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LinuxCon New Orleans schedule and keynotes announced

Jul 23, 2013 — by Eric Brown — 300 views

The Linux Foundation announced the schedule for its LinuxCon North America conference, to be held in New Orleans on Sept. 16-18. LinuxCon features luminaries including Linus Torvalds, Google’s Chris DiBona, and Valve’s Gabe Newell, as well as dozens of presentations on all things Linux.

LinuxCon is the Linux Foundation’s major public conference, and the flipside to its invitation-only Linux Collaboration Summit, which was held in April. Unlike the Embedded Linux Conference, held in February this year, embedded and mobile topics must share time with desktop and cloud/server Linux discussions, with the latter dominating the conversation.

Still, there are plenty of embedded goodies covered here, from the Raspberry Pi to mobile memory management, as well as Linux kernel developments that affect all Linux developers. Meanwhile, co-located events include the Xen Project User Summit, Linux Plumbers Conference, Gluster Workshop, UEFI Plugfest, Linux Wireless Summit, and Linux Security Summit.

The show launches Sept. 16 with Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin speaking on the “State of the Linux Union,” followed by Valve’s Gabe Newell (pictured at left), talking up “Linux and Gaming,” and perhaps more on Valve’s upcoming Linux-based Steam Box gaming computer.
Later that day Google director of open source Chris DiBona (pictured at left) will talk about Android’s first five years, and on Sept. 17, Eben Upton (pictured at right) will offer a glimpse of what’s next for the Raspberry Pi.
Cloud-focused keynotes will be given by IBM’s Arvind Krishna, HP’s Brian Aker, and OpenStack’s Jonathan Bryce. Additional keynote speakers include Intel’s Dirk Hohndel, Wired’s Kevin Kelly, and Ted Senior Fellow Candy Chang.
This year, the Linux Kernel Developer Panel will be hosted by’s Jon Corbet and its featured luminaries will include Linux creator Linus Torvalds (pictured at left) and Intel’s Sarah Sharp (pictured at right). Sharp recently criticized Torvalds for his coarse language and lack of civility in emails and forum postings related to kernel development. Linux kernel insider Greg Kroah-Hartman and Red Hat’s Tejun Heo will weigh-in on the panel as well.


The conference schedule includes numerous topics of interest to embedded Linux developers. These include, but are not limited to:

LinuxCon North America runs Sept. 16-18 at the Hyatt New Orleans. Registration is $575 through July 28, and then $675 afterward. More information and registration links may be found at the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon website.

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