LinuxWorld Announces Keynote Speakers for Mobile Linux Conference

IDG World Expo has announced an exciting line-up of keynote speakers for the first ever Mobile Linux Conference taking place at this year’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®. Senior executives from ACCESS, Funambol, Intel, Motorola, Sprint and Sun Microsystems are slated to tout the progress of the mobile Linux marketplace and explore how Linux-based mobile platforms really work. LinuxWorld® is scheduled to take place August 4-7, 2008, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

The conference kicks-off on Tuesday, August 5th at 9:00 a.m. with a panel discussion entitled, “Unifying Mobile Linux Platforms,” which will be moderated by Bill Weinberg, renowned embedded and open source analyst and Consultant for Linux Pundit. Panelists include: Eric Chu, Mobile Platform, Group Marketing Manager, Google; Sy Choudhury, Staff Product Manager, OS Technologies, Qualcomm; and Morgan Gillis, Executive Director, LiMo Foundation.

Wednesday, August 6th will feature two keynote presentations, the first at 9:00 a.m., by Christy Wyatt, Vice President, Software Platforms & Ecosystem at Motorola, entitled, “Seizing the Open Platform Opportunity.” Having shipped millions of Linux-based devices over the past five years, and as an active member of both the LiMo Foundation and Open Handset Alliance, Wyatt will share Motorola’s unique perspectives on how industry players are working together to address key concerns for developers including platform fragmentation, a need for toolsets, and assurance of a clear channel to market for their applications.

“The mobile landscape can be challenging to navigate, but there’s tremendous opportunity for developers – especially as the industry continues to adopt open platforms such as Linux,” said Christy Wyatt. “By attending our keynote and MOTODEV Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to go through a day in the life of a mobile application developer and get a chance to learn about tools and resources available to kick-start their application development process.”

Following Wyatt’s keynote, on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Ram Peddibholta, Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center will deliver his presentation entitled, “Moblin: The Software Platform for Mobile Internet Experience.” During his address Peddibholta will talk about his work with Moblin.org and share insights on how hardware meets software in advancing technologies for the emerging new category of highly-mobile devices – including Mobile Internet Devices, netbooks, nettops, and Automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment platforms.

“Today’s consumers are expecting rich yet intuitive experiences on mobile devices similar to what everyone enjoys on laptops or desktops. At Intel, we see an opportunity to expand Internet usage throughout the world with Mobile Internet Devices, netbooks and In Vehicle Infotainment Systems powered by Intel® Atom[tm] Processor,” said Ram Peddibholta, Director, Intel Open Source Technology Center. “Moblin.org is at the forefront of bringing together the open source innovations in mobile Linux. With Moblin and Intel® Atom[tm] Processors, customers will gain longer battery life and better user experiences on these Internet based devices.”

Closing out the conference on Thursday, August 7th at 9:00 a.m. will be a final panel discussion entitled, “Real-world Roll-out of Applications and Services on Mobile Linux,” which focuses on realizing the maximum return on building and deploying applications and services on mobile Linux and overcoming the application challenges posed by the increased number of mobile devices hitting the street. Panel members include: Jacob Lehrbaum, Sr. Product Line Manager, Sun Microsystems; Didier Diaz, SVP, Product Strategy Management, ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc.; Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO, Funambol; and John Larson, Research Scientist, Sprint Advanced Technology Labs.

The Mobile Linux Conference is a new event designed to address the increasing penetration of Linux into the mobile handset marketplace. During the conference, attendees will receive in-depth technical training, strategic insights, and hands-on experience in mobile Linux from industry experts covering topics including application development and deployment, power management, mobile initiatives, best practices, and more.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or amy_bonner@idg.com or Giovanni Stein at (508) 424-4864 or Giovanni_stein@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Moorehead at (508) 988-7830 or Michelle Mohr at (508) 424-4855, or michelle_mohr@idg.com.