OSDevCon 2009: Call for Papers

The international OpenSolaris Developer Conference is an annual community conference organized for OpenSolaris enthusiasts, developers and users. We cordially invite presentation and tutorial proposals related to OpenSolaris with a broad range of topics.

Important Dates

  • Call for papers closes: August 31, 2009   (hard deadline: 11:59pm UTC)
  • Notification to speakers: September 4, 2009 (delayed, probably 9/8/2009)
  • Publication of program: September 7, 2009 (delayed, probably 9/14/2009)
  • Final papers due: October 5, 2009
  • OSUG meeting: October 27, 2009
  • Tutorials: October 28, 2009
  • Talks: October 28 and 30, 2009

The final papers should be submitted as PDF. Please use the predefined OpenOffice or TeX template.

Presentations being accepted

There are basically two different types of presentations: you can submit a proposal for a talk or a tutorial.

Talks are the main part of the conference: a series of presentations on OpenSolaris related subjects. Presenters will be given around 40 minutes for the talk which includes up to 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Likely we intend to video tape the tech sessions and put the streams online (for free). Let us please know if you feel uncomfortable with that.

Wednesday is reserved for the tutorials: half-day or full-day sessions giving the speaker a chance to interact with the audience. Presenters should indicate what level of expertise and what equipment is required from the audience.

Potential Topics

Although the conference will be mostly technical, we invite also the talks related to community organization and governance, collaboration between OpenSolaris, opensource communities and others. Submissions on the following technical topics are welcome:

  • OpenSolaris kernel and device driver development and debugging.
  • Networking and Security.
  • Development tools, compilers, application development and debugging.
  • Performance and performance tuning, HA and HPC.
  • User space tools and desktop applications.
  • Virtualization and emulation techniques.
  • File systems and storage management.
  • Alternative OpenSolaris based distributions.
  • ...

In 2009 there will be 14 slots in total for presentations on Thursday and Friday. Additionally there will be one common (i.e. with Linux-Kongress) session for technical topics. The idea of the common developer conference is also to share one common slot for technical topics. In this slot topics in userland or of at least a value to both OpenSolaris and Linux community are preferred. Both conferences compete for slots in this session.

How to Submit

Please use the submission form to propose a talk or tutorial for the OpenSolaris Developer Conference 2009.

All proposals will have to include:

  • Author's full name, e-mail address, and web page (if available).
  • Author's short biography and relevant experience.
  • The title of your presentation/tutorial.
  • An abstract describing your presentation/tutorial (up to 500 words).
  • Information about the project you are talking about (where applicable).

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee.

Please note that on request only we will cover the speaker's accomodation. Travel expenses: If you're on a tight budget there might be some possibility to also refund those expenses depended on the sponsors, quality of the paper and travel distance. This is also only possible if we know of it: Please


We will send you an e-mail on September 4th whether your submission was accepted or not. Accepted speakers will get automatically to the osdevcon-announce mailing list in order to receive automatically further important announcements. All visitors and speakers are encouraged to to the osdevcon-discuss mailing list in order to get in touch with other attendees and the conference organizers.

Program Committee

Michal Bielicki (Voice Works), Poland
Adriaan de Groot (Board Member at NLUUG and KDE e.V.), The Netherlands
Stephen Lau (Songbird, SFOSUG member), San Francisco/CA, USA
Martin Man (CZOSUG, Sun Microsystems, Nexenta Core Contributor), Czech Republic
Lukas Rovensky (CZOSUG, Sun Microsystems), Czech Republic
Wolfgang Stief (best Systeme GmbH, Chair of Board of GUUG e.V.), Germany
Rich Teer (Rite Online Inc.), Kelowna, BC, Canada
Dr. Dirk Wetter (Dr. Wetter IT-Consulting, Board member @ GUUG e.V.), Germany

Complete registration and program information will be available at http://www.osdevcon.org/ in September 2009.