CFP Open – Microconferences

We are pleased to announce the Call for Microconferences for the 2021 edition Linux Plumbers Conference, which we plan to hold in Dublin,
Ireland the last week of September in conjunction with The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit. If an in-person conference should prove to be impossible due to the circumstances at that time, Linux Plumbers will switch to a virtual only conference. Microconference runners should ideally be able to attend in person if circumstances permit, although arrangements may be possible to do so remotely. Please see our website or social media for regular updates.

A microconference is a collection of collaborative sessions focused on problems in a particular area of Linux plumbing, which includes the kernel, libraries, utilities, services, UI, and so forth, but can also focus on cross-cutting concerns such as security, scaling, energy efficiency, toolchains, container runtimes, or a particular use case. Good microconferences result in solutions to these problems and concerns, while the best microconferences result in patches that implement those solutions.

For more information on submitting a microconference proposal, visit our
CfP page.

The microconference submission process differs from that for presentations in the submissions may be (and, indeed, are expected to be) updated over time. The initial submission should include the topic of the microconference, a list of problems that are expected to be discussed, and a list of key developers that can make decisions for solutions to those problems. The Linux Plumbers program committee will work with the authors of the microconference submissions to help clarify the objectives of the microconerence.

Microconferences that have been at a previous Linux Plumbers should also
include in the submission, a list of accomplishments that were a result of that previous meet up and the topics listed for this year’s meet up should include a new set of topics and follow up work from the previous year’s topics.

Topics of a microconference should be thought of as “problem statements” and not an “abstract” like a presentation. Topics are meant to be mostly discussion oriented or presentations to facilitate discussions, but should not be a presentation to simply demonstrate what has already been accomplished. Microconferences are to discuss problems of today and tomorrow, and not to discuss accomplishments of yesterday.

Acceptance of microconferences will be done in the order the submissions become ready for acceptance. The microconference submitters should be prepared to write a blog entry advertising their microconference.

RFQ SW development – Linux Plumbers Conference 2021

Reference: LPC2021-RFQ01

The Linux Plumbers Conference committee seeks to contract one or more suppliers for the development of Open Source software improvements to BigBlueButton; Matrix; and other associated work.

Offers must be received by Thursday March 25th end of day (EOD). Offers must be submitted electronically to contact@linuxplumbersconf.org.

Details of the RFQ are available publicly online here.

The RFQ document might be updated to reflect answers to questions or provide additional information.

The Linux Plumbers Conference successfully made use of BigBlueButton in 2020 and is planning to deploy it again in 2021. One improvement the committee is seeking is the ability to integrate instant messaging more effectively in 2021. The Matrix project, and related client and server components, looks very promising. We look forward to working together with members of these communities to improve the projects through features funding.

The details are in the RFQ document. More can be provided based on the information required by the projects.

CFP Open – Refereed Presentations

The Call for Refereed Presentation Proposals for the 2021 edition of the Linux Plumbers Conference is now open, which we plan to hold in Dublin, Ireland the last week of September in conjunction with The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit. If an in-person conference should prove to be impossible due to the circumstances at that time, Linux Plumbers will switch to a virtual only conference. Submitters should ideally be able to give their presentation in person if circumstances permit, although presenting remotely will always be possible. Please see our website or social media for regular updates.

Refereed Presentations are 45 minutes in length and should focus on a specific aspect of the “plumbing” in the Linux system. Examples of Linux plumbing include core kernel subsystems, init systems, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, device support, media creation/playback, and so on. The best presentations are not about finished work, but rather problem statements, proposals, or proof-of-concept solutions that require face-to-face discussions and debate.

The Refereed Presentations track will be running throughout all three days of the conference. Note that given the current Linux Plumbers Refereed track may overlap with the Open Source Summit.

Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee members will be reviewing all submitted proposals.  High-quality submissions that cannot be accepted due to the limited number of slots will be forwarded to both the Open Source Summit and to organizers of suitable  Linux Plumbers Microconferences for further consideration.

To submit a Refereed Track Presentation proposal follow the instructions here [1]

Submissions are due on or before June 12 that 11:59PM UTC.

[1] https://linuxplumbersconf.org/event/11/abstracts/

Welcome to the 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference

Planning for the 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference is well underway. The hope is to be in Dublin co-located with OSS EU (although with hopefully non-overlapping dates). However, the Linux Foundation is still negotiating for a suitable venue so we can’t fully confirm the location yet.

There is an outside (and hopefully receding) chance that we may have to go back to being fully on-line this year, but if that happens, we’ll be sure to alert you through the usual channels of this blog and twitter.