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Featured Speakers, Early Bird Registration Deadline, and Conference Wiki

Featured Speakers at Linux Plumbers Conference

The Linux Plumbers Conference is pleased to announce two featured speakers for the upcoming conference.  Greg Kroah-Hartman will give the conference keynote, speaking about the Linux ecosystem and why it matters.  Jonathan Corbet will give a featured talk entitled “The Kernel Report,” which will include results from the Kernel Summit, held just prior to LPC.

Greg Kroah-Hartman is a Novell Fellow in the SuSE Labs division and maintains many crucial subsystems in the Linux kernel.  Greg founded and runs the Linux Driver Project, which writes and maintains drivers for hardware vendors at no cost.  Greg is an experienced speaker whose hard-hitting talks often drive the technical and political direction of Linux.  Greg’s speaking credits include the keynote speech for Ottawa Linux Symposium 2006, “3 Myths, 2 Lies, and 5 Truths about Linux Kernel Development,” and “State of the Linux Kernel” at OSCON 2004-2007.  Greg will also be running the “User and Kernel Interfaces” microconference at LPC.

Jonathan Corbet is the editor-in-chief of Linux Weekly News, a Linux kernel developer, and chronicler of many past Kernel Summits.  Jonathan will give the Kernel Report, presenting the key results of the 2008 Kernel Summit and his thoughts on the current state of Linux development and where it may be heading in the near future.

Early Bird Registration Deadline

The registration fee for Linux Plumbers Conference is $250 until August 18th, when it will increase to $300.  Speakers get free registration and speakers who register before accepted talks are announced will have their registration fee refunded in full.  Register here.

Conference Wiki Open

The wiki for Linux Plumbers Conference is now open.

The wiki is for conference members to organize meetings, ad-hoc technical sessions, and meet-ups in “unconference” style.  It can also be used to organize social events, bicycle rides, and excursions to the wide variety of Portland dining and drinking establishments.


Speaker Proposal Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for Linux Plumbers Conference speaker proposals has been extended to July 31st.  We are looking for proposals from knowledgeable speakers on timely technical topics related to core Linux software – kernel, utilities, graphics, libraries, etc.  The ideal proposal will address a specific technical problem or opportunity and suggest solutions.  Proposals targeting issues which cross sub-system boundaries – such as power management and suspend/resume – are especially encouraged.  Talks will be 25 minutes or less and serve as a starting point for round-table discussion.

LPC is an opportunity to work on technical problems face-to-face with other developers, especially between developers who seldom attend the same conference or summit.  The conference is organized into small working groups – microconferences – focusing on specific topics, such as storage, power management, and graphics.  One conference track is reserved for talks not part of microconferences and new microconferences, created as needed by popular demand.

Submissions are encouraged for all Linux “plumbing” related topics, not just the topics of the microconferences.  Example topics:

  • Networking architecture
  • Wireless utilities and infrastructure
  • Tools for optimizing embedded Linux applications
  • Integration of system libraries, window managers, and the kernel
  • Network file systems and utilities
  • Support for upcoming hardware features
  • Real-time/low latency

Current 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

If in doubt about the appropriateness of your topic for LPC, please submit anyway.

Speakers will receive free registration to the conference, which includes access to all technical sessions, the joint Kernel Summit and LPC party on Tuesday night, and an evening reception sponsored by Intel.

For details on submission format, see our call for speakers.

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 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

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


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!

LPC Student Mini-conference

We are pleased to announce the addition of a Student Mini-conference for student attendees of the Linux Plumbers Conference 2008, held on the day before the regular conference.

If you would like to present at this event please contact us; we are open to new topic ideas too.

Who: Student attendees and presenters

When: 09:00-18:00, September 16, 2008

Where: PSU Business Accelerator

Microconf Topics and Runners finalized

We now have runners for each of our microconfs:

  • Future Storage — Matthew Wilcox
  • Video input infrastructure and V4L2 — Mauro Carvalho Chehab
  • Power management — Matthew Garrett
  • Future Displays and Input devices — Keith Packard
  • D-Bus — David Zeuthen
  • Server issues — Darrick Wong
  • XCB — Jamey Sharp
  • Audio — Lennart Poettering
  • Kernel Interfaces: Current state and future directions — Greg K-H
  • Debugging, Tuning, Tracing, Markers, and Profiling — Steven Rostedt

Thanks to everyone on topics-discuss who provided input, and here’s to a great conference!