Call of Papers enters final phase

06.02.2009 08:00
Wolfgang Wagner

Contributors have until 8 February to submit their entries for the programme of papers – 15th International LinuxTag from 24 to 27 June in Berlin

Berlin, 6 February 2009 – The deadline for the call for papers at LinuxTag, Europe’s leading meeting place for open source applications and free software, ends next Saturday at 23:59 UTC. All Linux experts, project members and developers must submit their entries to by this date.

Nils Magnus, supervising the programme of papers. "The large number of entries has taken us by surprise.  Normally the majority do not arrive until the deadline date. This time nearly a hundred entries came in very early.” In recent years numbers were so high that the organisers were only able to consider about one-third of the submissions.

Some trends are already becoming clear. Some high-ranking speakers will be attending the Virtualisation track. Programme supervisor Magnus: “We are discovering that this developer-inspired technology has now arrived in the world of day-to-day admin.“ LinuxTag e. V. has received some outstanding entries for the Kernel track. “This shows that developers have accepted this event as an important opportunity to disseminate their work.”

Next week several session teams of experts on the respective specialist subjects will begin work and will be sifting the entries. They will put together one-day tracks focusing on a single topic. The lecture series at it stands will dwell on Open Office, KDE, a number of distributions and security.

LinuxTag has decided on three main topics for the 2009 conference programme. The programme committee is looking for entries focusing particularly on

  • Mobility

Small devices are giving Linux a new impetus. How are netbooks and modern mobile phones impacting on the image of the operating system? What are developers currently working on?

  • Processes

Free software assists corporate processes which are ever-increasingly complex. How can it ensure scalability, flexibility and security?

  • Responsibility

Many IT users are concerned about the impact of information technology. What defines cost and energy-efficient computer operations as well as the social and economic aspects of free software?

The organisers are also looking for entries dealing with the following: hardware, software and development, examples of applications and case studies, collaboration among several projects and initiatives, cool new innovations and experiments (CNIE), as well as free software in science and administration. The Business & Public Authorities Conference at LinuxTag 2009 will also be dwelling on these subjects.

Information on the Call for Papers

Information for speakers and on the submission procedure is available at and at the Virtual Conference Center (vCC): To contact the programme committee send an e-mail to To get in touch with the free projects write to: or the office for exhibitors at

About LinuxTag

LinuxTag is Europe’s leading event for Linux and free software, and a joint platform for open source projects in German-speaking countries, in Europe and overseas. This four-day event brings together producers, supporters, software products and communities. From 28 to 31 May last year, 11,612 visitors from 31 countries visited LinuxTag 2008 in Berlin. In addition to a programme of papers comprising well over 200 topics, as well as its own Business & Public Authorities Conference, LinuxTag traditionally also hosts an exhibition, last year with more than 200 companies and projects with interests in open source applications. LinuxTag differs from other trade fairs in that it cooperates closely with the community and exhibitors. The association LinuxTag e.V. is the non-commercial sponsor of the event and co-organises it with Messe Berlin GmbH. Information on LinuxTag is available at the website

About LinuxTag e.V.

According to Section 1 of its statutes, the purpose of the association is to promote greater awareness of Linux and open source applications among the public and society as a whole. One way of achieving this goal is LinuxTag, the brainchild in 1995 of students at the University of Kaiserslautern. They founded the association in 1999. By continuously developing the format over a period of 13 years the organisers have acquired considerable expertise and a high degree of credibility with visitors, speakers and exhibitors. The association is based in Kaiserslautern, has offices in Essen and is represented in several German cities where it maintains contacts.

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