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Monday, September 16

10:35am CDT

The State of Desktop Linux: Interviews with Different Users About Their Linux Setups - Steven Ovadia, LaGuardia Community College
In May 2011, Steven started emailing various desktop Linux users, asking them to share their Linux setups. Over 60 interviews later, he's interviewed all kinds of users, from students to academics, to musicians to journalists, plus lots of other job title in between. This talk will review those interviews, identifying highlights and trends in desktop Linux use, discussing not just popular distributions, but also common software and workflows, with an emphasis on how desktop Linux is being used by people who are not necessarily systems administrators. The talk will also identify areas where desktop Linux might be improved.

This talk will be broad, discussing desktop Linux from a conceptual level, but not a highly technical one. The audience will be people interested in the current state of desktop Linux from a user perspective.

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Steven Ovadia

My Linux Rig
Steven Ovadia is Associate Professor/Web Services Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He also curates The Linux Setup (http://www.mylinuxrig.com/setup), a collection of interviews with desktop Linux users. He frequently writes about how users interact with information... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 10:35am - 11:25am CDT
Strand 12B

11:45am CDT

Xen Project : Lessons Learned! - Lars Kurth, Citrix
In April this year, Xen became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Almost 6 months later it is time to take stock. I will start with a brief introduction of the Xen Project, explain why Xen moved to the Linux Foundation, explore the impact on the community and provide an outlook for the future.

This talk is for developers and members of the Linux community who care about the success of their projects. I will use examples from the Xen community to explore the challenges and benefits of going non-profit, draw lessons and explore tools to help make your project more successful. I cover a wide range of topics ranging from community management, collaboration infrastructure, marketing, and good governance to align the interests of a project’s stake-holders. By employing each of these techniques in a complementary fashion, we can ensure the long-term success of a project.

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Lars Kurth

Director Open Source / Project Chairperson The Xen Project , Citrix Systems UK Ltd.
Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is the community manager for the Xen Project. Lars has 12 years of experience building and leading engineering... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT
Strand 12B

3:10pm CDT

Big Data Encryption for Privacy and Compliance - Sam Heywood, Gazzang
Data privacy and security, particularly due to awareness of and confusion surrounding big data, is a hot-button issue being discussed everywhere from nightly talk shows to boardrooms to the White House. Sensitive, confidential and protected information like health records, trade secrets and personally identifiable information is often stored and analyzed on Linux-based platforms like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB and Accumulo. If you work with this type of sensitive information, then data security – encryption and key management – must always be top of mind. In this session Sam Heywood will discuss how organizations running Linux-based big data platforms can secure regulated and personal information, all without making changes to your data or applications that interact with it. He will also look methods to secure big data and meet compliance initiatives related to data privacy.


Sam Heywood

VP Marketing, Gazzang
Sam Heywood is responsible for Gazzang's global product innovation and delivery, corporate marketing and demand generation programs. He is a seasoned product and marketing executive with leadership experience at several notable technology startups and is well versed in systems management... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Strand 12B

4:10pm CDT

Case Study: Doing a Live Upgrade of Many Thousand Servers at Google from an Ancient Red Hat Distribution to Recent Debian-Based One - Marc Merlin, Google
This talk will look at how we upgraded our ancient linux distribution on all the Google production servers to a more modern one based on debian stripped down and built from source. We do live upgrades on running machines using an rsync-like rollout mechanism, and we slowly switched distributions on the fly without rebooting or downtime unless required by separately upgraded kernel, but doing a 10 year jump of linux userspace without breaking users was no piece of cake. The talk will explain how something so crazy made sense, was even possible, executed, and worked out, as well as recommendations for maintaining linux big servers and dealing with upstream upgrades.

Audience: sysadmins, engineers, and managers interested on how to deal with large linux image deployment and upgrade.

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Marc Merlin

Linux Engineer, Google
Marc has been using linux since 0.99pl15f (slackware 1.1.2, 1994), both as a sysadmin and userland contributor. He has worked for various tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including Network Appliance, SGI, VA Linux, Sourceforge.net, and now Google both a server sysadmin and software... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
Strand 12B

5:10pm CDT

WebKit and Blink: Open Development Powering the HTML5 Revolution - Juan José Sánchez Penas, Igalia
WebKit is a web rendering engine (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) with a generic part (WebCore, JSEngine), and 'ports' for specific platforms that implement bits like rendering, networking or multimedia. In the WebKit community, companies&individuals cooperate to evolve a complex codebase. Given the popularity of HTML5 and web tech, WebKit is a key open source project. Recently, Google announced Blink, a fork of WebKit, with consequences for the project still difficult to predict. Igalia's Browsers team maintains the WebKitGTK+ port and is top contributor to WebCore, JSC, V8, other ports (EFL, Clutter, Qt), and Blink. The talk will review the past/present/future of WebKit/Blink, their dynamics and development process, the relationship with the Linux ecosystem, and will give information about how to contribute to or use both projects.

