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LinuxCon 2013 Preview

  • September 15, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

This week the LinuxPlanet congregates at the LinuxCon conference in New Orleans and once again it looks to be a memorable event.

As always, the event will kickoff with the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin giving his State of Linux keynote. In his 2012 keynote, Zemlin highlighted the continued shift towards mobility and the cloud. For 2013, expect to hear more on that as well as discussion about Linux's movement into the collaborative development space. Over the course of the last year, the Linux Foundation has brought in a number of groups under the banner of its collaborative project banner. Among those projects are the Xen virtualization hypervisor and the OpenDaylight Software Defined Networking (SDN) project.

Linux has also made significant progress in the gaming world over the past year, thanks in no small part to the emergence of Linux as a supported operating system for Valve's Steam gaming platform. Gabe Newell, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Valve will take the Linuxcon keynote stage after Zemlin to provide details on how things are going and what current state is for Linux gaming.

The Linux world has also benefited this past year from a surge in popularity of small ARM silicon powered devices, led by the Raspberry Pi. Eben Upton, the Founder and Executive Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation will also be on the Linuxcon keynote stage talking about his groups success and what's coming next.

Gaming

While the Raspberry Pi has been a successful device, when it comes to mobile Linux devices the success of Android is undisputed. Google's Director of Open Source, Chris DiBona will be on stage to detail what five years of Android has meant and what it will continue to mean in the years ahead.

OpenStack

The OpenStack cloud project is well represented at Linuxcon this year again. The Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce is set to detail the key role that developers play in the emerging cloud economy. Joshua McKenty, the CTO of OpenStack vendor Piston Cloud computing and a formerly a key figure at NASA, that helped to launch OpenStack in the first place is also at Linuxcon. McKenty is set to discuss the lessons learned from OpenStack development thus far.

Kernel Developers

No Linuxcon event would be complete with kernel developers and there are lots of them in New Orleans. Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has a sessions about the kernel, how it's developed and who is doing the work.

The big highlight for many though will be the return of Linux creator Linus Torvalds to the stage. Torvalds will join Kroah-Hartman as well as developers Tejun Heo and , Sarah Sharp in a panel discussion on kernel development.

During the 2012 event, Torvalds fielded a diverse myriad of questions including one about what would happen to Linux kernel development if he were hit by a bus.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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