More than 600 open source professionals, developers and operators will convene in Tokyo this year to collaborate, share information, and learn at Open Source Summit Japan. The technical conference will cover the latest in open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing, software-defined networking, and more.

This year Open Source Summit Japan will also be co-located with Automotive Linux Summit, to be held May 31 – June 2 at the Tokyo Conference Center.  Automotive Linux Summit gathers the most innovative minds from the automotive arena including automotive systems engineers, Linux experts, R&D managers, business executives, open source licensing and compliance specialists and community developers. The event connects the developer community with the vendors and users providing and using the code in order to drive the future of embedded devices in automotive.  

The Linux Foundation is now seeking proposals for both conferences from speakers with fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 4. Submit your proposal now!

Some suggested topics for Open Source Summit Japan 2017 speakers include:

  • Kernel (e.g., CGroups, Namespaces, Zones)

  • Container Runtime (e.g. Docker, rkt, LXC, LXD, openvz, lmctfy, Warden, libvirt-lxc)

  • Orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes, Mesos)

  • Real World Experiences with SDN & NFV Deployment

  • SDN for Service Providers

  • Is there a Benefit for SDN in Enterprise Networks?

  • Open Network Hardware (Both Hardware Design and Operating Systems)

See the full list of suggested topics for Open Source Summit Japan and Automotive Linux Summit and tips for creating a great proposal.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? readers get 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5. Register now to save over $150 on Open Source Summit Japan through April 16.

There is a complimentary add-on option on the Open Source Summit Japan registration form to join Automotive Linux Summit.  

The Linux Foundation today announced the speaker lineup for the Vault Linux Storage & Filesystems Conference, taking place March 22-23 in Cambridge, MA.

Vault is the leading technical event dedicated to Linux storage and filesystems where developers and operators in the filesystems and storage space can advance computing for data storage. Linux has been at the center of the advances in data, filesystems and storage with its widespread use in cloud computing, big data and other data-intensive computing workloads. At Vault, hardware vendors collaborate within the Linux community to develop cutting-edge storage hardware, helping transform Linux into a leader in the storage industry.

Haoyuan Li, CEO of Alluxio (formerly Tachyon), will present a keynote on the San Mateo-based startup’s journey thus far and the road ahead. The open source, software-only storage company, which focuses on big data analytics jobs with Apache Spark, recently struck up a partnership with Dell EMC’s private cloud. And last year Alluxio announced an integration with Huawei’s big data storage solution.

Facebook’s Josef Bacik, Oracle’s Martin Petersen, and Red Hat’s Rik van Riel will also give a keynote recap of the invitation-only Linux Storage, Filesystem & Memory Management Summit, which will be held directly preceding Vault in the same venue. The summit gathers foremost development and research experts and kernel subsystem maintainers to map out and implement improvements to the Linux filesystem, storage and memory management subsystems that will make their way into the mainline kernel in the coming years.

Other speakers at Vault include:

  • Ahmed El-Shimi from Minima will provide insight into using machine learning to predict storage failures.

  • Felix GV from LinkedIn will explore how they refresh 100TB of data per day across multiple datacenters using Project Voldemort.

  • Kernel hacker Christoph Hellwig will illuminate filesystem and block storage optimizations in his talk, “Improving block discard support throughout the Linux Storage Stack.”

  • Kevin Vigor from Facebook will examine how NFS is critical infrastructure and lessons they’ve learned from running it at very large scale in his talk: “NFS @ scale: worst. protocol. evar. (except for all the others)“.

  • Sage Weil from Red Hat will discuss a new storage backend for Ceph named “Bluestore.”

View the full schedule of sessions.

Registration for Vault is discounted to $500 through February 4. Discounted academic rates are also available. Applications for diversity scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here. readers can register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the registration price. Save $225 by registering before February 4.

Executives, experts, analysts, and leaders in open source at some of the world’s largest and most successful companies will speak at the invitation-only Open Source Leadership Summit next month in Lake Tahoe, The Linux Foundation has announced.

AT&T, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, IDC, Leading Edge Forum, Mozilla, and VMware are among the many organizations that will share insights on how to start, build, participate in and advance open source strategy and development.  

The event, set to take place Feb. 14-16, will feature keynotes by Camille Fournier, former CTO of Rent the Runway and author of O’Reilly’s forthcoming book The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change; Dan Lyons, New York Times best-selling author of Disrupted; Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow at the Watson Research Center; and entrepreneur William Hurley aka ‘whurley’ whose retirement savings startup Honest Dollar was acquired last year by Goldman Sachs.

