Issue #5 March 2005

Red Hat Summit: Learn, network, experience open source

After June 1, New Orleans will never be the same. The first-annual Red Hat Summit is being held at Hilton New Orleans Riverside June 1-3, 2005. Imagine business executives, IT managers, system administrators, open source developers, and Linux advocates all packed into a luxury hotel to discuss the future of open source and Linux. While everyone else in the Big Easy is throwing back beignets and cafe au lait in the late morning, mud bugs and Dixie beer late at night, the true open source supporters will be having heated discussions about I/O performance, SELinux policies, intellectual property and patents in open source, Fedora CVS access, and system performance tuning.

If that doesn't convince you to register, here are a few more reasons.

To meet others like you

There is no better place to meet others dedicated to spreading open source and Linux than at the Summit. Meet the developers behind all the software. Talk to other system administrators who share your love of security. Learn about the latest technologies from industry experts. Have dinner with fellow executives. Plan the future of the desktop with the desktop developers and users. The choice is yours.

To learn

Sessions will include hands-on and technical sessions on topics such as OS technologies, tools development, virtualization, security, systems management, and the future of the desktop.

Sessions will be organized into seven core interest areas:

  • Operating System Technologies
  • The Future of Desktop
  • Application Development
  • Clustering and Virtualization
  • Security and Identity Management
  • Systems Management
  • Business Perspectives on Open Source

A small sample of the sessions planned for the Summit:

  • The Future of Linux Architecture
    Brian Stevens, VP Operating Systems Development and Havoc Pennington, Red Hat Desktop Team Lead
    New technologies and methodologies are in the works for deploying Linux in the enterprise. Areas under exploration include stateless Linux, directory services, virtualization, and more. Many of these technologies are evolving in the context of the Fedora Project. This presentation will give an overview of business infrastructure problems that need to be solved and what future open source architecture components can do to solve them.
  • An Inside Look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux Development
    This presentation provides a "behind the curtains" perspective on the construction of Enterprise Linux 4. It will overview how we identify the product requirements for new feature sets. Next we will describe how release development is coordinated among Red Hat's worldwide team of developers. Finally we show how testing is performed to harness the capabilities of both internal and external test contributors.
  • Desktop Administration: A Hands-On Session
    This session will involve new technologies you may not have encountered in the context of the Linux server. Session attendees will learn about remote desktop sharing and thin client setups; configuring the default desktop including panel, menus, and major applications; and setting up connectivity to Exchange and Active Directory.
  • What Linux can be... A Fedora Overview
    The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products. This presentation will cover what the Fedora project is and what has been accomplished thus far, as well as current developments in the world of Fedora.
  • Customer Perspectives: A Panel Discussion
    Hosted by Gary Beach, Publisher of CIO Magazine
    Linux has found its place in the key infrastructure of media companies, leading financial firms, government and more. Hear how customers made the decision to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux and how Linux has made an impact on how organizations use and deploy technology.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Informal discussions will be led by industry experts in the areas of:

  • The Linux Desktop
  • Virtualization
  • Open Source Architecture
  • Identity Management
  • Security
  • Intellectual Property
    ...and more

To get a great deal

In today's economy, most businesses are watching every dime. Big budgets for career development are a thing of the past. That's why the cost for the full Summit experience—lodging, meals, and all the sessions you can attend—is $999. No specials, no deals, no tiered pricing—just the lowest possible price we could get the finance department to approve.

To take it easy

When all the sessions are over for the day, don't forget where you will be—The Big Easy. Greg says it all in his article Bringing the Heat to the Big Easy. 'Nuff said.