Call for Track Ideas

This year, Linux Plumbers Conference will take place in Cambridge, MA on November 3-5, 2010. Unlike more traditional conferences, the Plumbers conference is not structured around presentations of completed work, or problems and solutions confined to a single subsystem or layer of the Linux ecosystem. Rather the Plumbers Conference encourages BOFs type meetings and brainstorming sessions where technical experts from different areas and leaders in the Linux and Open Source world can get together and discuss how to make progress towards the solution of interdisciplinary multifaceted problems spanning multiple components of the Linux system. In some sense, the Plumbers Conference is really more of a workshop.

The program committee for the Linux Plumbers Conference is looking for proposals for the “tracks” that will be run during the Plumbers Conference. To do that, we are looking for “problem statements”: things that could be improved in Linux that cross multiple interfaces or other project boundaries (if you can solve it yourself inside a single project, please, don’t let us stop you — get hacking!). We are looking for problems that require collaboration and face-to-face communication across multiple teams and open source projects. These problems could apply to anywhere Linux is used: Linux on the Desktop, Linux on Mobile devices, Linux on servers, etc.

For example, if in order to get better performance, we need to get better information about low-level devices from the kernel, and that needs to be utilized by file system utilities, and the user needs to be able to involved by exposing options at the UI level in control panels and distribution installers — the Plumbers conference might be a great place to get everyone in the same room for half a day to solve this particular problem.

Along with your problem statements or track ideas, please list the projects which and/or key individuals who ideally should be present, and who might be a good person or persons to run such a conference track.

If you have any suggestions about possible topics/tracks for the Linux Plumbers Conference, you can either:

Many thanks for helping to make Linux an even better platform!

The 2010 LPC Committee

Note: The Linux Plumbers Conference will be co-located with the Linux Kernel Summit which will be held earlier that week.

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