* Linux insiders will come together first week in April for collaboration on legal, enterprise, social, and mobile opportunities for the platform
* Keynotes confirmed from Facebook, Huawei and NYSE Technologies, among others
* Co-located with Linux Foundation’s Member Legal Summit and Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit
SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced exclusive keynotes for its Sixth Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. The Summit takes place April 3-5, 2012 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is the only invitation-only event where a cross-section of leaders from the Linux developer, industry and end user communities meet face-to-face to tackle today’s most pressing opportunities for the platform. The Summit serves Linux Foundation members, workgroup contributors and community members and is designed to accelerate collaboration and problem solving by bringing key stakeholders together in a neutral setting.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky, Huawei’s Timo Jokiaho, Intel’s Imad Sousou and NYSE Technology’s Feargal O’Sullivan. These companies together represent Linux’s fundamental role in today’s most advanced computing environments. Social networks, financial institutions, and mobile and embedded device makers are pushing the limits on operating systems and redefining mission critical workloads.
Highlights from Day One of the Collaboration Summit include a welcome address from Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, followed by these keynote sessions:
* Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky will share an update on the Open Compute project and how openness and collaborative development are transforming the data center.
* Huawei’s Chief Technology Officer Timo Jokiaho will discuss how Linux is helping mobile carriers meet the data demands of consumers. Huawei is a global information and communications technology company with solutions for telecom networks, devices and cloud computing, among others.
* Feargal O’Sullivan heads up Global Alliances at NYSE Technologies and will talk about the OpenMAMA project, including how the company identified an opportunity to open source its messaging API technology, the process it underwent to do so, and why it chose The Linux Foundation to host it.
* IBM’s Gerrit Huizenga will give a reality check on the state of Linux and the cloud in a presentation titled “The Clouds Are Coming: Are We Ready?”
* The exclusive Linux Kernel Panel this year is hosted by Linux Foundation Fellow and Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and includes James Bottomley of Parallels, John Linville of Red Hat and Keith Packard of Intel.
* Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou will illustrate for Collaboration Summit attendees the importance of Linux at Intel.
* Black Duck’s Phil Odence will host a keynote panel titled “Getting the Kinks Out of the Software Supply Chain.” The panel will explore SPDX implementation and share examples of how this standard is reducing the cost associated with open source compliance. Panelists include: Mark Gisi, Wind River Systems; Scott Lammons, HP; and Jack Manbeck, Texas Instruments.
During days two and three of the event, attendees will split into workgroup meetings to address topics such as HPC/HA, Filesystems, Linux Standard Base (LSB), LTSI, OpenMAMA, Tizen, Tracing, UEFI, Yocto Project, and more.
A dedicated legal track will take place on Day Two of the Summit. Topics range from understanding the General Public License (GPL) to legal and compliance issues to the Linux system legal definition. Speakers include: Keith Bergelt, Open Invention Network; Richard Fontana, Red Hat; Mark Gisi, Wind River Systems; Bradley Kuhn, Software Freedom Conservancy; Karen Sandler, GNOME Foundation; and Aaron Williamson, Software Freedom Law Center.
“The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is a very important event for companies and developers working the most with the Linux kernel community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Major advancements on Linux are achieved every year at the Summit and the keynote speakers help illustrate the ripest opportunities for the platform in the year ahead.”
Co-Located Events Increase Collaboration
Starting one day prior to the Collaboration Summit, The Linux Foundation Member Legal Summit takes place April 2, 2012 at the Hotel Nikko. This event provides the only neutral, nonprofit legal forum where leading attorneys from companies deploying Linux and open source based solutions, as well as the community, can work together to focus on the issues of greatest common interest and concern. For more information about this event, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/legal-summit 
Also taking place at the Hotel Nikko during the week of The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is the Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit. It will be held April 1-2, 2012 and will give developers and researchers an intimate forum in which to advance Linux in these areas. For more information about this event, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/lsfmm-summit 
Onsite Linux Training Opportunities Maximize Attendance
In parallel with the Collaboration Summit program, the following Linux training courses will be available onsite at the Hotel Nikko: Advanced Linux Performance Tuning and Overview of Open Source Compliance. These courses are prepared by well-known Linux developers and provide a unique opportunity for colleagues to train together while attending the conference. For more information, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/collaboration-summit/linux-training 
To review the complete Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit schedule, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/collaboration-summit/schedule 
To request an invitation, please visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/collaboration-summit/request-an-invitation 
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is made possible with generous support from Platinum sponsor Intel and Gold sponsors Huawei and IBM, among others.
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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