CLIQ 2000
Saturday, April 1st, 2000
Denver Marriott Tech Center
8AM - 6PM

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March 6th, 2000:   All speakers are now confirmed! 

There will be 7 scheduled talks at CLIQ, each lasting approximately one hour, plus a morning keynote.  There are several rooms that we'll be using for the talks, ranging in seating area from 80 people to 600 people. 


The schedule has been changed slightly, stretching to 6pm instead of 5pm, to allow for a 1 hour lunch period.  We really squished all these talks together, leaving little time for bathroom breaks.  Our apologies - hey, its our first time!

Keynote:  9:00AM - 9:50AM

Linux Around The World - John "maddog" Hall
Evergreen A,B,C
T1:  10AM - 11:00AM
How Open Source Can Help Education - Harry McGregor and Justin Zeigler
Larkspur Room
T2:  11:00AM - 12:00PM
Why SGI is Focusing on Linux - Kevin Gorey
Evergreen A,B
T3:  12:00PM - 1:00PM
The PHP Scripting Language - Rasmus Lerdorf
Evergreen C
Lunch Break:  1:00PM - 2:00PM

T4:  2:00PM - 3:00PM

Free Software, Beer, and Games - Scott Draeker
Evergreen A,B
T5:  3:00PM - 4:00PM
Scaling Linux to the Enterprise - Larry McVoy
Evergreen C
T6:  4:00PM - 5:00PM
Linux in Embedded Systems - Jim Ready
Evergreen A,B
T7:  5:00PM - 6:00PM
Linux Business Landscape - Dave Whitinger
Evergreen C

Morning Keynote:

Jon "maddog" Hall
VA Linux Systems and Executive Director of Linux International 
"Linux Around the World" - a look at Linux in countries all around the world, from embedded and end user systems to supercomputers, for medical research, education, business and more.
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International, the non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the word about Linux to both business and personal computer users.  Maddog has been working in the Unix marketplace for 17 years, ranging from a software developer to a marketing director to a professional educator. 

At this time, the order for the rest of the speakers has not been finalized, but we wanted to let you know some of the great speakers we have lined up for this event.  Bios and talk summaries are provided where that information is available.

Other speakers:

Dave Whitinger
Linsight (
"The past, present, and future of the Linux community" - The Linux landscape has changed dramatically over the past 5 years.  Dave Whitinger takes us down memory lane as he reviews the history of the companies and organizations who make up our community, describes the major events that led up to the current landscape, and speculates on what the future may hold for the community.

The talk is geared toward discussing the business aspects of the Linux community. Free software advocates will enjoy seeing a business perspective from a member of their own group.

Dave Whitinger, an Ex-Red Hatter, is one of the two original founders of LinuxToday, one of the oldest and most well respected Linux news sites.  In the wake of his recent success with LinuxToday, Dave has moved on to a new venture - LinSight - under the helpful guide of Atipa Linux Solutions, where he works as the liason to the Linux community.  Always an energetic speaker, Dave will bring his insight into the business of Linux - the IPO/merger environment, its future and impact on Linux development.

Scott Draeker
Founder and President
Loki Software

"Free Software, Beer and Games" - The best candidates for free software are commodity-type applications such as email readers, word processors -- and yes, the operating system. These types of applications are reaching a feature-saturation point. There's very little original work left to be done. On the other hand, speed and reliability in these applications is very important, perfect for the open source model. Other types of software, however, are driven more by the content they contain than the code they use. Examples include tax preparation software, encyclopedias and games. Games will continue to come primarily from commercial developers, while at the same time driving hardware support and the bleeding edge of development tools and multimedia libraries.
Scott S. Draeker is the founder and President of Loki Software. Linux Magazine listed Scott in the December 1999 volume as one of the top 50 persons to watch in the Linux community. Prior to founding Loki, Scott was an attorney in the Business & Technology Department of the San Francisco based law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where he specialized in software licensing. Prior to that, Scott worked in the computer industry as a technical specialist for Apple Computer, Stanford University and LSI Logic. Scott received his B.A. in German Language from San Jose State University in 1992 and his J.D. from Boston University in 1996.

Jim Ready
CEO, MontaVista Systems (

"Linux in Embedded Systems" - "Linux" was the catchword of the last year. All signs point to Linux continuing as both a hot financial and technological prospect into the new millennium. Putting IPO fever aside, there are strong technical and business reasons to consider using Linux for your next embedded development project. There are measurable engineering advantages, like broad hardware support, scalability, excellent performance, high reliability, and open APIs. There are enticing business reasons to employ Linux - no run-time royalties, free or low-cost available software components, and freely available source code. And, there are less intangible reasons to put Linux into your next Internetappliance, control system, or communications switch - engineers like Linux and want to put Linux experience on their resumes, easing today's hiring crunch, and so do marketers, who are eager to package products with "Linux Inside".

