LinuxCon Japan Kicks Off Next Week
Article by George Norman
On 28 May 2011
Come next week, the 1st of June to be more precise, LinuxCon Japan will kick off in Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo and most populous municipality of Japan. It will be the perfect occasion for the Linux community to get together. Linux Torvals, who I am sure needs no introduction, will be there and so will a variety of Linux community leaders and contributors.

The afomenetioned Linux Torvalds will be one of the many keynote speakers at LinuxCon Japan; during his speech he will share his thoughts on Linux’s 20th anniversary. Here are the other keynote speakers and what they will talk about:

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Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive Director – will also share his thoughts on Linux’s 20th anniversary.
James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Distinguished Engineer at Novell – what Linux can learn from the Android development model and the lessons that can be learned for other open source projects.
Mark Charlebois, Director of Open Source Strategy at Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC) – Linux’s role in mobile development and innovation.
Alan Clark, Senior Manager and Strategic Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Novell – what’s next for SUSE now that Novell was acquired by Attachmate.
Jon Corbet, Editor of Linux Weekly News and Linux kernel developer – the latest happenings in the kernel community with the Kernel Weather Report.
Dirk Hohndel, the Chief Open Source and Linux Techologist at Intel – insights on the Yocto Project.
David Rusling, Chief Technology Officer at Linaro – the achievements, the reasons for creating, and the future of Linaro.

“The Linux community understands the power of collaboration to accelerate technology that impacts both business and society. LinuxCon Japan can bring together community leadership to help address technology gaps left by the recent tragedy in Japan while advancing Linux,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “We’re also looking forward to celebrating 20 years of Linux and hearing directly from Linus Torvalds about what this milestone means to him.”

One day before LinuxCon Japan kicks off, on the 31st of May, an open forum entitled “Power of Collaboration in Crisis” will be held. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, this forum is meant to facilitate collaboration among open source projects that are helping in a time of crisis. Patrick Meier of the Project Ushahidi, Open Street Map’s Hiroshi Miura, and Hack for Japan’s Fumi Yamazaki will speak at the forum.

LinuxCon Japan will also be the perfect occasion to show support for Japan. LinuxCon Japan will be host to special sessions and programs aimed at aiding the country’s relief effort following the recent earthquake and tsunami.

“We believe that one of the best ways to support the Japanese people in this time of crisis is to continue our programs there. We are excited to bring the world’s best developers to Japan to collaborate with their peers in the country,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We’re also very happy to be able to donate funds to relief efforts in Japan.”

Additional information on LinuxCon Japan is available

Tags: Linux, Linux Foundation, LinuxCon, LinuxCon Japan, Japan
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