Other featured keynotes include:

  • Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, and Patrick Finch, Strategy Director, Mozilla who will discuss community innovation.

  • Al Gillen, GVP of Software Development and Open Source at IDC, will provide an analysis of open source in 2017 and beyond.

  • Abby Kearns, Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, will share how cross-foundation collaboration is a win for open source.

  • Chris Rice, SVP at AT&T Labs and Domain 2.0 Design and Architecture at AT&T, will talk about the future of networking and orchestration.

  • And more.

Open Source Leadership Summit is where open source leaders and visionaries come together, share best practices, and get the latest information on open source for business advantage. This conference is the place to be if your business is among the many companies across diverse industries that are discovering the strategic benefits of using open source software and participating in its development.

The event will also feature more than 50 educational sessions covering best practices, the future of open source, leadership strategy, open source project updates, compliance and standards, professional open source management, and more. Attendees can also take part in Open Spaces unconference sessions, pre and post summit activities and evening events geared towards small group collaboration and networking. See the full schedule.

Open source collaboration is a strong economic force that’s transforming diverse industries. No area of technology is untouched. Open Source Leadership Summit is the place to learn how this transformation is happening and how your company can be involved and benefit from it.

How mature is your organization’s open source software management? Take our short sample POSMA (Professional Open Source Management Assessment) survey for a ballpark score. Take the survey!

LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen will be held in China this year for the first time, The Linux Foundation announced this week.

After the success of other Linux Foundation events in the country, including MesosCon Asia and Cloud Foundry Summit Asia, The Linux Foundation decided to offer its flagship LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen events in China as well, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin.

“Chinese developers and businesses have strongly embraced open source and are contributing significant amounts of code to a wide variety of projects,” Zemlin said. “We have heard the call to bring more open source events to China.”

The flagship event, also known as LC3, will be held June 19-20, 2017 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. As it was in previous years, the event will also be held in North America and Europe this year under a new name, Open Source Summit.

LC3 will cover many of the hottest topics in open source, including open networking, Blockchain, compliance issues and the business and professionalization of open source.

Attendees will have access to the content of all three events with one registration. Activities will include 70+ educational sessions, keynotes from industry leaders, an exhibit hall for demonstrations and networking, hackathons, social events, and more.

  • LinuxCon is where the leading maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community and from around the world gather together for updates, education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux ecosystem.

  • ContainerCon is the place to learn how to best take advantage of container technology, which is revolutionizing the way we automate, deploy and scale workloads; from hardware virtualization to storage to software defined networking, containers are helping to drive a cloud native approach.

  • CloudOpen gathers top professionals to discuss cloud platforms, automation and management tools, DevOps, virtualization, software-defined networking, storage and filesystems, Big Data tools and platforms, open source best practices, and much more.

The conference is designed to enable attendees to collaborate, share information and learn about the newest and most interesting open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud technologies, networking, microservices and more. It also provides insight into how to navigate and lead in the open source community.

Speaking proposals are being accepted through March 18. Submit your proposal now!

Registration for the event will be open in the coming weeks.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is taking to the road February 7-9  in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver to offer end users, developers, students and other community members the ability to learn from experts at Red Hat, Apprenda and CNCF on how to use Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies in production. Sponsored by Intel and Tigera, the first ever Cloud Native/Kubernetes 101 Roadshow: Pacific Northwest will introduce key concepts, resources and opportunities for learning more about cloud native computing.

The CNCF roadshow series focuses on meeting with and catering to those using cloud native technologies in development, but not yet in production. Cities and locations include:

Each roadshow will be held from 2-5pm, with the full agenda including presentations from:

Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.  Dan will discuss:

  • What is cloud native computing — orchestrated containers as part of a microservices architecture — and why are so many cloud users moving to it instead of virtual machines

  • An overview of the CNCF projects — Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd — and how we as a community are building maps through previously uncharted territory

  • A discussion of top resources for learning more, including Kubernetes the Hard Way, Kubernetes bootcamp, and CloudNativeCon/KubeCon and training and certification opportunities

Brian Gracely, Director of Product Strategy at Red Hat. Brian will discuss:

  • Real-world use of Kubernetes in production today at Amadeus, LeShop, Produban/Santander & FICO

  • Why contributing to CNCF-hosted projects should matter to you

  • How cross-community collaboration is the key to the success of the future of Cloud Native

Isaac Arias, Technology Executive, Digital Business Builder, and Passionate Entrepreneur at Apprenda. Isaac will discuss:

  • Brief history of machine abstractions: from VMs to Containers

  • Why containers are not enough: the case for container orchestration

  • From Borg to Kubernetes: the power of declarative orchestration

  • Kubernetes concepts and principles and what it takes to be Cloud Native

By the end of this event, attendees will understand how cloud users are implementing cloud native computing — orchestrated containers as part of a microservices architecture – instead of virtual machines. Real-world Kubernetes use cases at Amadeus, LeShop, Produban/Santander, and FICO will be presented. A detailed walk through of Prometheus (monitoring system), OpenTracing (tracing standard) and Fluentd (logging) projects and each level of the stack will also be provided.

