September 22, 2000

Announcing the first annual International Linux Plug Fest

Author: JT Smith

What is a Plug Fest?:
A Plug Fest, Oct. 22-26, is an event in which major OEMs bring their latest
and
greatest systems, and
IHVs bring their components to test on all of the systems for
compatibility.
This will be a
distribution-neutral, platform neutral Linux Plug Fest, and we believe
will be a
first in the Linux
community. We will completely sponsor the event, managing all facility
requirements,
scheduling and so forth.
Sponsored by Linuxcare

October 22-26, 2000
Embassy Suites Burlingame
Burlingame, California

Please email plugfest@linuxcare.com with any specific questions that
are not covered in this document.

Please note that the registration deadline is September 15, 2000 and
the hotel room reservation deadline is October 1, 2000.

Questions and Answers:

What is a Plug Fest?:
A Plug Fest is a 2-3 day event in which major OEMs bring their latest
and
greatest systems, and
IHVs bring their components to test on all of the systems for
compatibility.
This will be a
distribution-neutral, platform neutral Linux Plug Fest, and we believe
will be a
first in the Linux
community. We will completely sponsor the event, managing all facility
requirements,
scheduling and so forth.

Objective of the Plug Fest:
This event is being held to promote compatibility between the newest
hardware
and the latest
Linux kernel in the industry. Our goal is to eliminate interoperability
problems
by ensuring
proper implementation of Linux products.

Why participate?:
Why not? What better opportunity to bring the leaders in the OEM
systems market
together
with the major IHVs to conduct mutual testing against their products
together
with the latest
Linux kernel.

Dates of the Plug Fest:
The dates for this event are October 22-26, 2000. Vendors may opt to
stay longer
and schedule
debug sessions with one another, if needed. Please bear in mind that
the
participant
registration deadline is September 15, 2000 and the hotel room
reservation
deadline is
October 1, 2000.

Location:
Embassy Suites Burlingame
150 Anza Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 342-4600 (local)
Toll free: (800) 433-4600 (from any US location)
Fax: (408) 262-8604

How it Will Work:
Linuxcare will facilitate the process by scheduling private, 1 hour
test
sessions between add-in
card and system, motherboard, and BIOS vendors. Linuxcare Labs will
provide
technical
consultants and "gurus" to assist in testing and debugging. Engineers
must
accompany all
equipment tested. Please see that attached Test Plan for more details
on
testing.

How to Register:
1.Make hotel reservations by calling the hotel at (800) 433-4600 by
October 1,
2000. Identify
yourself as attending the Linuxcare 1st Annual International Linux Plug
Fest and
ask for the
group rate so they will book you into the reserved block of rooms. If
you need
a 6 ft. table in
your room for system testing, be sure to ask for one when registering
at the
hotel. Hotel rate
information can be found below
2.Follow instructions on the attached registration form (and test
information,
if appropriate) and
fax to Kirk Wells at (415) 701-0792 by September 15, 2000.
3.Remember to pre-register EACH individual from your company to obtain
a badge,
to be
confirmed for meals, and to obtain event materials.

System / Motherboard / BIOS Vendors:
Linuxcare has reserved a block of rooms for all vendors who will be
attending
the workshop as
system, motherboard and BIOS testers. Hotel reservation information is
below.

Equipment to Bring:
Each product owner in the sessions is required to bring the equipment
listed
below:

System/Motherboard Vendors:
PCI system with monitor, diskette drive, CD drive, keyboard and mouse.

Add-in Card Vendors:
2 each of the boards to be tested, S/W drivers on diskette or CD.
Any hardware required for card operation other than that supplied
provided by
the system
vendors. Example: A portable server if you have a LAN card or a device
on the
secondary
side of a bridge for bridge testing.

BIOS Vendors:
Same equipment as System/Motherboard vendor plus all software needed
to fix
bugs and
regenerate BIOS

Important Notes:
Bring quality equipment.
If you have more than 5 products to test, specify on your RSVP that
you want to
have more than
1 test slot and we will account for this in our test schedule.
You must call or check in on Sunday, October 22nd to confirm your
involvement
if you want to
test products or you will be dropped from the schedule.
If you need a 6-foot table in your room, please indicate this on the
registration and hotel
reservation form provided.

Shipping Instructions:
Please have your shipment arrive at the hotel no earlier than October
20, 2000.
Ship to:
Embassy Suites Burlingame
150 Anza Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010
Attn.: Hold for (Your name / Your company name / Tel.) / October
22-26,
2000
Phone: (650) 342-4600

Cost to Participate:
The cost of attendance and admission to the event are free.
This event is non-hosted. The Plug Fest participants will be
responsible for
all of their own
travel, food, and hotel expenses with the exception of lunch which will
be
provided for
participants each day.
Linuxcare will cover administrative expenses.

Hotel room information:
Embassy Suites contact information
Phone: (650) 342-4600 (local)
Phone: (800) 433-4600 (from any US location)
Fax: (408) 262-8604

All of the rooms are suites which can accommodate your testing
facilities as
well as a
sleeping area. The room rate is $199 plus 8.08% room tax (this is a
special
rate for the Plug
Fest so please mention it when making your reservation).
Airport transportation to and from the hotel: Hotel/Motel shuttles
depart from
the upper level,
curbside, outside ticket counters. There are two stops at the South,
one stop at
the International
and two stops at the North Terminal. Go to the Lodging, Transportation
and
Attractions Board
located in the baggage claim area of each terminal to arrange for
shuttle service.

Questions?:
If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Wells at:
Tel: (4715) 354-4325
Fax: (415) 701-7457
Email: plugfest@linuxcare.com

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