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Leaders from Raspberry Pi and Valve Top Keynote Speaker Line Up for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America

By 2013-05-088月 22nd, 2017Press Release


  • HP Labs, Intel, OpenStack, Raspberry Pi, Valve and the founder of Wired Magazine will come together in “The Big Easy” to discuss future of Linux, open cloud and collaborative development
  • More than six co-located events including Linux Plumbers Conference and UEFI Plugfest expand opportunities for learning and advancing technology

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2013 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the keynote speakers for LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America, taking place September 16-18, 2013 at the Hyatt New Orleans in New Orleans, La.

LinuxCon, which has sold out every year since its debut, is the world’s leading conference addressing all matters Linux for the global business and technical communities. CloudOpen, which debuted just last year, features technical content that addresses open cloud platforms, tools and big data strategies. It will cover technical content such as Chef, Gluster, Hadoop, KVM, Linux, OpenStack, oVirt, Puppet, the Xen Project and more.

LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America will be co-located with a variety of technical events to increase opportunities for learning and networking. For example, and new this year, is the UEFI Plugfest hosted by The Linux Foundation and UEFI Forum. Developers will come together to collaborate on this standard for the benefit of Linux users. Linux Plumbers Conference is also co-located with the event again this year so people can attend both events in one location and benefit from important developers being in one place. Also co-located at the events are the Gluster Workshop, Linux Security Summit, Linux Wireless Summit and the Xen Project User Summit.

This year’s keynote speakers together provide a holistic vision for the future of software development that prioritizes collaboration and Linux and open source software to accelerate and advance technologies.

Confirmed keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Jonathan Bryce, executive director of OpenStack Foundation, will talk about “Developers: The New Superpower.”
  • Martin Fink, CTO and director of HP Labs, will reflect on his long career in open source software and where the industry is headed today.
  • Kevin Kelly, digital visionary and founding executive editor, Wired Magazine, will present “The Technium,” in which he ponders: What comes after the Internet? What is bigger than the web? What will produce more wealth than all the startups to date?
  • Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Valve, will talk about the company’s reasons for switching to Linux.
  • Imad Sousou, vice president for Intel’s Software and Services Group and general manager for Intel Open Source Technology Center, will talk about mobile computing and the role of HTML5.
  • Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation, will share the latest work on the popular technology.
  • Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, will reveal new information about Linux, open cloud and collaboration.
  • Linux Kernel Panel, featuring leading kernel developers and maintainers who will provide insights into the state of the Linux kernel as well as ongoing and future work.

“This year’s LinuxCon and CloudOpen speakers really represent the most visionary thinkers in software today. These people are defining the future of software development for Linux, cloud computing, mobile platforms and more,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “LinuxCon and CloudOpen are must-attend events for anyone building software, as Linux and open source software are the fundamental building blocks for all of technology development.”

LinuxCon North America and CloudOpen are made possible with generous support from Diamond sponsor Intel; Platinum sponsors HP and IBM; and Gold sponsors Samsung and SUSE.

The Linux Foundation will again offer attendance at both LinuxCon and CloudOpen with just one registration fee.  To register for LinuxCon North America, please visit:

To register for CloudOpen North America, please visit:

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