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Linux Symposium - Call for Papers

Wednesday, June 27th ~ Saturday, June 30th, 2007

The Linux Symposium is the premier world leading Linux Kernel and open userspace technical conference. Although there is a bias on the technical aspects of the kernel we also welcome submissions which address leading edge user space development as well as advanced system administration.

We are looking for proposals in several categories:

  • Technical papers addressing specific leading-edge Linux related technologies.
  • Tutorial sessions of 2, 4 or 8 hours.
  • Bird of a Feather Sessions free form meeting time set aside for topical discussion between interested parties.

Some examples of topics presented in the past would be:

  • Paper: Measuring Resource Demand in Linux
  • Tutorial: Write a real, working Linux driver
  • BOFS: High-Availability Linux (Linux-HA) BOFS

We recommend that you review past proceedings to get a feel for the kind of topics and level of detail and technical focus that we are looking for. Links to past proceedings are available on the Symposium website.

Step 1.

Proposal to Present

The proposal submission process now requires that you prepare a proposal, and a personal biography that will be used on the website and printed in the event programme.

Submissions will be accepted from January 3rd, 2007 ~ February 15th, 2007.


Your proposal is your pitch to the programme committee and your chance to convince them that your topic has merit and that you understand and are qualified to be invited to present at the symposium.

There is no fixed format for proposals but they should be clear, concise and a maximum of 300 words. (1500 characters)

Co-authors may be mentioned in the format: "In collaboration with Name, Company."


Your biography should give some background both professional and personal covering who you are and why you are the one submitting the proposal. Please try to keep the information relevant. A biography is limited to a maximum of 150 words (750 characters) and should be as close to the maximum as possible. It must be written in the 3rd person perspective.

You can submit your proposal and biography here. If you are already registered, you can login using your email address and password. If it is your first time submitting a proposal, you will need to register.

Step 2.

Committee Review

The programme committee will review your proposal per the guidelines above. Failure to read and follow the guidelines will result in your proposal being rejected. The committee will do their best to send out acceptance and rejection notifications by February 28th, 2007.

Step 3

Final Submissions


The abstract will be published on the website, and in the Programme. It should be divided into two paragraphs. The first paragraph should describe the topic of your presentation. The second, should describe what the audience can expect from your presentation, and any requirements they may need to better understand your presentation. I.e. "You should have a solid understanding of..., etc." The abstract is limited to a maximum of 150 words (750 characters). Your abstract will replace the proposal if your paper is accepted.


Papers should be a minimum of 6 pages (formatted) and a maximum of 15 pages (formatted). We encourage the use diagrams, charts and screen shots please make sure they look good printed in both black and white and colour if possible.

Final papers must be formatted using the Linux Symposium LaTeX template. No other format will be accepted. If you send your paper in another format it will result in your offer to present being revoked. If you require assistance please ensure you notify us a minimum of two weeks prior to the final submission deadline.

Papers will be accepted until April 15th. Failure to submit will result in your offer to present being revoked. Please submit your paper to papers2007 at


While there is no fixed format for tutorials we ask that any hand-outs, slides and any other related materials that you wish to submit be sent by April 15th.

Bird of a Feather Sessions

Bird of a feather sessions have no submission requirements. You are responsible for bringing any materials that you will require.

Step 4



Paper presentations are 45 minutes including time for questions followed by a 15 minute break between sessions.


Tutorials may be presented in 2hr or 4hr sessions, depending on the content.

Bird of a Feather Sessions

BOFs are 45 minutes including time for questions, followed by a 15 minute break between sessions. There will be a number of areas allocated at the conference centre for "Impromptu BOFs" as well.

A/V Equipment

An XGA (1024x786) LCD projector will be available to display output from a laptop computer. If you will require additional AV equipment please specify this in your proposal.

Fine Print

Summary of Important Deadlines

  • January 3rd, 2007 ~ February 15th, 2007

    ~ Proposal Submissions
  • February 28th, 2007

    ~ Acceptance/Rejection Notification
  • April 15th, 2007

    ~ Final Paper Submission

Publication Rights

The conference requires non-exclusive publication rights to submitted papers including the publication of audio and video proceedings. Copyright is retained by the author. We do ask that we be the first organisation to publish any given paper.

Further, as stated in the official templates, and on the Credits page from the Proceedings of this year and prior years: "Authors retain copyright to all submitted papers, but have granted unlimited redistribution rights to all as a condition of submission."

Failure to Submit

In the event that any deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present. We also accept some proposals on a provisional basis so that when an offer to present is revoked we are able to fill the empty space.

Review Committee

Martin Bligh, Google
Dirk Hohndel, Intel
Gerrit Huizenga, IBM
Andrew Hutton, Steamballoon Incorporated
Dave Jones, Red Hat Software
Craig Ross, Linux Symposium

Proceedings Formatting Committee

John Lockhart, Redhat


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