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Dec 20, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

O'Reilly has opened up a call for participation for its Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2011, to be held on July 25-29 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Meanwhile, the Linux Foundation's Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) announced that its Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) will be held April 11-13 in San Francisco.

This year's OSCON conference was held July 19-23 in Portland, with keynote speakers including Google's Chris DiBona, Facebook's David Recordon, and Canonical's Simon Wardley. Embedded sessions in this primarily desktop- and server-oriented conference included topics such as Android, MeeGo, Marvell's Plug Computer, and the BeagleBoard.

Next year, the conference is slated for around the same time and place. The event is scheduled for July 25-29, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. O'Reilly Publishing has opened the call for participation, requesting proposals for sessions and tutorials.

OSCON aims to let attendees "gain exposure to and evaluate the new projects, tools, services, platforms, languages, software, and standards sweeping through the open source community and the broader technology industry," says O'Reilly.

Possible proposal topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Doing more with less
  • Open source in smartphones and mobile networked devices
  • Cloud computing, openness in distributed services
  • Geek lifestyle — hacking, quantified self, inbox zero, maker culture
  • Best practices for building a business around open source
  • Open web, open standards, open data, open, open, open!
  • Open source in democracy, politics, government, and education
  • AI, machine learning, and other ways of making software smarter than the people using it

CELF selects ELC date

As with OSCON, the U.S. version of the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) will stay put this year, being scheduled for April 11-13 in San Francisco. A slightly delayed Call For Presentations will follow in January, says the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), also known as the CE Linux Forum.

The delay is said to be due to CELF's merger into the Linux Foundation (LF), resulting in a "transitioning our web and conference infrastructure." (For more background on CELF, see our October coverage of the CELF merger into the LF.)

"If you have been working on an embedded Linux project or embedded Linux technology, we'd like to hear about it at ELC," writes Tim Bird, Architecture Group chair at CELF, and senior staff engineer, Sony Network Entertainment. "Start the wheels turning in your mind." Topics, Bird adds, will be similarly to those petitioned in last year's call for papers.

Last year's ELC event was held Apr. 12-14 at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki, where it was co-located with the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit, held directly afterward. All ELC attendees received a free pass to the invitation-only Summit.

The ELC 2010 event featured keynote speakers Greg Kroah-Hartman and Matt Asay, and offered over 50 sessions on embedded Linux topics including flash file-systems, RT-Preempt, security, Moorestown, and Android.


OSCON 2011 July 25-29 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Proposals will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2011, and early registration will open in April, says O'Reilly Publishing. More information may be found at the OSCON site. Media coverage, keynote videos, speaker presentation files, and photos from OSCON 2010 may be found here.

CELF's ELC conference is scheduled for April 11-13 in San Francisco. A call for participation will appear in mid-January, says the new Linux Foundation workgroup. More information on ELC may be found here.

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