Fueling the Future

Fueling the Future

Article from Issue 158/2014

LinuxCon Europe – one of the best GNU/Linux events of 2013.

The European leg of LinuxCon [1] took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, October 21-23, 2013. On offer was probably one of the best GNU/Linux international events of 2013. The keynote speeches and presentations were certainly some of the best that I have seen in the 13 years that I've been traveling around the international conference circuit. What follows is just a short report. For more information, check out the various YouTube videos [2], the pictures associated with Twitter under the hashtag #linuxcon, and Facebook.

Keynote Speeches

On Monday morning, the proceedings were slowed by a 30-minute delay, but the speakers and attendees quickly made up for this with the usual show of speed and adaptability for which GNU/Linux developers are known. The opening speech given by Jim Zemlin was a rousing call to arms for the informed and present GNU/Linux supporters. Zemlin gave a factual telling of how Linux now runs on most mobile devices out there and runs the Internet. The International Space Station runs GNU/Linux, and even the US Navy's newest warship, USS Zumwalt, is powered by GNU/Linux [3]. Everything is penguinized. We won! The audience gave a loud round of applause at the end of his speech. After Jim managed to pull himself out of the baying crowd, he introduced Mark Hinkle, who is Director of Community for Citrix. His talk, which was called "We Won. What's Next?" also went down well with the audience.


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