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LinuxCon Portland, OR

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009


LinuxCon is a new annual technical conference that will provide an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux. LinuxCon will bring together the best and brightest that the Linux community has to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, community managers and industry experts. In being the conference for “all matters Linux”, LinuxCon will be informative and educational for a wide range of attendees. We will not only bring together all of the best technical talent but the decision makers and industry experts who are involved in the Linux community.  LinuxCon features:

Top Notch Speaking Talent
LinuxCon brings you the best and the brightest in speaking talent, ranging from Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth to Bob Sutor and Joe Brockmeier.

Innovative and Abundant Content
In addition to keynotes, roundtable panels and 75 conference sessions, LinuxCon brings you a range of tutorials, lightning talks, BoFs and other programming.

Wide Variety of Opportunities to Connect
Outside of the classroom, we offer a variety of ways to learn and connect with your peers, including evening events, developer lounges, a technology showcase and much more.

Added Value of Co-Located Events
Adding benefit to your attendance at LinuxCon, you can also choose to take part in one of the other co-located events, including the Linux Plumbers Conference, OpenSUSE Workshop, FOSS DevCamp, LDAPCon and more.

For the Community, by the Community
LinuxCon is organized by The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium working with the community to protect, promote and standardize Linux.

Who Should Attend:
Software Developers, Linux IT Professionals, Corporate End Users, Senior Executives Industry Experts, Community Managers, Students, Media and anyone else with an interest in the Linux ecosystem.

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Will Linux own the cloud?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst thinks so: “Clouds are fundamentally new infrastructure. Why lock yourself into something proprietary?” he says in an article. Whitehurst believes that open source technology is the perfect vehicle for innovating in the cloud computing era. And in its article, “Cloud computing with Linux thin clients,” IBM spells out the reasons it believes there will be “penguins in the clouds”:

The best operating environment for a thin client designed around cloud computing has the following characteristics:

  • Highly customizable
  • An inexpensive or even free operating system
  • All necessary applications inexpensive or free
  • Networking built into the operating system core
  • Small enough to fit into tiny devices
  • Flexible and powerful enough to run full laptops
  • Miserly enough to conserve battery life to a maximum degree
  • Linux meets all of these criteria. It is taking over in the mobile space, the enterprise space, and the embedded space, including dedicated consumer devices such as book readers and set-top boxes. And with virtualization, Linux can also run applications built for the Windows®, Mac OS X, and other operating systems.

Are these just pipe dreams or is there a big shift coming? The folks at suggest that there are some high-anxiety clouds hanging over Redmond in “Microsoft worried by Linux cloud.” Somehow, Microsoft is uncomfortable with statements from the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) like: “The CCIF will not condone any use of a particular technology for the purposes of market dominance and or advancement of any one particular vendor, industry or agenda.” Oopsie.

Of course, even the CCIF pulled out of the so-called Open Cloud Manifesto (along with big players Amazon and Google), which somewhat dampened the March 30 launch of this attempt to apply some standards to cloud computing for the purposes of interoperability of technologies. As it turns out, openness sounds like a great idea, yet many companies are still struggling with the niggling question of how to make money off it. As well, there are some pretty strong feelings in the IT community about the very idea of organizations turning over so much power to “the cloud.”

Who do you think has the most to gain in the cloud computing era? Will the philosophical goals of open source finally win out and spell the demise of behemoths like Microsoft? Or will the whole thing collapse upon itself, much like the Open Cloud Manifesto?

Source: Tech Republic