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The Linux Foundation Announces Keynote Speakers, Co-located Events for LinuxCon Europe in Barcelona

By 2012-07-258月 22nd, 2017Press Release

Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth to be joined by developers, IT managers and executives from Eucalyptus, Evernote, Open Materials, SUSE and more

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced keynote confirmations and co-located events for LinuxCon Europe and the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) taking place in Barcelona, Spain at Hotel Fira Palace Nov. 5-7, 2012.

LinuxCon Europe, which debuted in 2011 to a sold-out crowd in Prague, brings together the best and brightest from the Linux community, including developers, system administrators, business executives and operations experts. LinuxCon Europe offers top-notch speaking talent (from across Europe and around the globe), an abundance of innovative program content, and a wide variety of opportunities to connect with peers.

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 Call for Papers (CFP) for both LinuxCon Europe and ELCE is open until Aug.1, 2012. Proposals can be submitted here: or

LinuxCon Europe and ELCE attendees will also benefit from a variety of co-located events focused on specific technologies. This will broaden the learning and networking opportunities at the event. Co-located events include:

  • 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, please visit:

To register for ELCE, please visit:

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research, Linux videos and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.



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