[Desktop_printing] [Fwd: Need Your Help in Planning an Open Drivers Conference]

John Cherry cherry at osdl.org
Thu Jun 22 15:35:02 PDT 2006

Sorry for top posting.

Anybody planning to attend OSCON this year in Portland (July 24-28)? 

The Open Drivers Conference (going on in parallel with OSCON) would
benefit from a description of the "Linux printing" style of printer
driver development and deployment of those drivers.  Basically, it is
the linuxprinting.org style of development/deployment.  This differs
drastically from kernel drivers (storage, network adapters, fibre
channel adapters, etc.).  The kernel guys are going to be describing the
kernel driver development process.  It would be great to include the
user level driver process as well.

This is a great opportunity for fame and glory!  Let me know if you are
interested.  The topic would be of most interest if it were presented by
one of the printer vendors.

As a bonus, you would get to visit Portland in July which is a beautiful
time in the pacific northwest.

John Cherry

On Thu, 2006-06-08 at 15:44 -0700, John Cherry wrote:
> In the OSCON timeframe (July 24-28), OSDL will be conducting an open
> drivers conference at OSDL for open drivers.  While the general focus of
> the conference is to address program managers and line managers of
> software developers with the legal, business, and management principles
> around open source kernel drivers, many of the principles apply to open
> source user level drivers as well.
> One area that may be of particular interest is the linuxprinting.org
> model of driver development.  That is, a central driver repository with
> many hardware vendors providing drivers and many Linux distributions
> drawing from the repository.
> If there is any interest in attending or presenting at this conference,
> let me know and I will put you in touch with the conference organizer.
> If there are program managers or first line managers of software
> developers in your company that would benefit from understanding the
> legal, business and management aspects of open source driver
> development, they should contact Craig Thomas (craiger at osdl.org) so that
> we can get them on the invitation list.
> Cheers,
> John
> email message attachment, "Forwarded message - Need Your Help in
> Planning an Open Drivers Conference"
> > -------- Forwarded Message --------
> > From: Craig Thomas <craiger at osdl.org>
> > Reply-To: craiger at osdl.org
> > To: cherry at osdl.org
> > Subject: Need Your Help in Planning an Open Drivers Conference
> > Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2006 15:22:55 -0700
> > 
> > John,
> > 
> > As part of the request from the Linux kernel community, OSDL is trying
> > to set up an open driver mini conference to educate companies on how 
> > to open source their various drivers for Linux.  While some of the 
> > kernel developers are focusing directly on the development engineers and
> > providing training seminars about writing good code that will be
> > accepted by the kernel community, OSDL is planning to make its training
> > to other members of a development team.
> > 
> > Our first effort will be to sponsor a conference around the week of July
> > 23rd of this year (the week of OSCON).  The audience will be targeted
> > toward program managers and line managers of software developers that
> > are coding drivers for open source, and in particular, the Linux
> > kernel.
> > 
> > The agenda is tentative, but it looks something like this:
> > 
> > (1) Legal issues with opening a driver 
> >      + protecting IP
> >      + GPL and other license issues PM's need to understand
> >      + information they need to know when talking with ther
> >        own legal departments
> > (2) Open Source Software Driver business case
> >      + why it makes sense to open source a driver
> >      + it's the hardware, not driver code that is value add
> > (3) Program Management Principles for Open Source
> >      + describe Linux kernel development process
> >      + product life cycles in OSS (manage as continuous process)
> >      + Risk detection, assessment, and mitigation for products
> > (4) Get a developers perspective of working with the Kernel
> >     community (managers need to know what developers are up against
> >     and how they can help make their project run smoother)
> > (5) Case studies of companies that have opened their source
> >      + obstacles encountered and ways they solved them
> >      + different methods of opening their driver (i.e., not all
> >        successes are with the kernel community)
> > (6) Firing Squat (Q & A from the audience)
> >      + all presenters line up against the wall and the audience
> >        fires questions at them 
> >      + like an all-inclusive panel discussion.
> > 
> > I was wondering two things:
> > 
> > A] if you could help identify potential presenters in any of these
> >    categories.  We have a few people in mind, but it would be great to 
> >    have as wide diversity as possible.  I was thinking about you 
> >    providing help with lining up potential speakers in the area of
> >    printer drivers, or anything else you feel would be worthy.
> > 
> > B] Do you have a list of potential attendees?  There must be some 
> >    people that the desktop architects need to deal with or struggle
> >    using their drivers because they just aren't there yet on the 
> >    Linux side.
> > 
> > Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.  I'm trying 
> > to get confirmed presenters by the 15th of the this month, so I'm
> > starting the scramble now.
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> > Craig Thomas
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