Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to be hosting several Keynote speakers at the Linux Symposium this year. Please see below for details.

Matthew Wilcox

Keynote Date: Wednesday, July 23rd (10h00)

Matthew Wilcox has been a Linux kernel hacker since his modest patch to the iso9660 filesystem was applied in 1998. He has worked on the ARM, PA-RISC, PowerPC and IA64 ports, the Symbios and Advansys SCSI drivers, file locking, PCI and numerous other parts of the Linux kernel. He currently works for Intel, improving Linux performance on x86 hardware from his basement in Ottawa.

Topic: "The Kernel Report"

The Linux Kernel is one of the most successful Open Source projects. Matthew will give a brief history of the last ten years of kernel development while covering some high points of the last year in more depth. He will discuss the development model used to coordinate the astonishing progress of the kernel. He will present the preliminary agenda for the 2008 Kernel Summit and conclude with some wildly speculative prognostications about what will happen in the next year.


Werner Almesberger

Keynote Date: Thursday, July 24 (16h00)

Werner got hooked on Linux in the days of the 0.12 kernel, when studying computer science at ETH Zurich, and has been hacking the kernel and related infrastructure components ever since, both as a recreational activity, and as part of his work, first during his PhD in communications at EPF Lausanne, and later also in industry. Being a true Linux devout, he moved closer to the home of the penguins in 2002, and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Contributions to Linux include the LILO boot loader, the initial RAM disk (initrd), the MS-DOS file system, much of the ATM code, the tcng traffic control configurator, and kboot. He joined the OpenMoko project in early 2007 and works there on the kernel and in related system areas.

Topic: "The Making of the OpenMoko Neo"

The OpenMoko Neo is a series of mobile phones that not only run Open Source software, but that are designed for being hacker-friendly, from the ground up.

This presentation will describe our journey into an industry that is just beginning to recognize Linux and the rest of the Open Source world as more than just a cheap way for getting code, and it will also include the lessons we learned from some of the more interesting mistakes we made along the way.

The main focus of this talk will be on the hardware and system software development for the Neo 1973 (GTA01) and the Neo Freerunner (GTA02).


Mark Shuttleworth

Keynote Date: Friday, July 25 (17h00)

Mark is the founder of the Ubuntu Project, an enterprise Linux distribution that is freely available worldwide and has both cutting-edge desktop and enterprise server editions, and has become very popular.

Mark studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town, and went on to found Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and cryptography. He sold Thawte to US company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City, Russia, and Khazakstan. In April 2002 Mark flew in space, as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station. In early 2004 he founded the Ubuntu project, which aims to produce a free, high quality desktop OS for everybody.

Topic: "The Joy of Synchronicity: Coordinating the Releases of Upstreams and Distributions"