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OSCON sessions to cover Android, MeeGo, SheevaPlug

Apr 7, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) has posted sessions and keynotes for its annual conference. Scheduled for July 19-23 in Portland, OSCON features keynote speakers including Google's Chris DiBona, Facebook's David Recordon, and Canonical's Simon Wardley, with embedded sessions covering topics such as Android, MeeGo, Marvell's Plug Computer, and the BeagleBoard.

Sponsored by O'Reilly Publishing, OSCON offers a lively mix of desktop, enterprise, and embedded open source topics, with a heavy focus on programming and Linux. This July's conference returns to Portland, Oregon after a 2009 excursion to San Jose. 

Over 2,500 open source developers, hackers, experts, and users are expected to attend Oscon's hundreds of sessions, says O'Reilly. The sessions will include tutorials that cover technical skills, new features and applications, and best practices.

It's said Oscon will offer an Expo Hall promoting tools, projects, services, and products, as well as a "hallway track" that will encourage debate on important open source issues. An OSCamp "unconference" will offer a spontaneous user-driven program, and other events include Birds of a Feather sessions, late night parties, and the O'Reilly Open Source Awards, say the organizers. 

This year's keynotes include Google's Rob Pike on why object-oriented programming "went very wrong," and Google's Chris DiBona (right) giving a quick tour of the last three years of open source trends. Facebook's David Recordon (left) will discuss the LAMP stack, and Perl Training Australia's Paul Fenwick will reveal "The World's Worst Inventions." Meanwhile, Canonical's Simon Wardley will explore the tech industry's transition from a product to a service based economy. 

Other as-yet-undefined keynotes will be given by O'Reilly CEO Tim O'Reilly, the GNOME Foundation's Stormy Peters (pictured at right), and the SETI Institute's Jill Tarter, who is rumored to speak on why aliens have chosen a weak copyleft license to open source the planet Earth.

A sampling of some embedded-oriented sessions at OSCON, in chronological order, include:

  • Android for Java Developers — Marko Gargenta, Marakana
  • Get Started with the Arduino – A Hands-On Introductory Workshop — Philip Lindsay of and O'Reilly's Brian Jepson
  • Arduino: Open Source Hardware Hacking from the Software Nerd Perspective — Howard Lewis Ship of TWD Consulting
  • Android: The Whats and Wherefores — Dan Morrill, Google
  • Plug Computing Primer (on Marvell's Sheevaplug) — Tacit Labs' Bryan Smith
  • Make My Mobile Fast — Steve Souders, Google
  • How to Boot Linux on the Beagle Board — Jeffrey Osier-Mixon, MontaVista Software
  • Face Detection on the iPhone — Alasdair Allan, University of Exeter
  • Your Smartphone May Not Be as Open as You Think — Aaron Williamson, Software Freedom Law Center
  • Environmental Monitoring with Arduino and Compatibles — Russell Nelson, Open Source Initiative
  • PhoneGap 101: Is PhoneGap Right for Your Mobile Development Project? — Brian LeRoux and Filip Maj of Nitobi Inc.
  • Cross-Compiling Android Applications to the iPhone — Arno Puder, SFSU
  • Building an Open Source Eco-System for Mobile Tool Developers — Paul Beusterien, Symbian Foundation
  • K-9 Mail: Forking Android for Fun and Profit (mostly Fun) — Jesse Vincent, Best Practical
  • MeeGo — The Mobile Linux Platform (on a new MeeGo version of OpenSUSE) — Michael Meeks, Novell, Inc.
  • NPR: APIs, Mobile and Open Source — Daniel Jacobson, National Public Radio
  • Software Control of Home Automation Systems — Bruce Momjian, of EnterpriseDB, and Matthew Momjian (student)
  • Instant Mobile Communities — Paul Scott, University of the Western Cape
  • Open Source Data Visualization on Open Source Hardware — Kevin Hoyt, Adobe Systems

Typically some big news pops out at OSCON. In 2008 in Portland, Intel and used the OSCON meeting to reveal major changes for Moblin. Last year in San Jose, where the conference featured over 200 sessions, Microsoft used the occasion to announce its surprise release of 20,000 lines of code under GPLv2 for three Linux device drivers.


Registration is now open for OSCON 2010, which is scheduled for July 19-23 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Pricing packages include  a Monday or Tuesday one-day, tutorials-only package for $595 ($695 after June 2) to two-day tutorials-only passes for $945 ($1,145 after June 2), sessions-only for $1,145 (or $1,345), and sessions plus two tutorial days for $1,740 (or $1,990).

More information on sessions and registration may be found here.

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