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FreedomHEC is free of charge to all who register here on the Wiki. To register, just edit this page and add yourself to the "Who's Who at FreedomHEC" section below. Please feel free to add your top device driver questions to the Wiki, too. See you in Seattle.


FreedomHEC is also open and free of charge to all WinHEC attendees. As long as there's space, nobody will be turned away, but please sign up here on the Wiki so that we can get an accurate count and plan food and beverages. We will be serving breakfast and lunch.


Yes, please add your name and contact info if you are just planning to attend and learn. We'd be happy to get questions and suggested topic from you on this Wiki, too.


What's new at FreedomHEC


See "Calendar" below for schedule info.


We have a venue, in lovely downtown Seattle, convenient to public transportation and lodging. Thanks to Pogo Linux Inc., our hosting sponsor.



About FreedomHEC


Coming to Seattle in May for that other hardware conference? On your way out, stay for the hardware unconference where you'll learn how easy it is to make your hardware compatible with free, open source operating systems such as Linux, and available to new markets such as servers, next-generation entertainment devices, and more.


Get answers on everything from kernel data structures to the fine points of licensing. Discover how participating in the Linux process is fast and simple, how the development process works, and where to get started.


To attend, edit this wiki and add your name. (The wiki password is: freedom)


Who: Hardware engineers and driver developers


What: High-intensity learning, networking and taking-back-the-PC-industry unconference


Where: 701 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA  98104


When: May 26-27, 2006, starting at 9am on the 26th.


Why: Take control of your own destiny and make your hardware valuable to the growing Linux market.




We'll plan to open up on the 26th for coffee, Continental breakfast, and meet-and-greet at 9am, then do a conference introduction and put the schedule on the whiteboard at 9:30, then get started with the first session at 10am. On the 27th, we'll get started around the same time.


Remember, it's an "unconference", so the final schedule is up to you and the other participants. Bring your questions and suggested topics.


What you can expect to get out of FreedomHEC


  • Understand the Linux kernel development process and learn how it differs from the "traditional" operating system driver development process.
  • Learn how to become part of the Linux kernel development community.
  • Learn how to port any existing code to the Linux kernel
  • Learn various technical bits about different parts of the Linux kernel (SCSI layer? Driver core? sysfs? USB? PCI? Network driver layer? Anything else anyone wants to learn about?)
  • learn how to properly submit code and get it accepted into the main kernel tree.
  • learn how an individual company can directly influence the development of the areas surrounding their product. For example, they can add new features to the SCSI core if they need them, and they don't have to rely on any other company to do the work for them, as long as they work with the community.
  • Realize that Linux kernel developers are easy to approach, and work directly with, no management levels are present to slow things down.

And of course:

  • a fun time.




Who's Who at FreedomHEC


(please add yourself! See below for wiki info.)


Greg Kroah-Hartman -- device driver educator


Greg K-H is the maintainer for numerous Linux kernel driver subsystems including the driver core, sysfs, kobject, kref, and debugfs code. He also helped start the linux-hotplug and udev projects, and is one half of the kernel stable maintainer team. He works for SuSE Labs / Novell and does various kernel related things for them. Greg is co-author of the book \"Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition\" and a contributing editor for Linux Journal.



Don Marti -- power strip untangler and manager of miscellaneous


Don Marti has been an organizer of events including Burn All GIFs Day and the "Free Dmitry" movement. As a boy, he ran away from home and joined the trade show.


Contact Don at: dmarti@zgp.org or 510-332-1587


Leann Ogasawara -- Leann is a member of the Test and Performance group at OSDL. She is currently involved in their Open Drivers and Open Test Framework projects.


Jim Pick -- http://jimpick.com/


Randy Dunlap -- www.xenotime.net/linux/ past USB and kernel-janitors maintainer. Ready to discuss Linux social engineering skills.


Steve Jackson -- Designer of artistic things that now wishes to control them via computer. steve@jacksondesignstudio.com


Jon Masters -- www.jonmasters.org/ Just another random hacker. Still debating whether to fly over from the UK for this event.


Shawn Bohrer -- http://www.ni.com/linux


James Bottomley -- SCSI Subsystem Maintainer, PA-RISC hacker and weird SMP architectures coder.


Jens Axboe -- Block Subsystem designer and maintainer


Eric Moore -- mpt fusion driver maintainer


Keith Curtis -- Getting into Linux hacking


James Smart -- Contributor to Linux Fibre Channel support including support for Emulex Fibre Channel HBAs


Jamey Sharp -- Author of XCB and willing to talk about X.org device drivers


Andrew Patterson -- IA-64 Linux storage I/O


David C Somayajulu -- Linux Drivers Qlogic Corporation


Sarah Bailey -- Portland State Aerospace Society contributer. PSAS uses Debian Linux on the rocket flight computer, and our next generation rocket might use a USB communications bus.


Steve R. Hastings -- software guy who sometimes writes articles. steve@hastings.org


Robertino Benis -- multi-platform software developer and consultant (email: tino@airyz.net). Software for mobile and wireless consumer devices Airyz Consulting


Pandu Rao -- Linux enthusiast (email: pandu_rao at yahoo d.t c.m)


Ken Brush -- Casual Linux Developer


    • Mark Haverkamp -- Member of the test and performance group at OSDL. Currently working testing linux storage drivers in conjunction with OSDL's Open Drivers and Open Test Framework projects.


Hank Janssen -- Linux Researcher


Mark Miller -- Open Source trainer and former head of the LPI Level 1 certification.


Meryle Swartz -- programmer at DataDirect Networks with a big SCSI project coming up. Very interested in learning more about low level scsi, fibre channel m@meryle.com


Pixel -- Interested in USB and really into mocha.


Peter N. Glaskowsky -- Analyst, consultant, system architect


Paul Danset -- LAMP developer insterested in embedded Linux.


(Please add yourself to the list above. Include an email address if you would like us to contact you with any updates before FreedomHEC.)


Top questions


If I create a file in /sys, what should I call it?


What is the current state of Linux USB device drivers? Could someone give a tutioral or demo on how to create a Linux USB driver for a new device?


Proposed Talks


Write a real working Linux driver


Introduction to the Linux kernel development process


Linux Kernel social engineering


Why Linux can help Make Windows Sales (and Vice Versa)


sysfs 101, where everything is, and what it is for


Tuning a Linux kernel for various embedded hardware


Cross-platform kernel and device driver development (x86 -> ARM)**


Thanks to our Sponsors


Pogo Linux


Pogo Linux Inc., makers of the new Verona 220 dual-core workstation, will be sponsoring our conference facility in downtown Seattle.


No Starch Press


No Starch Press is publisher of the new Write Great Code by Randall Hyde.




LWN provides comprehensive coverage of development, legal, commercial, and security issues for the free software community.




The USENIX Association is helping to promote the conference to their 6000+ membership of advanced computing systems researchers, developers, and users, and beyond.


Linux Journal


Linux Journal is the monthly magazine of the Linux community.




SpikeSource provides business-ready open source infrastructure, with interoperability testing of complete applications and infrastructure stacks in a production environment.


FreedomHEC in the News








Media, potential sponsors, questions: please mail Don Marti at dmarti@zgp.org or call +1 510-332-1587.



To register to attend, just add your name and contact info to this page.


To contribute to this wiki, you'll need the password, which is: freedom


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