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Linux Plumbers Conf 2009


2009 Linux Plumbers Conference Call For Topics

Last year’s Linux Plumbers Conference covered a range of exciting topics such as power management, video integration, SSD’s, audio, and fast boot. This year the LPC program committee invites the community to submit ideas for topics for microconferences. All users, vendors and developers are welcome. Topics should relate to the Linux kernel and related support infrastructure, or “plumbing”, such as system libraries, daemons, scripts, desktop libraries, window managers, and so on.

In addition, good topics will cut across community boundaries, and should generate beneficial change. For example, a microconf on how to use the Linux kernel’s RCU implementation would be a poor choice for the Linux Plumbers Conference because (1) it is wholly contained within the Linux kernel, (2) it is of interest to a fairly small subset of even the kernel community, and (3) it simply describes what is already present in the kernel rather than motivating substantial widely visible improvements.

Microconferences will be a half day in length (2.5 hours), so good topics should involve multiple viewpoints, generate productive discussions, and, most important, result in real patches that make the Linux plumbing work better in a widely visible way. Each microconference will need a “runner” to run the microconference, including refining the topic, selecting speakers, and actually running the microconference. We of course welcome topic suggestions from people who don’t want to actually be the runner for the microconference, but topics lacking runners cannot be accommodated.

Feel free to review the microconferences from 2008 and to refer to an example description and schedule. Please post your suggestions as a comment to the article.

There will be a more formal Call For Participation posted in April, however, in keeping with the spirit of the Linux Plumbers Conference, we are starting out a bit informally. Microconference proposals that garner sufficient interest and support and that seem likely to have a good effect on the plumbing will be included in the formal Call For Participation along with the contact information for the runner for that microconference. Please note that a number of microconference slots will be reserved for late-Summer decisions in order to ensure focus on topics that are hot during the September 23rd—25th timeframe when the conference will be held.

Again, please submit topic ideas as comments to the article.

Linux Plumbers Conference 2009 Date and Venue

Linux Plumbers Conference
23-25 September 2009
Portland, Oregon USA

We are pleased to announce that the Linux Plumbers Conference will be held in Portland, OR on September 21-23 2009 at the Portland Mariott Waterfront Hotel. Additional details will be announced soon.

About the Conference

The Linux Plumbers Conference is a developer conference for the open source community. LPC brings together the top developers working on the “plumbing” of Linux – kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing system, etc. – and gives them three days to work together on core design problems. LPC is held directly following the 2009 LinuxCon, in Portland, Oregon.

UPDATE: This post originally had the date as 21-23 September 2009. The correct date is 23-25 September 2009. Sorry for the confusion.

Keynote Video Available

The Linux Plumbers Conference keynote address by Greg Kroah-Hartman is now available on Google Video. Greg’s introduction by James Bottomley is also available.

Other recordings were attempted during the conference but were unsuccessful due to a number of technical problems.

Linux Plumbers Conf- huge success and looking to 2009

Linux Plumbers Conf was a huge success due to the huge effort put forth by the organizers and the great turnout of attendees. Thanks everyone!

For those who weren’t able to make it LWN has a collection of good wrap-up articles on the front page. Also, we will be posting videos of select talks in the next few days- keep an eye on this blog for details.

Looking towards LPC 2009

Next year we would like to get other people involved in the conference organization and planning. If you are interested in helping please register for the 2008 WRAP PARTY / 2009 Kickoff taking place this Friday September 26th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Portland’s Andina’s Restaurant – 2nd floor (above the restaurant).

Online Registration Closes Friday

Online registration for Linux Plumbers Conference closes Friday,
September 12th, or when the limit of 300 attendees has been reached,
whichever comes first. Register here

If you plan to attend, we recommend registering as soon as possible as
the conference is nearly sold out.

Regular registration fee is $300, which includes access to the entire
technical program, the joint Kernel Summit/Linux Plumbers Conference
party on Tuesday night, and the Wednesday reception. The student
registration fee is $50.

Speakers Announcement and Early Bird Registration Reminder

The list of accepted talks for Linux Plumbers Conf is now available.

Speakers and topics include “The Btrfs Filesystem: Design, Status and Goals” by Chris Mason, “From Naught to Sixty in 5 Seconds (Making Boot Fast)” by Arjan van de Ven and Auke Kok, and “Graphics Drivers in the Kernel: 20 years late” by Dave Airlie and Jesse Barnes. Talks will be followed by round-table discussion about the direction of future development in the project. This is an excellent opportunity for vendors, distributions, hardware manufacturers, and Linux developers to influence the technical direction of these subsystems. See the LPC speakers page for a complete list of topics.

New Microconference on Early Boot and Init

Dave Jones, the Fedora kernel maintainer, will be running a new microconference on early boot and init. Topics include standardizing early boot across distributions and improving boot time. Representatives from various distros can discuss existing features, difficult problems, and solutions relating to early boot and init.

Early Bird Registration Closes August 18th

The conference registration fee increases from $250 to $300 on August 18th.

The student registration fee is $50. Students are encouraged to register by August 18th.