Technical Merit & Diversity
The Linux Symposium committee has always based content accepted for inclusion upon the technical merit of a proposal submitted during the Call for Participation process and does not allow factors such as race, sex, country of origin, or corporate affiliation to enter into the decision making process. We consider the neutral approach taken to proposals to be key to ensuring that we hear about interesting new technology and developments regardless of origin and believe that providing a level playing field where proposals are reviewed upon their merit alone is critical to the expansion and healthy development of the Linux and Open Source Software community.
The Linux Symposium is and has always been dedicated to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment. We will not tolerate the harassment of any conference attendee, including during talks and at our organized social events. We strongly believe in the Linux and Free Software development community and that as any community we have a moral responsibility to ensure that all members are free from harassment. Any participant violating these rules will be sanctioned or expelled at the organizers discretion based on the severity of the violation.
If an attendee engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. Anyone not taking a warning from the organizers seriously will be asked to leave the conference and will not be welcome at any future events.
If you are being harassed and would like us to become involved contact a member of conference staff and we will attempt to deal with your concerns in an appropriate manner. Please be aware that an arguement is not something we may be able to resolve; we will do our best to either help sort out the problems. There are obviously a wide range of potential complaints and we will do our best to be fair and reasonable as is our responsibility.
In serious cases where a violation of the law may be relevant we will assist you in contacting law enforcement and will defer to their authority.
We greatly value your attendance and wish to ensure that nobody feels unduly uncomfortable attending our conference.
Payment & Refunds
We believe strongly in family and will do our best to make our social events open to partners of attendees and when appropriate/possible to well behaved children as well. We will do our best to label any event as "Family Friendly" and to suggest activities around the event site that might be of interest to partners and children during the event.