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The First Annual Linux Conference will be presented at Open Systems World
FedUNIX'94.  This is the 6th year of Open Systems World and Linux Journal
magazine is proud to be able to present this conference.  We would also
like to thank Open Systems World for believing that Linux is real
enough to fit in there with such things as the SCO Interoperability
Conference, Solaris Developers Conference, Windows NT Developers
Conference and World Wide Web/Mosaic Conference.

Even if you don't attend the Linux Conference, come see us and other
Linux vendors at the exposition.

Exposition: Nov 30 - Dec 1, 1994
Linux Conference: Dec 1 - Dec 2, 1994

Location: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

More Info: 301-953-9600
WWW URL: hhtp://

        Open Systems World -- Linux Conference Details

Day 1: Linux Conference

Opening Presentation: Where Did Linux Come From and Where Is It Going?

  This introduction, by Linux Journal Publisher Phil Hughes and Linux
  Journal editor Michael J. Johnson, will help initiate people to Linux
  and set the groundwork for subsequent tutorials and panel discussions.
   - a brief history of Linux
   - a snapshot: what Linux is today
   - the future: where Linux is going

Session: Linux and the Internet

  Linux was born on the Internet and developed over the Internet.
  Because of this, Linux comes with a complete set of networking tools.
  In this session we will look at what those tools are and how they
  can be used to turn Linux into an inexpensive solution to a networking
  problem. Specifics will include:
    - Networking tools included with Linux
    - Ethernet connections between Linux and other platforms
    - Connecting to the Internet via SLIP or PPP
    - High-speed alternatives: Frame Relay
    - Example: how to use a Linux system to connect an existing
      LAN to the Internet

Panel discussion: What Should The Relationship Be Between Linux Resellers
and The Linux Development Community?

  Today there are many vendors selling Linux on CD-ROM or floppy disk.
  The plus side is that they are making Linux available to everyone.
  But some feel they are just profiting from the work of the Linux
  developers. This panel, composed of developers and resellers will
  look into the issue.
  Confirmed Panel Members include:
    - Eric Youngdale
    - Donald Becker
    - Mark Horton

Session: Wine: Running MS-Windows Applications on Linux Platforms
by Bob Amstadt, head of the Wine project

  Application compatibility between operating systems has never been
  more important. Computer users may choose from a wide variety of
  operating systems. Wine allows users who choose Unix or Unix clones
  such as Linux to use Microsoft Windows applications. Windows
  applications are relatively inexpensive and readily available compared
  to those offered for Unix systems. Wine allows Unix users to make use 
  of the wealth of Windows applications that are available.

  The purpose of this discussion is to present the motivation, the
  goals and the accomplishments of the Wine project. Wine is rapidly
  approaching its first official release, and with the help of some
  soon-to-be received donations it will be possible to hire an intern
  to devote time to creating Wine. By December a general release of
  Wine is expected to be available.

  Recent talks and magazine articles have inspired great interest in
  Wine from many people. Wine is not just an Internet project anymore.
  Several CD-ROM distributions are beginning to track Wine, and even
  people without Internet access are beginning to ask for Wine.

Panel: The Commercial Future of Linux

  Two years ago Linux was a college student's project and a hacker's
  late night entertainment. Today it is a full-blown
  POSIX-compliant operating system offering capabilities equal to and in
  some cases beyone commercial alternatives. It is even expanding to
  platforms other than the Intel x86 processor line.

  Linux is here to stay as the hacker operating system. But it also can have
  a significant commercial future. This panel will look at the following
  aspects of Linux as a commercial product:
   - the OS as a commercial product as opposed to just free software on
     CD -- today many of the Linux vendors are offering little more
     than a snapshot of the current development but future Linux
     distributions will have significant added value
   - porting of current Unix applications to Linux -- is it practical
     from a development point of view and will it produce commercially
     viable products
   - Wine: running MS-Windows applications
   - Breaking the cost barrier: new applications made possible by
     Linux being free

  Confirmed Panel Members include:
    - Marc Ewing, Red Hat Software
    - Geremy Chatfield, X Inside

Mid-Day break
After this break the conference will break up into two tracks.

Afternoon: Track 1
Tutorial: Linux and NASA: Project Beowulf
by Donald Becker

  Donald Becker, famous for writing virtually all the Ethernet drivers for
  Linux is now the principle investigator on a new project at NASA called
  Beowulf. Don will be talking on this project whose mission is to develop a
  high-performance workstation based on a cluster of off-the-shelf
  processors running Linux and connected by parallel Ethernets.