Not very technical. Valid both for developers & managers.

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Juan J. Sanchez

Co-Owner, Igalia
Born in 1976 (A Corunha, Galiza). PhD in Computer Science at UDC (2006). In 2001 I co-founded Igalia, an European open source consultancy specialized in the development of innovative technologies and solutions, with its focus on key upstream projects and communities such as WebKit... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2013 5:10pm - 6:00pm CDT
Strand 12B
Tuesday, September 17

10:45am CDT

Promoting Innovation By Preventing Bad Patents - Andrea Casillas, ION
It’s hard to escape the inefficiencies of the patent world. The amount of patent litigation has drastically increased, specifically in technologies based in computer software. Further, patent wars are extending beyond large corporations to startups and individual developers. Those in the open source world are encountering two options: fly under the radar and hope to avoid lawsuits or license often times dubious patented technology. Now, is the time to introduce another option and begin to protect your freedom to operate.
The Linux Defenders program, supported by Open Invention Network (OIN), sets to provide healthy avenues for the Linux community to invent. The goal is to give innovators the leverage to proactively limit the resources that can be used by non-practicing entities (or trolls). In this talk, we will present practical community-based approach that make a difference.


Andrea Casillas

Director, Linux Defenders, Open Invention Network
Prior to becoming Director of Linux Defenders at Open Invention Network, Andrea Casillas was a postgraduate fellow at the Institution for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, Assistant Director of the Center for Information Law and Policy and the Director of Peer To... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Strand 10B

10:45am CDT

IPv6: Changing Our Application Environment - Laura Knapp, AES
IPv6 as a protocol has been around since the mid 1990's.  While it may seem like it is takeover to take hold in our business world, it will allow the development of a whole new set of applications.  This session looks at the major changes in the IPv6 protocol, how it will/is revolutionizing application development, and the migration steps that businesses need to look at now in order to prepare to implement this important protocol.

This session is designed for both management and technical level attendees and is designed to give them both the technical insight in order to make solid business decisions on timing for an IPv6 implementation.

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Laura J. Knapp

WW Business Consultant, AES
Laura has 35 years IT experience with three major companies: Applied Expert Systems, IBM and Texas Instruments. Her focus was not just on technology, but the overall processes required for an efficient IT ecosystem. Her years have spanned the general evolution of Information Technology... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Strand 12B

11:45am CDT

What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities - Dawn Foster, Puppet Labs
Communities are one of the defining attributes that shape every open source project, not unlike how Asimov'€™s 3 laws of robotics shape the behavior of robots and provide the checks and balances that help make sure that robots and community members continue to play nicely with others. When looking at open source communities from the outside, they may seem small and well-defined until you realize that they seem much larger and complex on the inside, and they may even have a mind of their own, not unlike the TARDIS from Doctor Who. We can even learn how we should not behave in our communities by learning more about the Rules of Acquisition and doing the opposite of what a good Ferengi would do. My favorite rules to avoid include, "Greed is eternal"€, â€"You can always buy back a lost reputation€" and "€œWhen in doubt, lie"€. This session focuses on tips told through science fiction.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 11:45am - 12:35pm CDT
Strand 12B

3:10pm CDT

Building the Deep Space Data Center: How Linux and Open Source Technologies are Enabling Asteroid Mining - Ray Ramadorai & Marc Allen, Planetary Resources
When talking about spacecraft technology, “state of the art” and “disruptive” are not descriptors that immediately come to mind. Deep space vehicles built via traditional methods are extremely conservative, due to the requirement that they cannot fail. Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, has a different strategy: develop low cost spacecraft that are engineered to create highly reliable systems from less expensive, commercial components. Once the spacecraft has become a commodity, it can rapidly evolve and keep pace with modern technology, and failure of any one spacecraft is not catastrophic. This is crucial to commercial space exploration and development, and is a key part of the Planetary Resources strategy. In order to make this a reality, we are adopting philosophies that are common to modern data centers and leveraging many technologies that are ubiquitous in cloud computing. In this talk we will describe how we use embedded and desktop Linux, virtualization, software redundancy, and web technologies to build spacecraft in new ways. We will also illustrate interesting parallels to conventional applications, and talk about the challenges of using open source and commodity hardware in the space environment.

