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LinuxCon and ELC Europe keynotes revealed

Jul 3, 2014 — by Eric Brown 698 views

The Linux Foundation announced keynote speakers for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, to be held Oct. 13-15 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Like last year, the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon Europe is being co-located with CloudOpen Europe and Embedded Linux Conference Europe, with a single registration. This year the shows are joined even closer with plus signs, showing it’s just one big happy Linux fest — with plenty of good German beer.

LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, or LinuxCon++, as it were, will feature over 100 sessions with the latest on kernel updates, storage technologies and interfaces, security, Internet of Things, and open source collaboration and best practices. Keynote speakers include Jono Bacon (XPRIZE) and Joanna Rutkowska (Invisible Things Lab), among others, while Linux creator Linus Torvalds will weigh in at the Linux Kernel Panel (see further below).


The main event for LinuxGizmos types is Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE), the sister conference to the U.S.-based ELC, held at the end of April. There’s still time to submit a speaking proposal for ELC Europe. The deadline is July 11. (Marketing pitches and closed source projects need not apply.)

Linus Torvalds (left) and Jono Bacon

LinuxCon is the Linux Foundation’s largest event of the year, and unlike the yearly Linux Collaboration Summit, is open to the public. If you want to know the latest trends for Linux on the server, cloud, desktop, embedded, it’s here. CloudOpen, meanwhile, covers the growing market for Linux-based cloud technologies, with topics including Docker, Mesos, and OpenStack.

Joanna Rutkowska (left) and Frank Karlitschek

Other co-located events with LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC Europe include:

  • KVM Forum — all about the open source hypervisor in datacenter virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure, and cloud computing environments
  • Linux Tracing Summit — a gathering for people involved in the development and usage of tracing tools and trace analysis tools
  • Linux Plumbers Conference — deep technical problem solving for developers working on the Linux kernel subsystem

The Linux Foundation has served up the list of keynote speakers and offered details on a few other main events at LinuxCon:

  • Jono Bacon, Senior Director of Community at XPRIZE — insight into how to get the most out of working in a community environment with “Building Exponential Communities”
  • Paul Biondich, Founder and President of OpenMRS — how open source communities are helping to improve the health of the poor around the world
  • Joanna Rutkowska, Founder and CEO of Invisible Things Lab — all about Qube OS and its practical security approach for client systems
  • Chris Schlaeger, Managing Director at Amazon Development Center — inside the building blocks of Amazon Web Services
  • Frank Karlitschek, founder of the ownCloud project — how to give groups of private clouds public cloud capabilities while still maintaining their integrity, security and privacy, followed by panel discussion with ownCloud CEO Markus Rex and reps from SurfNet, NRW, and others
  • Linux Kernel Panel keynote — Linux creator and Linux Foundation Fellow Linus Torvalds and other leading kernel developers and maintainers will provide insights into the state of the Linux kernel, as well as ongoing and future work
  • Community Management Training Class — Jono Bacon, author of “The Art of Community,” on how to build and grow a community, including building collaborative workflows, defining a governance structure, planning, marketing, and evaluating effectiveness

“The keynote speakers for this year’s LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC Europe are working on projects that demonstrate how the principles and methodologies inherent in the Linux community — especially collaboration and openness — are spreading into new areas,” stated Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation.

Further information

A single pass for LinuxCon, CloudOpen Europe, as well as Embedded Linux Conference Europe, is available for $600 through Aug. 1, then $750 through Sept. 12, and then $850. More information may be found at the LinuxCon Europe registration page. The event will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Congress Centre Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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