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Press Release: December 18, 2007

Ubuntu Live Conference Call for Proposals Open

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Dawn Applegate

(707) 827-7111

Ubuntu Live Conference: Taking it Further in 2008

Call for participation is now open

Sebastopol, CA, December 18, 2007--The second Ubuntu Live conference, co-presented by Canonical, Ltd and O'Reilly Media is slated to take place July 21-22, 2008 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. This two day event will gather IT professionals, government leaders, business executives, and community leaders to share their Ubuntu based computing experiences and knowledge.

Ubuntu is a complete Debian-based Linux operating system, developed and supported by a large community committed to the principles and spirit of open source and free software. Ubuntu Live is the official, trusted event for the community, welcoming all the different segments within the ecosystem--experts, long-time users, established companies, and newcomers alike in a passionate, energizing environment.

Building on the success of the 2007 event, the 2008 event will feature longer sessions and a track devoted to technical enthusiasts and developers. The program committee is now accepting proposals to lead sessions, panel discussions, and demos at the 2008 edition of Ubuntu Live. Program chair Jane Silber said, "We're looking for ways users are taking Ubuntu further, really pushing the boundaries of what's possible with the open source environment. The committee is particularly interested in hearing from the following:"

-Gurus using Ubuntu in unexpected ways

-Entrepreneurs launching businesses based on Ubuntu

-Educators or researchers helping their community thrive with Ubuntu

-Programmers, trainers, and system administrators with best practices to share

The conference, which will include keynotes, panel presentations, and general sessions, will be organized around the following tracks: Community, Education, Enterprise, Virtualization & Virtual appliances, Performance & Optimization, and Ubuntu in Action. Here are some areas the program committee is activity recruiting speakers for:

-Ubuntu in small and medium businesses

-Deploying and managing large scale deployments

-Building appliances and products

-Performance optimization in Ubuntu

-Virtualization uses for server consolidation, maintenance simplification or security

-Adding Ubuntu as a supported platform

-Ubuntu in the NGO/non-profit sector

Attendees will have a chance to network, exchange information, and make connections at a variety of extra-curricular events at the conference. Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, user driven, informal evening discussion groups, will take place each evening. There will also be a comprehensive Exhibit Hall featuring the leading companies offering Ubuntu related products. Last year's sponsors and exhibitors included: Dell, Intel, OpenMoko, Savoir-faire Linux, Sun Microsystems, and System76.

Registration for media and attendees will open in April 2008. Meanwhile, the call for participation will be open until February 4, 2008. To submit a proposal visit:

Submit a Proposal

For more information on Ubuntu Live, visit:

Ubuntu Live 2008

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Ubuntu Live is conveniently co-located with the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) event, thus making Portland, Oregon the place to be during the week of July 21. There is a discount for attendees already registered for Ubuntu Live. For more information on OSCON visit:

OSCON 2008

To read the O'Reilly Radar, visit:

O'Reilly Radar

If you have ideas about areas you'd like to see included at the conference, send a note to:

For information about exhibiting or sponsoring Ubuntu Live contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or

If you would like to discuss forming a media or promotional partnership with O'Reilly for an upcoming event, contact Avila Reese at (707) 827-7116 or

About Canonical and Ubuntu

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is headquartered in Europe and is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Ubuntu, which means "humanity to others" or "I am what I am because of who we all are," emphasizes the interconnectedness of the work of many project contributors from around the world and accessibility for all users regardless of language or abilities.

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the center of a global open source software ecosystem.

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