Each city is limited in space, so sign up now! Use the code MEETUP50 to receive 50% off registration!


In 2017, The Linux Foundation’s Embedded Linux Conference marks its 12th year as the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products.

Now co-located with OpenIoT Summit, ELC promises to be the best place for embedded and application developers, product vendors, kernel and systems developers as well systems architects and firmware developers to learn, share and advance the technical work required for embedded Linux and IoT.

In anticipation of this year’s North America event, to be held Feb. 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, we rounded up the top videos from the 2017 ELC and OpenIoT Summit. Register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the registration price. Save over $150 by registering before January 15, 2017.

1. Home Assistant: The Python Approach to Home Automation

Several home automation platforms support Python as an extension, but if you’re a real Python fiend, you’ll probably want Home Assistant, which places the programming language front and center. Paulus Schoutsen created Home Assistant in 2013 “as a simple script to turn on the lights when the sun was setting,” as he told attendees of his recent Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit presentation, “Automating your Home with Home Assistant: Python’s Answer to the Internet of Things.”

Schoutsen, who works as a senior software engineer for AppFolio in San Diego, has attracted 20 active contributors to the project. Home Assistant is now fairly mature, with updates every two weeks and support for more than 240 different smart devices and services. The open source (MIT license) software runs on anything that can run Python 3 — from desktop PCs to a Raspberry Pi, and counts thousands of users around the world.

2. Linus Torvalds Talks IoT, Smart Devices, Security Concerns, and More

Linus Torvalds, the creator and lead overseer of the Linux kernel, and “the reason we are all here,” in the words of his interviewer, Intel Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist Dirk Hohndel, was upbeat about the state of Linux in embedded and Internet of Things applications. Torvalds’ very presence signaled that embedded Linux, which has often been overshadowed by Linux desktop, server, and cloud technologies, has come of age.

“Maybe you won’t see Linux at the IoT leaf nodes, but anytime you have a hub, you will need it,” Torvalds told Hohndel. “You need smart devices especially if you have 23 [IoT standards]. If you have all these stupid devices that don’t necessarily run Linux, and they all talk with slightly different standards, you will need a lot of smart devices. We will never have one completely open standard, one ring to rule them all, but you will have three of four major protocols, and then all these smart hubs that translate.”

3. Taming the Chaos of Modern Caches

It turns out that software — and computer education curricula — have not always kept up with new developments in hardware, ARM Ltd. kernel developer Mark Rutland said in his presentation “Stale Data, or How We (Mis-)manage Modern Caches.”

“Cache behavior is surprisingly complex, and caches behave in subtly different ways across SoCs,” Rutland told the ELC audience. “It’s very easy to misunderstand the rules of how caches work and be lulled into a false sense of security.”

4. IoTivity 2.0: What’s in Store?

Speaking shortly after the release of Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF)’s IoTivity 1.1, Vijay Kesavan, a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel Corp, told the ELC audience about plans to support new platforms and IoT ecosystems in v2.0. He also explained how the OCF is exploring usage profiles beyond home automation in domains like automotive and industrial.

5. A Linux Kernel Wizard’s Adventures in Embedded Hardware

Sometimes the best tutorials come not from experts, but from proficient newcomers who are up to date on the latest entry-level technologies and can remember what it’s like to be a newbie. It also helps if, like Grant Likely, the teacher is a major figure in embedded Linux who understands how hardware is ignited by software.

At the Embedded Linux Conference, Likely — who is a Linux kernel engineer and maintainer of the Linux Device Tree subsystem used by many embedded systems — described his embedded hardware journey in a presentation called “Hardware Design for Linux Engineers” — or as he put it, “explaining stuff I only learned six months ago.” readers can register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the registration price. Save over $150 by registering before January 15, 2017.

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This week in open source and Linux news, The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit is dubbed a must-attend by Jono Bacon, Linux 4.9 is a “mammoth” release, and more! Read up on your open source news with the digest below!

1) Jono Bacon shares which 2017 open source events he will be attending in the new year, including The Linux Foundation’s newly named Open Source Summit.

