LinuxCon 2013 started off with a bit of a bang this year, with three huge names beginning the show with keynotes. As well as Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin giving a State of the Union talk, Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Gabe Newell of Valve Software gave talks.
Upton’s talk focused on Wayland support on the Raspberry Pi, which will apparently start hitting preview builds over the next few weeks. He also talked about their contributions to ARM projects for Scratch, LibreOffice and XBMC, with the ultimate aim being better compatibility on the Raspberry Pi.
Newell made waves by talking about the advantages of gaming on Linux, with the mass media picking up on his hints about hardware news, linking it to rumours of an upcoming Steam Box to be produced by Valve. One of the major hurdles for game developers is currently porting games to Linux, whether practically or financially, and Newell promised that they’re creating tools to make this process easier.
Later in the day, Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google, gave a talk about the last five years of Android, followed by Brian Aker talking about Open Stack.
Day Two of the con included talks from IBM, Wired and OpenStack, as well as announcements of the winners of the Linux Training Scholarships. Sifting through 700 entries, five winners were selected, allowing them to enter a Linux training course they may not have been able to afford otherwise.
With Day Three soon to start, with more talks from Linux Foundation members, as well as other open source power houses. Most of these talks and keynotes can be found on the Linux Foundation Website.