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Free video streaming offered for Linux summit

Apr 9, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced it is now accepting registrations for a free, live video streaming program of its Collaboration Summit keynote sessions in San Francisco next Wednesday, April 14. Meanwhile, the non-profit Linux advocacy group has announced several new members, including Ricoh, Parallels, and Cubrid.

The Collaboration Summit video program will serve as a beta-test of the LF's Video Streaming service, and is being offered only for the opening April 14th keynote sessions, says the organization. The LF expects there may be some "bugs and other issues," and is looking for beta-testing feedback from participants in the streaming event.

The fourth annual Collaboration Summit is scheduled for Apr. 14-16 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is an invitation-only event, but as with last year's event, registrants to the co-located CE Linux Forum (CELF) Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) held on Apr. 12-14, are invited to attend.

Linux kernel panelists include (left to right) James Bottomley (SCSI subsystem maintainer), Jon Corbet (, and Greg Kroah-Hartman (USB subsystem maintainer)

The Wednesday sessions of the conference, all of which appear to be covered in the webcast, include:

  • The state of the Linux union (keynote) — Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, LF
  • 10 years of Linux at IBM (keynote) — Daniel Frye, VP, Open Systems Development, IBM, and LF board member

  • Does open source mean open cloud? (panel) — John Mark Walker of Community Root, LLC, hosts a panel on the fate of open source software in a cloud environment that seems to favor proprietary control. Panelists include Matt Asay, COO, Canonical; David Lutterkort, principal software engineer, Red Hat; Sam Ramji, VP, Sonoa Systems; and Doug Tidwell, senior software engineer, IBM.
  • The Linux Kernel: What's next? (panel) — This yearly kernel roundtable panel event features James Bottomley, Jon Corbet, Christoph Hellwig, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and co-maintainer of Ext3 and JPD Andrew Morton (pictured at right).
  • MeeGo: A free & standard Linux OS for the mobile industry (keynote) — Nokia VP Ari Jaaksi provides an overview of the MeeGo Moblin/Maemo merger, which is sponsored by the LF.
  • Patches, projects, platforms, kernels and forks (keynote) — Chris DiBona, Google
  • Why your life might depend on your code (keynote) — Alexander Schanz, head of Data Center, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, on Germany's switch to Linux for air traffic control systems
  • How to prevent community: Making sure your pond stays small (keynote) — Josh Berkus, COO, PostgreSQL Experts offers a tongue-and-cheek discussion of community dynamics: ("Users. All of them pestering you and wasting your time. If only you could make them just 'go away'. Well, now you can…").

LF announces new members

This week, the Linux Foundation introduced three new members. On Tuesday, the LF announced that two enterprise software players had joined the group: the database organization firm, Cubrid, plus the virtualization and automation software firm Parallels. Both will participate in Collaboration Summit sessions next week.

On Monday, the LF announced that printer manufacturer Ricoh had joined the organization. Ricoh is a long-time participant in the OpenPrinting project, which is attempting to standardize printing functionality on Linux. The printer setup tools of all the major Linux distributions use OpenPrinting standards, and the group's database lists nearly 250 free software printer drivers and more than 3000 printers, says the LF. More than 300,000 people are said to visit the site for printing support every month.

Ricoh will participate in the two-day OpenPrinting workgroup meeting at the summit. Topics at the meeting are said to include color management, Chrome OS printing, and designing printer drivers for distribution-independent, LSB (Linux Standard Base) based packages and the Common Printing Dialog.

Stated Tetsuya Morita, GM of GW Development Center at the MFP Business Group in Ricoh, "We're looking forward to the opportunity to increase our contributions to the workgroup activities as well as participating in events."


To register for the free, April 14 LF Collaboration Summit webcast, one must first open a Linux Foundation account, available here, says the LF. Registration for the event, which is open through Wednesday, can be found here. The video streaming page itself may be found here.

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