The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, taking place form June 13-15 at Google’s Mountain View Campus in the Bay Area, is supposed to bring company and enterprise orientated minds around Linux together. The invitation-only event combines several previously singular events together, among them also the Desktop Architects Meeting which took place last time in december 2006 and the LSB face2face meeting which also took place last time in that December.
The schedule and agenda of this combined event give an overview over the main talks which will be given:
- State of Linux Kernel Roundtable Discussion — What’s New with Core Development
- State of Linux Roundtable discussion — Where are We Going? Where Have We Been? An Industry Perspective
- Cross Industry/Cross Distro Software Development: The Ubuntu Perspective
- How Do We Get More Apps on Linux? What are the Issues Facing Linux Application Development and How do we Solve Them? (Ha, I can answer that one 😉 )
- The Legal Protection of Linux – Patents and Licensing, GPLv3 and the Future
- End Users and Linux: What Works, What Doesn’t?
- How Do We Work Together as a Collaborative Community?
- LF Collaboration Summit Reception
- Joint Meeting of the Vendor, User and Developer Advisory Councils
Besides these talks the sub-events also feature their own talks, which adds up to quite a lot. Here is a list of the sub-events, called tracks:
- Desktop Architect’s Meeting 4, the only track which goes two days long
- User Advisory Council Meeting: Device Drivers
- Vendor Advisory Council Meeting
- LSB Face-To-Face Meeting
- Printing On Linux
- Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Breakout Meeting
- Mobile Linux
- Kernel messaging
- Testing on Linux
Ha, find a topic which is missing. To me it looks like almost everything is covered – and I wonder how many people will attend? It is more or less a conference on its own.
The list of speakers is also a nice read: almost every bigger company and distribution is represented there. Also other companies like Adobe or Real which provide Linux apps have speakers there. If you miss the more community centered groups there, they do appear as attendees.
Actually, the list of attendees reads like a who-is-who of the Linux ecosystem – especially the more business centered part. Interesting here are the numbers (although they probably don’t mean much): the distributions (Novell, Red Hat/Fedora and Ubuntu) has each a fistful of people in the game. But there are companies which send more: Nokia and HP send each 6 people, Google 7, Ricoh and IBM each 9 and Intel even 11 people!
While I can understand IBM, HP and Google and definitely appreciate Intel I wonder why other companies like Ricoh send so many people. And Adobe only has the Flash player and Adobe Reader for Linux, why do they send 4 people? And what about Cisco’s 4 members? Do they sell devices with Linux on them? And what is DreamWorks doing there with three attendees? And where is Trolltech?
Anyway, as I said at the beginning, the meeting is focusing on the topics which are important for companies working in the Linux ecosystem. The important non-company community parts are also represented, but clearly are a minority.
This is not bad (yes, for me even companies are part of the community), but knowing that avoids wondering.
I’m looking forward to the outcome of the meeting. I haven’t found any information about where results will be posted/reported.