Distinguished Speaker Series with Andrew Morton



  • The Linux Kernel Development Process

    Join us between from 6:00-7:00pm for light snacks and a networking reception.

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    Andrew Morton, Lead Production Linux Kernel Maintainer, Open Source Development Labs

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA


    Program Overview

    In this talk, Morton will describe how the Linux kernel actually comes to be, how features are chosen, and how the develop/test/release cycle is managed. He'll explain how commercial Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SuSE fit into this process. More generally, he'll consider what motivates kernel developers, and why system software is a particularly good fit for the open source model.


    Speaker Bio

    Andrew Morton is the lead maintainer for the Linux public production kernel. His work is supported by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). Morton works with Linux creator Linus Torvalds, the kernel subsystem maintainers, Linux distribution companies, hardware vendors and other interested parties to ensure that the public production kernel meets their needs. He is the final arbitrator on determining what code is accepted into the Linux production kernel.

    Morton has worked in software development for more than 20 years. As principal engineer at Digeo, he was responsible for the base operating system in the company's broadband digital home entertainment products. Prior to Digeo, he was product development manager for Nortel Networks Australian R&D labs. Previously served as managing director of an Australia-based personal computer firm and also worked as a hardware engineer for an Australian maker of digital gaming equipment. He holds an honors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.




    The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have helped define our understanding of software: what it is, how it is developed, and the opportunities it affords. The series provides these noted figures a platform to grapple with the larger issues of the software industry, as viewed through the prism of their current work and interests.

    The theme for the 2004-2005 series of talks is "The Software Commons."


    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program




    $15 SDForum and Co-Hosting Organizations

    $25 Non-members

    $10 Students - to register call SDForum 408-494-8378

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    *at the door add $5 to member and non-member prices

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.