Call For Papers

Linux Symposium - Call for Papers

Wednesday, July 23rd ~ Saturday, July 26th, 2008

2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the Linux Symposium and to celebrate the progress of Linux and Open Source in the past decade we want the most exciting, thoughtprovoking and groundbreaking submissions to date. What does that mean for you? It means that the review committee wants submissions that are guaranteed to not only be informative, but that will prompt discussion before, during, and after the conference. This is your chance to show us why Linux developers are among the world?s best out-ofthe- box thinkers! Some key areas of interest are:

We will be re-introducing tracks in 2008 so accepted submissions will be organized under topic listings that will be released in the near future. Please remember to read the submission requirements carefully! :) Proposals should be submitted for one of the following three formats:

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)

    We strongly urge you to review the proceedings from previous years to get a feel for the kind of topics and level of detail and technical focus that will be accepted. Links to all proceedings are available on the Linux Symposium website.

    Mini Summits
    We will also be accepting submissions for Mini Summit topics. These will be held on the day(s) before the Linux Symposium, with venue and any technical requirements (i.e. projector, screen, etc.) provided by Linux Symposium and our sponsors. Please submit your request via email and include the following: Topic, Moderator, Expected Time Required, Number of Attendees (approx.), Technical Requirements and any other relevant information. Please note that all mini summit atttendees must be registered as attendees of the Linux Symposium. Thank you.

  • Step 1.

    Proposal to Present

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

    Please submit your abstract online at by logging into your account. If you don't have an account, please register first. Submissions will be accepted from November 15th, 2007 ~ February 15th, 2008.


    The proposal is your opportunity to show the review committee that your topic has merit and that you have the knowledge and qualifications to be invited to present at the Symposium.


  • Maximum of 150 words (750 characters)
  • Two paragraphs: The first should describe the topic you will be presenting in clear, concise detail; The second should explain why the subject of your proposal would be of interest to the attendees of the Symposium and the Linux community
  • For tutorials please include the length of time required (2 or 4 hours)

    Here is an example of how your proposal should look:

    The Linux kernel evolves rapidly with around 1700 patches a month going into the base kernel for the past two years. With this kind of fast development, we need a way to ensure that the patches being merged do not cause performance regression in Linux kernel. The Linux Kernel Performance project started in July 2005 and is our effort to ensure every dot release from Linus is evaluated with key workloads.

    In this paper, we will present our benchmark methodology, infrastructure and the benchmark results collected over the 2.6 kernel development cycle. We will examine a few examples of historical performance regressions that occurred and how the Linux community worked together to address them to make Linux a world-class enterprise operating system.

    In collaboration with [Name], [Company]." (If there is a co-author)


    The biography should provide your professional background and involvement in the Linux and Open Source community.


  • Maximum of 75 words (375 characters)
  • Written in 3rd person
  • One paragraph describing your professional work experience, and any related projects you are currently involved with or have been involved with in the past.

    Here is an example of how your biography should look:

    Greg Kroah-Hartman is the current Linux kernel maintainer for more driver subsystems than he wants to admit, along with the driver core, sysfs, kobject, kref, and debugfs code. He also helped start the linux-hotplug and udev projects, and is one half of the kernel stable maintainer team. He works for SuSE Labs / Novell and does various kernel related things for them, and is the author of the book, "Linux Kernel in a Nutshell", the co-author of the book, "Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition" and a contributing editor for Linux Journal.

    You can submit your proposal and biography by logging into the secure area of the Symposium website. 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, 2008.

    Step 3

    Final Submissions


    The abstract will be published on the website and in the official event programme. It is what attendees will use to choose which presentations they will be attending.


  • Maximum of 150 words (750 characters)
  • Two paragraphs: The first should provide a brief outline of your topic and its relevance; the second should provide insight into the type of audience who might find your presentation interesting and educational and any knowledge or technical requirements that they will need

    Here is an example of how your abstract should look:

    Linux is becoming the operating system of choice in many embedded applications. While there are many differences between developing native Linux on a quad processor system with 16Gig of Memory and 250Gig of RAID storage developing a cross compiled Linux for a processor that costs less than price of a good sandwich, limited to 16Meg of SDRAM, and 4 Meg of Flash, there are a many things that are exactly the same.

    This tutorial will teach the attendees what kind of Linux based networked systems are possible to deploy using low cost hardware, and open source software. Every person will be given a device upon the start of the class and by the end they will have created and debugged a few innovative different devices. Knowledge of building and running a standard Kernel and an understanding of C is required.


    Final papers must be formatted using the Linux Symposium LaTeX template. No other format will be accepted and any paper that does not adhere to the specifications outlined in this document and the official template will result in your invitation to present being revoked. If you require any assistance please ensure that you notify us a minimum of three weeks prior to the final submission deadline.


  • Minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 15 pages (properly formatted)
  • Diagrams and screen shots may be included but must be at a high resolution that ensures excellent print quality
  • Color images will be included but only in situations where they are necessary. Please use your best judgement Papers will be accepted until Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Failure to submit will result in your invitation to present being revoked. Please submit your paper to .


    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 Thursday, May 1, 2008.

    Bird of a Feather Sessions

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

  • Step 4



    Paper presentations will be 45 minutes including 5 minutes for questions after your presentation is complete. There will be a 15 minute break in between each session.


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

    Bird of a Feather Sessions

    BoFs will be 60 minutes in length and will be held in the session slots after the dinner break. There will be no break in between each BoFs so please monitor your time carefully and be respectful of the presenter after you. There will be a number of areas allocated at the venue for ?Impromptu BoFs?, please see the Registration/Info Desk to allocate a room.

    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 contact us by no later than June 1, 2008.

    Fine Print

    Summary of Important Deadlines

    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

    Dirk Hohndel, Intel
    Gerrit Huizenga, IBM
    Andrew Hutton, Steamballoon Incorporated
    Dave Jones, Red Hat Software
    Craig Ross, Linux Symposium
    Matthew Wilson, rPath

    Proceedings Formatting Committee

    John Lockhart, Redhat