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Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Conference Schedule

The Linux Foundation has 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 the LinuxCon site.

 

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