Session: What Are The Legal Implications of Using and
Developing Tools and Applications on Linux?

  Linux is covered by the Free Software Foundation's General Public License,
  commonly called a copyleft. This is different from shareware or
  public domain software because it encourages, actually requires, the
  continued free distribution of the software.

  This concept has scared some vendors because they don't understand how to
  protect their own proprietary rights to their products. But, there is room
  for commercial products under the GPL. This session will explore the
  implications of the GPL and GPLL (General Public Library License)
  and show you:
   - what sorts of products can and cannot be resold under the the GNU
   - the difference between the GPL and the GPLL

Session: Linux and The X Windows System by Prezemek Klosowski

  X-windows offers a GUI that is available on many different platforms.
  This tutorial looks at X-windows on Linux as a development environment as
  well as a way to offer a GUI to end users.

Afternoon: Track 2

Tutorial: How to Convince Your Boss/Employer/Customer To Use Linux
Instead of Expensive Commercial Alternatives by Dr. Greg Wettstein

  Linux offers a multi-user, multi-tasking operating system at an extremely
  low cost. It is stable, reliable and supported. This tutorial addresses
  the realities of where Linux is the best system but it needs to be
  "sold" to management.
  This session will take the form of a question and answer session.
  We will offer the most common questions your boss will ask along with
  reasonable answers. At the end of this session you will have a chance to
  answer specific questions of your own.

Tutorial: Linux and iBCS2 Compatibility
by Eric Youngdale

  There are many existing applications that run under Unix on PC hardware.
  Most of these systems support a common object program format called iBCS2.
  With an appropriate compatibility library it is possible to run these
  applications under Linux. This session explores how the Linux iBCS2 library
  works and what iBCS2 means to users.

Panel discussion: Commercial Use of Linux

  Many companies are already using Linux as a solution to a problem.
  They span the market from a comic book store to a Cancer center.
  They include low-tech companies such as a mailhouse to high-tech
  computer equipment vendors like Gandalf. Representatives of various
  companies will tell you why they picked Linux and give you a chance
  to ask them about your needs. 

  Confirmed Panel Members include:
    - Russell Carter, Sandia Labs
    - Greg Wettstein, Roger Maris Cancer Center
    - Donald Becker, NASA

Thursday Evening

There will be Birds of a Feather sessions at the hotel. Current topics
  - Systems Administration
  - Internet Connectivity
  - Hackers -- fun with Linux

If there are other BOFs that you would find interesting, let us know.
We will keep updated information on our WWW server.

Friday: Linux for the Novice User (full-day tutorial)

Linux offers an opportunity for anyone with a Personal Computer to get a
Unix-like operating system up and running for virtually no cost. Whether your
interest is professional or personal, this all-day tutorial is designed to
tell you what Linux can do for you and how to make it do it.  Topics will
  - Linux capabilities - a look at what makes up a Linux distribution,
    what you might need and what it will do
  - Installation and Configuration - how to install Linux and configure it
    for your system and your needs
    - hardware requirements
    - choosing a distribution
    - the installation process
    - network configuration
    - dial-in access
    - uucp
  - Porting and running applications - how to port Unix software to
  - Writing new applications for Linux - considerations in writing
    code that will be portable and yet take advantage of the capabilities
    of Linux
  - The X-Windows System
    - Configuring X
    - Getting applications running on Linux under X

This course will be presented by a host of Linux experts including Michael
K. Johnson, Bob Amstadt, Eric Youngdale, Mark Horton, David Wexelblat and


Exhibit attendance is free.  The cost of the Linux Conference (Thursday)
is $98.  For both days (Conference and Tutorial) the cost is $195

For more information or to register call 301-953-9600.

If you are interested in being on one of the panels (we are looking for
more participants for all three panels), e-mail or call
(206) 527-3385.

Finally, if you want more info on Linux Journal, the Monthly Magazine of
the Linux Community, e-mail or call (206) 527-3385.
Phil Hughes, SSC, Inc. P.O. Box 55549, Seattle, WA 98155  (206)FOR-UNIX
>>> Publishers of pocket references for UNIX, C, ..., Linux Journal <<<
    E-mail:  Phone: (206)527-3385  Fax: (206)527-2806

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