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What's new at FreedomHEC


FreedomHEC participant Greg K-H has assembled the Linux Device Driver Kit based on the latest stable kernel. Linux DDK CDs will be mailed soon to all FreedomHEC participants who signed up for them at the event.


Report From FreedomHEC by Steve Hastings is up on NewsForge.


FreedomHEC Unconference Fosters Linux Device Support by Jacqueline Emigh is up on LinuxPlanet.


About FreedomHEC


2006 event home page


FreedomHEC is 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.


FreedomHEC is held immediately before or after Microsoft's WinHEC, so that our attendees can schedule one trip.


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.


FreedomHEC 2007 dates coming soon.



Who: Hardware engineers and driver developers


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


Where: Seattle, Washington USA


When: Dates coming soon.


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




We'll plan to open up 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 following day, we'll get started around the same time. Please plan to join us for a semi-organized group dinner after the unconference the first day.


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.


Thanks to our Sponsors


Pogo Linux


Pogo Linux Inc., makers of the new Verona 220 dual-core workstation, hosted our conference facility for the 2006 event 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.




SourceLabs provides Enterprise Support and Maintenance Subscriptions that reduce operational risk and allow organizations to deploy Open Source software with confidence.




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.


Registration for 2007 will open up when dates are set.


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

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