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FreedomHEC 2008




(This is a wiki. See the bottom of the page for info on how to edit. If you're just adding yourself as a participant, please edit the Who's Who page)


Who: Hardware engineers, driver developers, you. Please add yourself to our Who's Who page


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


Where: Edmunds.com

1620 26th St, Suite 400S

Santa Monica, CA 90404




When: November 8-9, 2008


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


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 the conference where hardware vendors looking for a cost-effective Linux driver strategy can meet Linux driver experts.


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.



2006 event home page

2007 event home page



Questions and Topics


Talks for November 8 -- with speaker and time


9:00AMCoffee(none)Hot beverages for all, plus muffins, bagels and other members of the bread group
10:00AMOnline driver updatesJon Masters (Red Hat)An update on the community work towards automated online driver updates, and discussion of the progress of the Linux Foundation Driver Backports Workgroup


Talks for November 9 -- with speaker and time

9:00AMCoffee(none)Hot beverages for all, plus muffins, bagels and other members of the bread group



FreedomHEC Sponsors


Sponsor links and more info.


About the schedule


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 up 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.



Proposed talks: if you're ready to give one of these please move it to the schedule above.


Talks we could use but don't have


Power management: What infrastructure is available in the kernel for using devices' power management capabilities, and examples of how to make a driver power-management-friendly.


Please add suggested topics here.




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 port existing driver 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.


FreedomHEC in the News



  • FreedomHEC participant Greg K-H has assembled the Linux Device Driver Kit based on the latest stable kernel. All FreedomHEC 2006 participants who requested them have received Linux DDK CDs.






  • [http://www.ebooknetworking.com/understanding-linux-kernel-p-44456.html] Understanding the Linux Kernel






To add a talk or otherwise edit this wiki page, please use the wiki password/invite key, which is: freedom


Media, potential sponsors, questions: please mail Don Marti at dmarti@zgp.org or call +1 510-814-0932 (office) or +1 415-734-7913 (mobile)


To register for the 2008 event, please add yourself to our Who's Who page.

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