Call for Speaker Proposals

The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) 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. The conference is divided into several microconferences focusing on different “plumbing” topics, as well as a general track for topics that don’t fit into the microconferences.

LPC is requesting proposals to speak at the LPC microconferences and general track. Microconference topics include:

* The future of Linux storage
* Video input infrastructure and V4L2
* Power management and tools for efficient resource usage
* Future displays and input devices
* Dbus for desktop integration
* Linux server management
* XCB and graphics
* Audio
* Kernel/userspace interfaces
* Debugging, tuning, tracing, and profiling

General track topics include any technical topic related to the Linux software “ecosystem.” Preference will be given to proposals presenting a reasonable solution to a well-known or little-recognized problem, rather than just a problem description.

The exact timing and organization of speaking slots will be under the control of each microconference’s organizer, but as a general rule talks should be less than 25 minutes long and speakers should expect discussion and audience interaction. The format of the general track will be determined based on accepted submissions, but will also tend towards short, discussion-oriented talks.

Submission format

LPC invites speaker proposals in the form of extended abstracts. All proposals will be reviewed by the LPC Technical Program Committee (TPC). The extended abstract may be up to 500 words and should include your qualifications to speak about the topic, an overview of your presentation, and why your presentation will appeal to a technical audience. We also encourage the submission of extended abstracts from members of the academic community on topics of current interest in the Linux community. We are particularly interested in researchers seeking community feedback on work in progress. Proposals to speak on previously published work are welcome, in particular work that has not yet come to the attention of the Linux community.

Submissions should include:

* Extended abstract (for publication on conference website, max 500 words)
* Speaker bio (for publication on conference website, max 250 words)
* Speaker’s email address and phone number
* Notes or background on the proposal if desired (not for publication)
* Whether travel assistance is requested

Email submissions to submissions@linuxplumbersconf.org. Please limit attachments (if any) to PDF format. Speaker proposals must be submitted no later than Sunday 20 July 2008 20:00 (8 PM) UTC. Notification of acceptance and rejection of proposals will be emailed to the authors by 8 August 2008. Revised versions of accepted abstracts will be accepted until 24 August 2008.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Program Committee at tpc-members@linuxplumbersconf.org.

Travel and registration

At least one author of each accepted presentation must register for LPC and present their work at the conference. Registration is free for speakers. If a speaker has already registered and paid for the conference before notification of acceptance, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover speaker travel and will be awarded based on need. If you need assistance paying for travel, please include a request in your submission. If you have any other questions, please email the program committee at tpc-members@linuxplumbersconf.org.

Sponsors

Major sponsors of the Linux Plumbers Conference include Intel, IBM, and NetApp. The LPC is underwritten by the Linux Foundation. We thank these and all of our other sponsors for their support of this community conference!

We hope to see you at Linux Plumbers Conference 2008!

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