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Marc Allen

Director of Software, Planetary Resources
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Ray Ramadorai

Planetary Resources
Ray joined Planetary Resources as Principal Avionics Engineer in 2011. Ray’s prior experience includes the product engineering, design engineering, and architecting of many of Intel's flagship microprocessors, including Intel’s first dual core processors. As an architect, he focused... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Celestin A

3:10pm CDT

Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community - Spencer Hunley
One of the greatest challenges facing the Linux community is accessibility. Unfortunately, the involvement of those most affected by this - people with disabilities - is meager at best. This presentation will discuss the benefits that the disability community can provide, and why accessibility is essential to the survival of Linux in the future. During this presentation, I will touch upon the following: the state of accessibility in Linux; the 'confinement cycle', and how Linux can be used to break it; ways to improve accessibility (and why this is important); and how the disability community can bring benefits to the Linux community.

Audience: beginners to experts, especially those with disabilities and/or anyone interested in accessibility. Rudimentary knowledge of assistive technology is recommended but not required; a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

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Spencer Hunley

Research Assistant, KU Med
Spencer Hunley (he, him) is an autistic professional based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the former chapter leader of ASAN-KC (now the Kansas City League of Autistics) and former interim president and board member, Autism Society - the Heartland; his current advocacy efforts are... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Strand 12B

4:10pm CDT

Inside the Journalists Studio - Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica; Sean Michael Kerner, InternetNews; Steven Vaughan-Nichols, CBS/ZDNet; Rikki Endsley, USENIX; Jennifer Cloer, The Linux Foundation (Moderator)
In this session, which borrows a page from the famous "Inside the Actors Studio" format (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_the_Actors_Studio), Linux Foundation Director Jennifer Cloer will interview the panelists one at a time and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions of each journalist. This intimate setting allows people to get to know what makes these reporters tick and how they approach their work. As the ultimate influencers, these journalists are worth getting to know and will share some stories you won't soon forget. 


Jennifer Cloer

Jennifer Cloer is responsible for managing communications - including public relations, social media and content - for The Linux Foundation. Cloer was previously vice president at Page One PR where she ran The Linux Foundation account since 2005. She also managed the launches of the... Read More →


Jon Brodkin

Reporter, Ars Technica
Jon is an award-winning reporter who joined Ars Technica in 2011 and covers a wide array of IT topics. Jon previously wrote for IDG's Network World for 5 years, where he began his obsessions with Microsoft, Google, open source, cloud computing, virtualization, data centers, and much... Read More →
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Rikki Endsley

Writer, Red Hat
Rikki Endsley is the community manager for opensource.com. In the past, she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat; freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN... Read More →

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner writes about Linux, open source, security, application development, and networking. Kerner takes a deep technical view on everything he writes and has years of hands-on experience with many of the core technologies he writes about. When not writing, Kerner can... Read More →

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, CBS/ZDNet contributing editor, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
Strand 12B

5:10pm CDT

How to Make A Puppet Show the Open Source Way - Jared & JR Neilsen, The Hello World Program
The Hello World Program is an educational puppet show for kids of all ages that teaches programming, puppetry, and digital media with specific focus on Linux, Python, & HTML5. Our goal is to inspire youth to make their own media the open source way. We do this by using free, open source software and providing tutorials on everything from puppet fabrication to video editing. We will discuss the challenge of writing educational yet entertaining scripts; the joys and pitfalls of using FLOSS; and our range of inspiration, from Groucho to Linus. The Hello World Program is our effort to engage and introduce children to Linux, programming, and computer science. Educators and free software proponents as well as youth can expect an entertaining overview of our show and the methods and means of its creation. No technical expertise required. We most recently presented at Maker Faire Bay Area.

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Jared & JR Nielsen

Founders, Dototot
The Hello World Program is an educational puppet show for kids of all ages that teaches programming, puppetry, and digital media with specific focus on Linux, Python & HTML5. It is the creative effort of brothers Jared, Clark and JR Nielsen. We grew up learning the skills necessary... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 5:10pm - 6:00pm CDT
Strand 12B
Wednesday, September 18

2:00pm CDT

Your TV Just Called - The Fridge Door is Open - Marcello Lioy, Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc.

Interoperability across platforms/product types/brands is becoming critical. One way for app developers & manufacturers to address it is to use an open source proximal communications development framework & system services. This will drive the deployment of Internet of Everything by enabling compelling proximal use cases to Cloud-based experiences consumers already take for granted.

This session shows how two of the services can be used: Notifications, which enable products to broadcast & receive basic text, image/video, audio; as well as the Control Panel service, which enables one device to control another via a GUI. Using applets & code examples, attendees will learn how rendering looks on a TV/tablet & see examples of how to hook into the UI. Developers at all levels of proficiency will be introduced to the AllJoyn SDK while getting valuable insight into the system & its services.


Marcello Lioy

Director, Engineering, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc
Marcello Lioy is director of engineering at Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. He works on the core team that launched the AllJoyn open source project and serves as the chief liaison to the open source community for the initiative. Marcello was a speaker at LinuxCon in 2012.

Wednesday September 18, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Strand 12B