2009 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in modern memory for corporate travel funding, which is one reason I’m extremely grateful that the registrations for LinuxCon so far have been good. Because of the tough economic climate, we wanted to make sure Linux users and developers all over the world could participate in LinuxCon without leaving their cube/office/RV/tent/etc. You can watch and participate in LinuxCon keynotes for free by registering here . Keynotes include a great line up of Linux luminaries including:
- The Kernel Panel featuring Linus Torvalds and many leaders of the kernel development team. This is a rare chance to see these guys in action in front of a mic instead of behind a keyboard.
- Bob Sutor IBM’s VP of Linux will take us through the Cloud and how IBM is making the most of their investments in Linux.
- OpenSUSE community manager Zonker takes us on a musical guide of the future of Linux. I can’t wait for this one.
- Matt Asay has a stellar line up debating the real costs of Open Source.
- Intel’s Imad Sousou gives us the details of the exciting Moblin project.
- And no Linux conference is complete without an appearance by Big Bird. Noah Broadwater, VP Information Services, Sesame Workshop talks about how they have used Linux to drive down costs but achieve more with their infrastructure.
For those of you who want to dive a little deeper, we have hand picked conference sessions over the three days that you can attend for $99 (or $49 after the conference.) You don’t actually have to be chained to your monitor. This system allows you to archive and pause the material to review at your leisure. Highlights include:
- Keeping Open Source Open. Patents, trolls and our friend in Redmond with Jim Zemlin and Keith Bergelt from the Open Invention Network.
- James Bottomley tells us how to contribute to the Linux kernel and why it makes economic sense.
- John Ellis from Motorola on How to Manage Open Source Compliance and Governance in the Enterprise.
- Kernel developer Chris Wright takes us through KSM: A mechanism for improving virtualization density with KVM
There are many more sessions as well, so please register  to attend if you’re interested.