As LinuxCon Approaches, Speakers Are Revealed, Including Red Hat's CEO

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 14, 2011

The LinuxCon conference is approaching, to be held in Vancouver, B.C. August 17-19, 2011. If you haven't been to Vancouver, it's a great place to visit, and in conjunction with this year's conference, The Linux Foundation has announced its lineup of keynote speakers for the event, including a number of movers and shakers, including Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, and Phil McKinney, VP and CTO at Hewlett-Packard, among many others. There are also a number of other events pinned down for the conference. Here are the details.

LinuxCon is geared toward discussions of major trends in the LInux market, including enterprise, mobile and social trends. The Linux Foundation has confirmed the following speaker lineup for the event:

Mark Charlebois, Director of Open Source Strategy at Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC), will discuss the role of Linux in mobile development and innovation.

Phil McKinney, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at HP, will elaborate on the company’s WebOS platform strategy.

Marten Mickos, Chief Executive Officer at Eucalyptus Systems and former CEO of MySQL, has a strong background as an enterprise software entrepreneur and investor with a keen understanding of Linux and open source software. Mickos will discuss the changing enterprise Linux landscape, specifically as it relates to cloud computing.

Ubuntu’s Technical Architect Allison Randal will discuss the Ubuntu community and development team. Randal has more than 25 years of experience as a programmer and was the chief architect and lead developer on the open source project Parrot for many years.

Clay Shirky is an award-winning author and expert on how technology shapes culture. Also a New York University Professor on Internet and Society whose recent book releases include “Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators” and “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations,” Shirky will discuss how collaboration is impacting today’s culture.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst oversees the only public, U.S. company focused on Linux, and the company has been doing very well. He will detail "the biggest challenges we still face and what the next 20 years looks like," according to The LInux Foundation, which has been marking the 20th anniversary of Linux.

The Call for Participation (CFP) deadline for LinuxCon is April 22, 2011. Potential speakers can still put their hats in the ring here:

Registration for LinuxCon $500 through July 8, 2011. To register, you can visit:  The Linux Foundation will also be holding a LinuxCon Gala during the event at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. It will take place on August 17, and will include personalities from the "Linux past present and future" according to organizers.