks and donate computer equipment. The Linux Foundation will contribute a 100 percent match of all attendee donations and has committed to a minimum $5,000 donation, allowing Fuel the Future to launch their food backpack program in a new school.
Also new this year are two events both focused on fueling the future of Linux, open cloud and collaborative development.
The Linux Foundation this year will host a Newcomers Reception on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 5:00pm in the 8 Block Bar at the Hyatt. It’s important for The Linux Foundation to reach out to new speakers and attendees and encourage their participation in these events. The reception will help maximize the experience for first-time attendees and speakers who might otherwise not be inclined to introduce themselves to other attendees throughout the conference. By hosting this on Sunday night, the organization hopes it will increase interactions throughout the week and give new attendees the opportunity to meet some of the key Linux kernel contributors who will be attendance. Registration  is open to first-time attendees only.
Women in OSS Luncheon
The Linux Foundation this year will introduce a Women in Open Source Luncheon at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America. The luncheon will be free and will take place Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 12:40pm in the Celestin H Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Regency. This is a networking opportunity for women in open source to connect and learn from each other. Register today. 
The Linux Foundation is also offering scholarships for women who want to attend LinuxCon and CloudOpen but are not sponsored by a company or do not have personal funds to attend. Apply here. 
LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America are made possible with generous support from Diamond sponsor for both events, Intel; LinuxCon Platinum sponsors Citrix, HP, IBM and Qualcomm Innovation Center; CloudOpen Platinum sponsors CloudStack and HP; LinuxCon Gold sponsors LSI Corporation, Samsung and SUSE; and CloudOpen Gold Sponsors OpenDaylight, OpenStack and SUSE.
Standard registration closes for both events July 28, 2013, after which the conference price will go up $100 to $675. One pass gets attendees into both events. To register for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America, please visit the Linux Foundation events site. 
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including LinuxCon (and CloudOpen?), and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org .
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