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2009 Call For Participation - UPDATED April 15th, 2009

2009 Linux Symposium
Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 13th-17th, 2009

About the Symposium

2009 will be the 11th annual Linux Symposium and will see some format changes. The 13th and 14th of July will be dedicated to full day and half-day tutorials and Mini-Summits, the 15th-17th will be the paper presentations, bird of a feather sessions and the keynote address.

We Are Soliciting For

Tutorials of both half and full-day lengths. We have allocated two full days for tutorials in 2009 (Monday-Tuesday) and would like to see topics ranging from Kernel development to user-space development and system administration.

Mini-Summits of between 10 and 250 attendees and from one to two days in length. We provide the space, the audio-video and network access and you organize your own gathering. If you would like to organize a mini-Summit please contact to discuss.

Technical Paper Presentations on topics ranging from driver development, kernel debugging, emerging technologies, to embedded systems development, and userspace development tools.

Bird of a Feather Session informal meetings setup to discuss various topics. BoFS can be either submitted in advance or when on-site but advance notification helps ensure people are aware of your session.

Volunteers will be needed to help with a number of event related tasks, if you can spare some time see the section at the bottom of this document for more information.

What to Submit

The Proposal

You will need to submit a proposal of up to a maximum of 750 characters (about 150 words) that details what you plan on talking about and why it is important that the community learn more about your topic.

You will also need to submit a short biography of the main presenter/author of up to 100 (about 500 characters) along with your proposal. This should include some details on your background and why you are the person to be presenting this topic.

Example Proposal

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. 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)

Example Biography

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.

Where to Submit

Please submit your abstract online at by logging into your registration account. . If you do not have an account yet you can create one first and then submit your proposal and biography.

When to Submit

The proposal system is still accepting proposals, we have a limited number of spaces available for last-minute presentations. You can submit proposals for BOFS and Tutorials until at least June 1st, 2009.

Committee Review Process

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 send out acceptance and rejection notifications starting on March 1st, 2009 and will do their best to have them all out by March 7th, 2009.

Final Submission


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. It must not exceed two paragraphs in length.

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. If you require any assistance please ensure that you notify us a minimum of three weeks prior to the final submission deadline.

Final papers should format between 5 and 15 pages in length and will be printed in black and white at 600dpi. Please provide all original images in their original scalable and high-resolution format. Do not include low resolution bitmap images as they will not look good when printed.

We will need a building printable version of your paper checked in by May 1st, 2009 but you will be able to submit revisions up until June 1st, 2009.

Additional Details

Presentation Times

Paper presentations will be 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute break before the next sessoion.

Tutorials are either half-day (10am-2pm or 2pm-6pm) or full day (10am-6pm), please specify in your proposal how much time you require.

A/V Equipment

An XGA (1024x786) LCD projector will be available to display output from a laptop computer.

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."


The official language of the event is English and papers must be submitted in proofread English, however this year we are also going to publish non-English papers on-line (not in the printed proceedings due to editing issues) as long as they are submitted as a PDF ready to post.

Programme Committee

James Bottomley, Novell
Bdale Garbee, HP
Dave Jones, Red Hat
Dirk Hohndel, Intel
Gerrit Huizenga, IBM
Andrew Hutton, Linux Symposium
Alasdair Kergon, Red Hat
Matthew Wilson, rPath

Proceedings Committee

Robyn Bergeron

Volunteers Needed!


We are looking to expand the proceedings committee with people familiar with, and willing to learn LaTeX and help out authors with their formatting. If you would like to help out with formatting a paper or two please send info@ an email and we will get things started.

Web Design

We would love some help improving the look of our site. If you have some artistic talent (which we clearly lack) and some free time let us know and we'd love to work with you to improve things.


If you're local to Ottawa or Montreal and would like to help get things organized prior to and at the Symposium drop us a note. Tasks like editing together the programme, printing and assembling materials, and providing on-site logistical support are always in need of more help.


As always we rely greatly on word of mouth for promotion and would love if you could forward this CFP to as many people as possible.

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