Top Open Source Conference Picks for 2017–

2) Linux 4.9 is “a mammoth release spanning 22 million lines of code.”

Linux’s ‘Big’ 4.9 Release Adds Support for Raspberry Pi Zero, LG Nexus 5– ZDNet

3) Docker to let go of a critical software component, called containerd.

Docker to Donate Another Core Component to a Foundation– Data Center Knowledge

4) Nextcloud has released version 11 of the open source file sync and storage platform, which has boosted security features.

Nextcloud is the Open Source Answer to Mass Surveillance– CIO

5) “It’s free – like a puppy,” said Scott Gregory, deputy director of the Office of Digital Innovation for the State of California’s Department of Technology (CDT)

Open Source Software Carries Hidden Costs– GovTech Works

Data, file systems, and storage are at the heart of today’s computing environment. With the latest hardware, there is a need for more data storage capabilities and faster speeds.

Vault is the leading technical event dedicated to Linux storage and filesystems where developers and operators in the filesystems and storage space can advance computing for data storage.

The Linux Foundation is now seeking proposals from industry experts to speak at Vault on March 22-23, 2017, in Cambridge, MA, on a diverse range of topics related to storage, Linux, and open source. Help lead the conversation and share knowledge and expertise with the community.

Submit your speaking proposal now! The deadline for submissions is Jan. 14, 2017.

Suggested topics include:

  • Software Defined Storage (SDS)

  • Object, Block, and File System Storage Architectures (Ceph, Swift, Cinder, Manila, OpenZFS)

  • Distributed, Clustered, and Parallel Storage Systems (GlusterFS, Ceph, Lustre, OrangeFS, XtreemFS, MooseFS, OCFS2, HDFS)

  • Persistent Memory and Other New Hardware Technologies

  • File System Scaling Issues

  • Storage Management and Automation

  • Client/server file systems (NFS, Samba, pNFS)

  • Big Data Storage

  • Long Term, Offline Data Archiving

  • Data Compression and Storage Optimization

Vault will once again be co-located with the invite-only Linux Storage, Filesystems and Memory Management Summit, ensuring development and research experts and kernel subsystem maintainers will be present.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? readers can register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the registration price. Save $225 by registering before January 28.

Help shape the future of open networking! The Linux Foundation is now seeking business and technical leaders to speak at Open Networking Summit 2017.

On April 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA, ONS will gather more than 2,000 executives, developers and network architects to discuss innovations in networking and orchestration. It is the only event that brings together the business and technical leaders across carriers and cloud service providers, vendors, start-ups and investors, and open source and open standards projects in software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Submit a talk to speak in one of our five new tracks for 2017 and share your vision and expertise. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 21, 2017.

The theme this year is “Open Networking: Harmonize, Harness and Consume.” Tracks and suggested topics include:

General Interest Track

  • State of Union on Open Source Projects (Technical updates and latest roadmaps)

  • Programmable Open Hardware including Silicon & White Boxes + Open Forwarding Innovations/Interfaces

  • Security in a Software Defined World

Enterprise DevOps/Technical Track

  • Software Defined Data Center Learnings including networking interactions with Software Defined Storage

  • Cloud Networking, End to End Solution Stacks – Hypervisor Based

  • Container Networking

Enterprise Business/Architecture Track

  • ROI on Use Cases

  • Automation – network and beyond Analytics

  • NFV for Enterprise (vPE

Carriers DevOps/Technical Track

  • NFV use Cases – VNFs

  • Scale & Performance of VNFs

  • Next Gen Orchestration OSS/BSS & FCAPS models

Carriers Business/Architecture Track

  • SDN/NFV learnings

  • ROI on Use Cases

  • Architecture Learnings from Cloud

See the full list of potential topics on the ONS website.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? readers can register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the attendee registration price. Register by February 19 to save over $850.

This year, more than 20,000 tech professionals gathered at 150 Linux Foundation events worldwide to learn and share open source technologies and best practices. Held in 46 cities across 14 countries — from the U.S. and Canada, to Germany, Spain, China and Japan — Linux Foundation events are where the creators, maintainers and practitioners of the world’s most important open source projects meet.

As 2016 comes to a close, we have taken a look back at some of the highlights from this year’s events and compiled 10 great moments into a photo gallery, including the 25th anniversary of Linux Gala, the first Kids Day at LinuxCon, and Cory Doctorow speaking on FLOSS. Please share your favorite moments with us in the comments!

Thanks to all of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, and staff who made 2016 the best year yet for The Linux Foundation’s open source events. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

You can see the complete 2017 event schedule now.