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Open source conference co-locates with Ubuntu show

Apr 22, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Registration is open for the tenth annual edition of OSCON (Open Source Convention), as well as for a co-located Ubuntu Live conference. Scheduled for Jul. 21-25 in Portland, Ore., O'Reilly's OSCON 2008 is expected to draw some 2,500 open source experts, visionaries, and hackers.

OSCON is the oldest and largest of the many technical conferences now held by O'Reilly, a technical book publisher focused on the computer developer market. Held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the event is expected to offer 400 sessions and tutorials organized into tracks for administration, business, databases, emerging topics, fundamentals, Java, Linux, people, Perl, PHP, programming, Python, and Ruby. This year, OSCON is introducing the Open Mobile Exchange, a one-day event addressing business, technology, web, and open source topics related to the mobile technology industry.

The following is a sampling of sessions that might have special appeal to embedded Linux developers. Most are from the “emerging topics” and “Linux” tracks, as well as the Open Mobile Exchange event:

  • Ubiquitous multithreading for a multi-core world — Arch Robison, Intel
  • Hacking the Neuros set-top box — Joe Born, Neuros Technology
  • Hydra: a wireless multihop networking testbed — Hyrum Wright and Robert Grant, The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Google open source update — Chris DiBona, Google
  • Creating open source electronic hardware with open source software — Tom Anderson, Agilent Technologies
  • Measuring and trends in Linux kernel quality — Arjan van de Ven, Intel
  •, the community for Linux on Mobile Internet Devices — Derek Speed, Intel
  • Open virtual machine tools — Adar Dembo and Elliot Lee, VMware
  • Mobile lightning talks — billed as “a dozen or so awesome, not-quite-baked gadget and web site demos”

Ubuntu Live

Mark Shuttleworth

The second annual Ubuntu Live developers conference will run during the first two days of OSCON (Jul. 21-22), and will also be located at the Oregon Convention Center. This year's show will offer longer sessions and a track dedicated to technical enthusiasts and developers interested in Ubuntu, say the organizers. Speakers include Canonical's Jono Bacon, Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson, and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth (pictured at right).

Sessions of potential interested to embedded developers at Ubuntu Live include:

  • Ubuntu on the go: subnotebook and MID technologies — Jon Melamut, Canonical
  • System-wide power saving on Ubuntu — Matthew Garrett (independent contractor)
  • The secret sauce: Launchpad — Kiko Reis, Brad Crittenden, Joey Stanford, Canonical


Conference information on OSCON 2008 can be found here. Registration, which ends June 2, is available here.

More information, including registration, for Ubuntu Live can be found here.

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