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Linux Expo 1999 - Call for papers

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Linux Expo 1999 Call for Papers

May 18 - 22, 1999
Raleigh, North Carolina


  • Extended abstracts and/or full papers due: December 1, 1998
  • Notification to authors: January 15, 1999
  • Full papers due for final review: February 15, 1999
  • Camera-ready full papers due: March 1, 1999


Marc Ewing, Red Hat Advanced Laboratories
Richard Henderson, Cygnus Solutions
Dirk Hohndel, S.u.S.E. GmbH
Larry McVoy, BitMover (Chair)
Carl Staelin, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Theodore Ts'o, MIT
Stephen Tweedie, Red Hat Software
Victor Yodaiken, New Mexico Institute of Technology


For the time being, find this notice at http://www.bitmover.com/linuxexpo
We'll move it to linuxexpo.org soon.


The goal of the technical track of Linux Expo is to bring together engineers and researchers doing innovative work associated with Linux. This will be a 4 day conference:

      Tuesday 18th    Pre-registration for tutorial attendees  6-9pm

      Wednesday 19th  Tutorials and conference registration 9-6pm
                      Welcome Reception 6-7pm (outdoors in mall weather
                      Exhibitor set-up 3-9pm

      Thursday 20th   Conference 9-5pm (registrations from 8am)
                      Exhibits   10.30am-5pm
                      Free night

      Friday 21st     Conference (as Thursday)
                      Exhibits        ditto
                      Reception in exhibit hall area 5-6.30pm

      Saturday 22nd   Conference 10am-4pm
                      Exhibits   10am-2pm

May 19th, 1999

Tutorials for both technical staff and managers will provide immediately useful, practical information on topics such as programming, system administration, and security. If you are interested in proposing a tutorial, contact the tutorial coordinator, Marc Ewing marc@redhat.com>.

May 20th-22nd, 1999

The explosion of interest in Linux as a viable alternative to both existing Unix systems and Microsoft operating systems has led to the development of new features as well as refinements of existing features.

We are interested in papers covering any area of Linux related software, but we encourage authors to submit papers in the areas of

  • Linux kernel enhancements, status, future plans
  • Databases on Linux
  • Linux clustering
  • High availability on Linux
  • Performance of Linux and/or applications on Linux
  • Innovations in user interface on Linux
  • Linux applications, both Open Source (tm) and commercial

Besides mature work, we encourage submissions describing exceptionally promising prototypes, or enlightening negative results.

Where appropriate, authors will be able to demonstrate their applications during their presentation using computers linked to the audio-visual system and the Internet. Also, space will be available to authors in the vendor display room to demonstrate their work outside of their presentation in a more relaxed and interactive environment.


Authors must submit an extended abstract (or a full paper, if available) by December 1, 1998. This should be 5-7 pages long or about 2500-3500 words, not counting references and figures. The full papers resulting from accepted abstracts will go through an editorial review cycle with a member of the program committee, and should end up about 8-10 pages long. Very similar papers must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

The object of an extended abstract is to convince the reviewers that a good paper and a 25-minute presentation will result. It is important to identify what has been accomplished, to explain why it is significant, and to compare with prior work in the field, demonstrating knowledge of the relevant literature. The extended abstract should represent the paper in "short form." It must include the abstract as it will appear in the final paper. The body of the extended abstract should be complete paragraphs, not just an outline of the paper. (Sections present in the full paper but omitted from the abstract may be summarized in terse form.) Authors should include full references, figures when available, and as is usually appropriate, performance data. Such data also help indicate the status of the implementation, often a crucial issue. The abstract will be judged on significance, originality, clarity, relevance, and correctness. (All submissions will be held in the highest confidence prior to publication. Papers accompanied by so called "non-disclosure agreement" forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread.)


In the interests of having a uniform look and feel, we are requesting that submissions be in "groff -mgs" source format. This will allow us to format all of the papers together, adding a table of contents, page numbers and headers to the proceedings.

Example papers demonstrating and explaining the format, how to do graphs, how to include postscript figures, etc., will be made available. If you've never heard of groff, fear not, both the program chair and the keynote speaker are old time roff hackers and will be available for assistance.

If you would like to receive detailed guidelines for submission and examples of extended abstracts, you may send email to: linuxexpo@bitmover.com.


The program committee will provide help to authors if needed. The committee has extensive experience in programming and in publishing, so if you have a good idea but don't know how to write it up, contact us.

For the formatting, an example paper with formatting instructions will be published on the web at http://www.bitmover.com/linuxexpo/


Please send one copy of an extended abstract to the program chair via email. All submissions will be acknowledged.


Linux Expo is adopting a policy of blind review to ensure fairness in the review process. Author names and affiliations will be removed from the papers. To facilitate this, email the groff source to papers only to

linuxpapers@bitmover.com .


Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not ready to be published? Work-in-progress reports are for you! Work-in-progress reports, scheduled during the technical sessions, introduce new or ongoing work. The Linux Expo audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To schedule your report, please contact the Works-in-progress coordinator Marc Ewing, marc@redhat.com.


Linux Expo will feature both vendor displays and demonstrations of technologies and systems presented in some of the refereed presentations. Authors will be able to demonstrate their work in a more relaxed and interactive environment. Vendors will demonstrate the technical innovations which distinguish their products, and attendees can "kick the tires" and play with the systems.

We invite you to take part in the Vendor Display.

Authors of papers interested in offering a demonstration, please contact:

Yvonne Hart
(919) 942-3318
Fax: (919) 933-9233


Materials containing all details of the technical and tutorial programs, registration fees and forms, and hotel information will be mailed as soon as possible. If you wish to receive the registration materials, please contact Linux Expo at:

Yvonne Hart
(919) 942-3318
Fax: (919) 933-9233

Thanks and see you at LinuxExpo '99!