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posted Jun 22, 2011, 8:49 AM by Theodore Ts'o   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 6:33 PM by Theodore Tso ]

Hi all,

It's time to start the planning process for the 2011 Kernel Summit!   This year, the kernel summit will be held in Prague in the Czech Republic on October 23--25.  This year, the biggest change is that the conference will be running three days, where the first day will be dedicated to some kernel subsystem workshops.  The second day will be focused on development process issues and be more discussion oriented; for this reason, it will be limited to core kernel developers picked through a nomination and selection process which as in previous years.  The third day will be more presentation oriented (although hopefully we will have some discussion); and all kernel summit workshop attendees will be welcome attend the 3rd day.

The kernel summit is organized by a program committee, but it could just as easily said that it is organized by the whole Linux Kernel development community.  Which is to say, its goals are to make Linux kernel development flow more smoothly, and what we talk about is driven by the work that is going on in the development community at large.  So to that end, we need your help!

First off, please see the Kernel Summit 2011 web site, which can be reached at http://ksummit2011.kernel.org.   This announcement, an explanation of the process by which we decide which the program committee decides who is issued invitations to attend the kernel summit, and much more information, can be found at this web site.

Secondly, please join the ksummit-2011-discuss mailing list and submit suggestions for topics that you think should be discussed at the kernel summit --- either specific technical issues which impact the entire kernel (topics that are specific to a single subsystem are probably better discussed at the various workshops that are held for a particular subsystem, such as the Linux Storage and File System workshop, or the Power Management Summit, etc.), or ideas for process improvements to how we do our development.  (Hint: if you suggest a topic which the program committee agrees is an important and vital area for discussion at the Kernel Summit, and you happen to be a good person to lead or participate in that discussion, that's one of the ways you can wangle an invite to the Kernel Summit.  The other way, of course, is to write a lot of good code and/or take on the responsibilities of being a subsystem or architecture maintainer.  :-)  In addition, for those of you who have attended the kernel summit in the past, if you have suggestions for how we can make the kernel summit run more smoothly, please drop a note to the ksummit-2011-discuss list.  We're always looking for ways we can improve the kernel summit.

Thirdly, once again, this year we will be asking people to propose significant/interesting "out of the box" discussion topics.  We will be inviting the submitters of the 3-5 of the most interesting discussion topics to come to the kernel summit to help lead those discussions.  The form for submitting these proposals will also be used for accepting proposals for presentations of the third day of the summit.  Please send in proposals by July 22, 2011.

In addition, please examine the list of names which the program committee will consider for receiving kernel summit invitations.  As detailed in the description of the Invitation Process, the list is compiled mechanically using a script which pulls information from the git source code repository for the kernel.   It is used only as a starting point; if you can think of people (including yourself) that you think should be considered by the program committee, please let us know, either by filling out the nominations form, or by sending e-mail to the program committee at ksummit-2011-pc.   NOTE: Please send us any nominations/suggestions by June 30th, 2011.

If you are on the list, please check to make sure there aren't any typos in your name and that the e-mail address is the one you would prefer to use for kernel summit related e-mails.  We sometimes have trouble contacting people that we have chosen to receive an invitation, and you can make our lives much easier by checking to make sure we have your correct contact information.

Finally, one of the primary reasons why I started the kernel summit eleven years ago was because I've found that people work better after they have had a chance to meet each other face to face.  If you only know someone via e-mail, it's lot easier to get into flame wars.  But after you've met someone, broken bread and drunk beer with them, it's easier to work with them as a colleague and fellow developer.   While the Linux Kernel development community has grown significantly since March, 2001, this principle still holds true.  So even if you don't end up getting an invitation to the kernel summit, your participation and suggestions are incredibly helpful and are an important contribution to the community.  And either way, I hope we will see you at some of the upcoming Linux developer conferences and workshops, such as the LinuxCon. event in Vancouver, and the Linux Plumbers Conference  in Santa Rosa.

Thanks, and I look forward to working with you to make Kernel Summit, and Linux Kernel development in general, even more successful this year and in the future.

                                                                                               Theodore Ts'o
                                                                                               Chair, Kernel Summit Program Committee

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