This talk covers these and other reasons for building your next embedded application with Linux, and provides a glimpse of what to expect from embedded Linux in the coming year.

Jim Ready is a recognised authority in the embedded systems and real-time software software industry, with over 25 years technical and entrepenurial experience. Co-founder of Ready Systems, he pioneered the development of the first viable commercial RTOS product, the VRTX real-time kernel. Ready Systems, founded in 1980, merged with Microtec Research in 1993, went public in 1994, and was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1995. During this period Jim served as Ready Systems' President, and as CTO at Microtec/Mentor. Jim founded MontaVista in 1999 to bring the Linux operating system to embedded systems market, and indeed to bring MontaVista embedded expertise to the open source Linux community.

Kevin Gorey
Director of Marketing, Linux Software 

"Why SGI is Focusing on Linux" - will take a look at why SGI is committing so heavily to the Linux platform.
Kevin Gorey is the Director of Software Product Marketing for Silicon Graphics. As such he is responsible for business management of Linux and IRIX software on Silicon Graphics computer systems. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Mr. Gorey was General Manager of UniSoft, GmbH, a vendor of UNIX system, tools and networking products, based in Munich, Germany. Mr. Gorey holds a degree in Physics from the University of Illinois as well as an MBA and Juris Doctor from University of California at Berkeley.

Rasmus Lerdorf
Original author of PHP (

"The PHP Scripting Language" - An introduction to PHP by the original developer of the language. PHP is a server-side HTML-embedded scripting language which has become very popular over the past couple of years.  This talk will explain where PHP came from, the basic language features, and the advanced features introduced in PHP version 4.
Rasmus Lerdorf has been designing large-scale UNIX-based solutions since 1989.  In the Open Source community, he is known mostly as the creator of the PHP scripting language.  He is also a member of the Apache-core team and has contributed to a number of Apache-related projects.  Prior to joining Linuxcare, Rasmus was at IBM in Raleigh and before that Bell Global Solutions in Toronto.

Larry McVoy
Kernel hacker
BitMover, Inc. (

"Scaling Linux to the Enterprise (SMP Clusters)" - This talk is about big iron (marketing translation: Linux in the enterprise).  Linux is currently doing very well on small machines (up to about 4 processors), but is not designed to handle 100s or 1000s of processors.  This talk is about how to get Linux to scale up to large numbers of processors (easily into the 1000+ range) without doing harm to Linux when it is running on single processor systems.  The premise of this talk is that taking a single OS image and asking it to work on 1-1000 processors is inherently a damaging idea to the OS.

Without giving away the whole talk, the general idea is to use some ideas from SMP OS, clustering OS, and RTLinux, shake well, and produce something which modifies the generic part of Linux only slightly (in the process model) and introduces an SMP-like system which scales.

The general consensus amongst system architects who have seen our design is that (a) it is quite likely to work, and (b) it will take about 10-20 man years to do what it took Sun well over 200 man years to do, i.e., scale up make and Oracle to ~100 processors.

Larry McVoy works on computer systems.  His background is varied, having chosen to keep moving rather than specialize in one area.  He has done work in networking (SCO TCP/IP), file systems (SunOS/UFS, IRIX/BDS), virtual memory (SunOS & IRIX), clustering, networking hardware (100Mbit ethernet, VLANs), system performance (LMbench), and source management (Teamware, BitKeeper).  Larry is a long time supporter of the idea of open software in general and Linux in particular.  Most of his work in the Linux space has been in the area of architecture with some more tangible efforts in the benchmarking area (some of LMbench's micro benchmarks are a direct result of many conversations with Linus about performance).

Larry is currently working on BitKeeper, a distributed source management system.  The goal of this system is to provide an infrastructure that helps software engineers get their job, and in particular, helps critical personnel (translation: Linus) increase their ability to manage or direct a large development effort.  Once BitKeeper is off and running, Larry intends to get back to systems work, specifically clustering.

Harry McGregor and Justin Ziegler
Linux/Open Source in Education
How Open Source Can Help Education

Harry McGregor will be illustrating why open source is better than proprietary software for K-12 student computer labs.  Justin Zeigler will describe techniques for making Linux more accessible to children and young adults. Drawing from their experiences in planning and implementing two Linux Labs in Tucson, Arizona schools, they will present what they feel needs to be done to make Linux the best solution for student desktops.
Harry McGregor is a network and hardware consultant, specializing in installing and troubleshooting networks for colleges, high schools and primary schools.  Justin Zeigler has designed databases for medical research.  Together they are establishing a non-profit organization that will develop, research and implement open source software, hardware, technology and curriculums for K-12 schools.


The following companies have agreed to sponsor travel for our speakers.  They have our sincere thanks and appreciation for their support of this non-profit event:  We also have invitations out to a number of other very special and well known speakers and will post those as soon as confirmations are received.

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