Torvalds and Shuttleworth to Speak at LinuxCon Europe in November

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 25, 2012

If you're a Linux user, developer and/or fan and you have any chance at all of being in Barcelona, Spain in early November, a good open source conference is taking shape there. The Linux Foundation has just announced keynote confirmations and co-located events for LinuxCon Europe and the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) taking place in Barcelona at Hotel Fira Palace, Nov. 5-7. Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth are just a couple of the slated speakers. Here are more details.

The following keynote presenters are confirmed to speak at the Barcelona event:

  • Evernote's CTO Dave Engberg will share the cost metrics involved in the company’s decision to run its own Linux servers versus deploying Amazon Web Services to support cloud computing requirements. Engberg is a senior technologist and entrepreneur with a background in building secure systems that scale to support tens of millions of people. He founded CoreStreet, Ltd., and was CTO at Driveway, Inc.
  • SUSE’s Vice President of Engineering Ralf Flaxa will talk about “forward-looking development: the next evolution in enterprise Linux software development.” Flaxa leads the worldwide development team for SUSE Linux solutions. He’s been contributing to the Linux community since 1991.
  • Eucalyptus Systems’ CEO Marten Mickos will talk about how open source cloud platforms are liberating application workloads to run across public, private, hybrid and ultimately mobile clouds. Mickos is an open source and cloud pioneer and was previously the CEO of MySQL, which was sold to Sun Microsystems in 2008. He is on the board of a variety of technology companies.
  • Open Materials Co-Founder Catarina Mota will discuss her research as it relates to open hardware. Mota is a TED Fellow, co-chair of the 2012 Open Hardware Summit and a member of NYC Resistor and OSHWA.
  • Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth will talk about how Ubuntu is advancing the user experience both on the desktop and in the cloud. In addition to founding Ubuntu, Shuttleworth is known for being the first African in space as well as having founded other startups and organizations.
  • Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou will discuss the importance of Linux at Inteland how the company works upstream to contribute to the Linux kernel.Sousou’s team drives Linux and open source software strategy and execution across all Intel platforms and technologies.
  • Linux creator Linus Torvalds will take the stage with Intel’s Chief Linux and Open Source Technologies Dirk Hohndel to discuss the latest technical advancements in the kernel.

The Torvalds discussion of the kernel sounds like it will be especially interesting. LinuxCon Europe and ELCE attendees can also participate in the following events:

  • EFL Dev Day, Nov. 5, 2012
  • KVM Forum/oVirt Workshop, Nov. 7-9, 2012
  • Gluster Workshop, Nov. 8, 2012
  • Yocto Project Developer Day, Nov. 8, 2012
  • OpenSAF Day, Nov. 8, 2012
  • Wireless Mini-Summit, Nov. 9, 2012

Early bird registration is available for both events through Aug. 24, 2012 at U.S. $350. For more information and to register for LinuxCon Europe, you can visit:

To register for ELCE, you can visit:

By the way, The Linux Foundation also has a very interesting "Who Writes Linux" video posted, which delves into the collaboration behind the platform. You can check it out here