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The Linux Foundation has announced the first round of keynote speakers for LinuxCon, their annual Linux conference. The line up this year includes some interesting folks, including Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation, and Ravi Simhambhatla, CIO for Virgin America. In addition to a “Linux Kernel Roundtable” with notable kernel maintainers there will also be a number of mini-summits with focused discussion on specific aspects of Linux development: file systems, KVM, Xen, power management, and more.

LinuxCon runs August 10-12, with early bird registrations open now for $300 ($100 for students, with proper ID). Hurry, early bird registration ends tomorrow!

If you can’t make it to LinuxCon, keep in mind that Stormy Peters will also be keyoting at the Ohio LinuxFest this year! OLF is September 10-12, and is free to attend!

Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Keynotes, Mini-Summits

Virgin America CIO, open source legal pioneer Eben Moglen and Forrester Research analyst are among the keynotes confirmed for this year’s premier Linux conference; new mini-summits extend developer collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2010 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its keynote speakers and panels for North America’s premier annual conference LinuxCon (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon) taking place in Boston August 10-12, 2010.

Confirmed keynote presenters and panelists for this year’s LinuxCon include:

Ravi Simhambhatla, vice president and chief information officer at Virgin America, the San Francisco-based domestic airline. Simhambhatla will share with LinuxCon attendees how he sold the use of Linux and open source to internal colleagues and how he and his teams are maximizing it today.

The Linux Kernel Roundtable. LinuxCon is one of the only places attendees can hear directly form the Linux kernel developers. The Linux Kernel Roundtable will include a hand-selected group of top maintainers that include:
§ James Bottomley, Novell distinguished engineer and Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem, the Linux Voyager port and the 53c700 driver;
§ Jon Corbet, Linux kernel developer and editor, Linux Weekly News (LWN);
§ Dave Jones, Fedora kernel maintainer;
§ Chris Mason; director of Linux kernel engineering at Oracle and creator of the btrfs file system; and
§ Ted Ts’o, North America’s first kernel developer and fellow at Google.

Eben Moglen, founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Moglen will discuss legal defense strategies for Linux and open
source software projects, including an update on GPLv2 and GPLv3 adoption.

Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Peters will explore how data is being stored and accessed in the cloud and what that means for Linux and open source.

Jeffrey S. Hammond, principal analyst, Forrester Research. Hammond will present recent data that shows increased developer adoption of open source platforms, frameworks and development processes as well as heightened awareness by IT management of the benefits of a mixed source development model.

“The LinuxCon keynotes and panels represent the Linux ecosystem and its major insiders – from the developer, business, operations and legal communities,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “LinuxCon covers all matters Linux and is a must-attend event for anyone in technology who is taking advantage of Linux – and that means everyone.”

The Linux Foundation today also announced a variety of focused mini-summits to be hosted on August 9, 2010. These mini-summits provide a forum for developer communities to come together face-to-face and make progress on their projects while gaining the advantage of being in the same location as LinuxCon where they can network with the larger Linux community.

Mini-summits currently include: KVM Forum; Linux Storage & Filesystems Workshop; Xen Directions; and the Linux Security, Bluetooth, Tracing and Power Management Summits. For more information on the LinuxCon mini-summits, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/mini-summits.

LinuxCon brings together technical and business leadership for unmatched opportunities to collaborate and learn about all matters Linux. In its debut year (2009), the conference sold out and was host for sessions that addressed developer, business and operations topics while providing a tech showcase, morning yoga studio and a variety of evening parties.

LinuxCon this year is supported by platinum sponsors HP, IBM, Intel and Novell; and bronze sponsors Canonical, NetApp and SoftLayer Technologies. Early bird registration closes May 6, 2010. To take advantage of the early registration discount, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/register.

To stay up to date on final accepted speaking submissions, last-minute keynote additions and program updates, please follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/linuxfoundation.

Linux Foundation events provide developers, IT operations experts, end users, industry executives the media with a vendor-neutral, nonprofit forum in which collaboration and education advance knowledge and accelerate the advancement of Linux. The events provide a platform for new Linux and open source developments to be revealed and discussed. To get more information about all Linux Foundation events, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as Linux.com. For more information, please visit: http://linuxfoundation.org.

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