Linux.Conf.Au 2015 Kicks Off In Auckland

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Events on 12 January 2015 at 04:00 PM EST. 1 Comment
The very popular, annual Linux conference Linux.Conf.Au kicked off today in Auckland, New Zealand.

This year's LCA 2015 keynotes include Linus Torvalds, Bob Young, and Eben Moglen. For those not down under attending the conference, at least there's usually top-notch videos of the keynotes and various sessions that are available in the weeks ahead. I'll also be monitoring for the slides and other presentation assets to analyze and share on Phoronix.

Those unfamiliar with this leading Linux conference organized at the start of every year in Australia or New Zealand, stop by Linux.Conf.Au.

Among the many interesting technical talks this year that I'll be looking to cover later on Phoronix include:

- Keith Packard talking about polishing GLAMOR. GLAMOR -- doing 2D via OpenGL in a generic manner -- has been a very popular topic of the past year since it was merged into the mainline X.Org Server and is now relied upon by Nouveau and Radeon for the newest GPUs, optionally for Intel GPUs, is supported by the xf86-video-modesetting driver, and is also being called into play for Broadcom VC4 and VIA hardware. The process of optimizing GLAMOR is like a never-ending task.

- Beau Johnston is talking about making code run fast with OpenCL. The associated project that Beau has been working on with the OpenCL acceleration isn't yet public.

- Timothy Terriberry will provide an update on the Daala video codec that's of much interest to open-source enthusiasts as an alternative to VP9 and HEVC/H.265.

- David Airlie will be talking about DisplayPort MST -- the multi-stream transport feature of the DisplayPort specification used by some 4K+ monitors and some laptop docks. DisplayPort MST code for the open-source Linux graphics drivers have come together in the past few months.

- Ian Romanick of Intel will be talking about reducing GLSL compiler memory usage for Mesa.

- Richard Jones will talk about the future of Python packaging.

- Jim Cheetham will talk about OneRNG as an open-source and verifiable hardware random number generator.

- Eric Anholt who left Intel OTC last year to work for Broadcom on creating an open-source DRM/KMS + Gallium3D driver stack for the Raspberry Pi (VC4) will be talking about his open-source OpenGL Raspberry Pi work.

- Jack Moffitt of Mozilla will be talking about the next-generation Servo Engine for building a parallel web browser. Servo is a very interesting project but it remains to be seen when it will replace Gecko.

- Daniel Vetter of Intel OTC will be talking about botching up IOCTLs as it comes to kernel interfaces with the DRM/KMS graphics drivers.

The complete schedule for the week-long event in New Zealand can be found at Linux.Conf.Au. If you notice any other interesting talks of relevance to frequently covered Phoronix topics that I missed mentioning here and will be trying to cover in more detail in future articles, be sure to share in our forums.
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