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Linux Foundation Announces Schedule for Annual Collaboration Summit

Leaders From Facebook, IBM, HP, Red Hat and More Come Together to Advance Key Projects and Share How They Are Accelerating Technology Advancements and Transforming Industries Through Open Collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the keynote speakers for The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit ( taking place March 26-28, 2014 at the Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, Calif. The complete schedule will be available online this Friday.

Since the first Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in 2007, the software industry has undergone a major transformation. More software today is built collaboratively than ever before, and companies are coming together on an unprecedented number of projects to advance and accelerate new technologies. From Linux to virtualization, cloud computing, big data, software-defined networking and more, open source and collaborative development are being used to define and build the software that runs our lives.

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit brings together the leaders from the Linux and open source communities in an invitation-only venue to advance the state-of-the-art of Linux and open source software. The Summit is the only place where developers, end users and business managers from across industries can learn best practices for starting and managing collaborative software projects, from governance to technical contribution, and tools to legal considerations. It is also the place that brings together The Linux Foundation's Collaborative Projects and workgroups to meet and work more broadly with other community leaders to achieve breakthrough innovation and to tackle the most pressing issues facing Linux.

The following confirmed keynote speakers and presentations will set the stage for discussion on collaborative development with a variety of topics that address the Linux kernel, open source best practices, legal considerations, collaborative development and more.

Confirmed keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Qualcomm's Liat Ben-Zur will present "It Takes a Community to Create the Connected Home." Ben-Zur is a senior director at Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. and chairperson of the AllSeen Alliance. She will share the AllSeen community's experiences using collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything (IoE).

  • Parallels' CTO of Server Virtualization and Linux kernel developer James Bottomley will explore the latest in container technologies with a keynote titled, "Why You Need to Care About Container Virtualization."

  • IBM's Mike Day, distinguished engineer and chief virtualization architect, will partner with HP's Distinguished Technologist Monty Taylor to present "KVM, OpenStack and the Open Cloud."

Day, a recognized expert in virtualization technologies, will also teach an onsite training course, "Introduction to Linux KVM Virtualization." The course takes place on site at Collaboration Summit. For more information and to register, please visit:

  • The Linux Kernel Panel will be moderated by Editor and Linux kernel developer Jon Corbet. Panelists include Jens Axboe, Facebook engineer; Dave Chinner, developer at Red Hat; Mel Gorman, author of "Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager;" Matthew Garrett, senior security engineer at Nebula; and Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux Foundation fellow.

  • A panel titled "How to Enable Mass Collaboration" will be moderated by Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin with panelists representing the OpenDaylight Project, Xen Project, and Apache CloudStack, among others. Panelists include: Mark Hinkle, senior director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix; Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight Project; and Mauri Whalen, Core System Development SW director, Intel.

  • Red Hat's Chris Wright will present "Redefining the Networking Industry Through Collaboration." Wright is a long-time Linux kernel developer who works on OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch and OpenStack.

  • Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin will present the newest State of Linux address.

On days two and three of the event, hundreds of summit participants will break into project and workgroup meetings to expand on topics presented during the keynotes and to dive deep into filesystems, tools, tracing, legal topics and more, including Collaborative Projects and workgroups AllSeen Alliance, OpenDaylight Project, Open Virtualization Alliance, SPDX, Tizen and Xen Project.

Highlights include:

  • Report on GNOME's Outreach Program for Diversity and Plans for the Future, Karen M. Sandler, executive director, GNOME Foundation

  • A panel on Shingled Magnetic Recoding (SMR) featuring representatives from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital

  • kGraft: Live Kernel Patching, Vojtěch Pavlík, Director, SUSE Labs

  • What is Happening at the CentOS Project? Karsten Wade, CentOS Engineering Manager at Red Hat

  • From an Idea to a Corporate Sponsored Open Source Project: The A to Z Journey, Ibrahim Haddad, Head of the Open Source Group at Samsung Research America.

"Linux and open source software are the building blocks for solving today's most complex technology challenges. The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit offers a neutral forum where developers, users and vendors can come together to address those challenges in one place," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "Over the past year there has been an increase in both Linux development and the emergence of new open source projects to address technology challenges and market opportunities. The Summit will help drive these efforts forward."

Immediately prior to The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, the Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit will take place March 24-25, 2014. Holding the summits in close proximity increases the opportunities for collaborative engagement among developers and researchers focused on advancing Linux in these areas. For more information about this invitation-only event, please visit:

The complete Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit schedule will be available this Friday at:

To request an invitation, please visit:

The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is made possible with generous support from all of our sponsors including Platinum sponsor Intel.

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About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences including LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo, OpenDaylight, Tizen and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. OpenBEL is a trademark of OpenBEL Consortium. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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