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2012 LPC Call For Proposals

The Planning Committee for the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is pleased to announce a call for refereed-track proposals for the 2012 edition of LPC, which will be held August 29-31 in San Diego, CA, USA. Refereed-track presentations are about 45 minutes in length, and should focus on a specific aspect of the "plumbing" in the Linux system. The Linux system's plumbing includes kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, media creation/playback, and so on. Proposals are due at 11:59PM Pacific time on May 1, 2012.

The best presentations are not about finished work, but rather problems, proposals, or proof-of-concept solutions that require face-to-face discussions and debate among people from different areas of the Linux plumbing. Ideally, the best presentations are also working sessions that result in patches to various portions of Linux's plumbing that make the Linux world a better place for its developers and (most important) its users.

A proposal should be short: just a couple of paragraphs describing the topic, why it is important, and what parts of the plumbing it touches.

Proposals are due at 11:59PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012. Authors will be notified by Tuesday May 15th, 2012. We look forward to seeing your proposal, and to seeing you in San Diego!


We are using the Launchpad infrastructure this year, but it is still easy to submit a proposal. Go to this URL, which will take you to an account-creation page. However, if Launchpad doesn't know you, in which case please create a new Launchpad account so that it does know you. Once you have a Launchpad account, the above URL will take you to the "Register a new blueprint" page.
Once you get to the "Register a new blueprint" page:

  • In the "Project" field, enter "lpc".
  • In the "Name" field, put a short identifier for your talk. Please do -not- put your own name, as Launchpad already knows who you are.
    For refereed-track presentations:

    • In the "Name" field, enter a short name for your presentation starting with "lpc2012-ref-" for refereed-track presentations (for example, "lpc2012-ref-Grand-Unified-FOSS-Project").

    For microconference presentations:

    • In the "Name" field, enter the code shown on that microconference's wiki. For a few examples:

      • Containers microconference: “lpc2012-cont-”
      • Real-time microconference: “lpc2012-rt-”
      • Scaling microconference: “lpc2012-scale-”
      • Virtualization microconference: “lpc2012-virt-”

  • In the "Title" field, enter your proposal's one-line title.
  • The "Specification URL" field can be left blank, but feel free to enter a URL pointing to additional information.
  • In the "Summary" field, enter:

    1. Your abstract, which should be short (a couple of paragraphs), but should clearly describe the problem, the affected areas of the Linux plumbing, and the intended audience.
    2. A one-paragraph bio, describing your experience.

  • The "Assignee", "Drafter", and "Approver" fields may be left blank.
  • Please leave the "Definition Status" in the "New" state. (Changing this field can result in your submission being lost.)

Then click the "Register Blueprint" button to submit your proposal! You will automatically be recorded as the person submitting the proposal.
If you have any difficulty submitting your abstract, please email the details to contact@linuxplumbersconf.org.


Mar. 27th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Why Launchpad, given that the previous system worked really well?
Mar. 27th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Launchpad?
The previous system did work extremely well from my viewpoint, but like many homebrew systems, it did place quite a burden on its maintainers. With one thing and another, this burden could no longer be supported this year.

Launchpad might not be a perfect match, but it is reasonably close, has proven reliable, and is supported. Of course, if you have suggestions for next year, please don't keep them a secret. (There are any number of web-based conference-management systems, but there was not time to do a reasonable evaluation of them for this year's conference.)

I join you in thanking the maintainers of the homebrew system for their huge efforts over the past several years. As you say, it was a very nice tool, and I suspect that you and I will not be the only ones missing it a bit.
Grant Likely
Apr. 27th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Launchpad?
And by popular demand, we're now also accepting submissions via email: