Edinburgh 2018

Open Source Summit

© Shuli Goodman

© Shuli Goodman

Article from Issue 218/2019

The European leg of the Open Source Summit took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on October 22-24, 2018. The conference was co-located with the Embedded Linux Conference and the OpenIoT Summit.

The the Open Source (OS) Summit [1] kicked off when Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, gave a general introduction to the state of open source software. Throughout the conference, Jim made several more appearances, with helpful updates on what was happening each day.


On the first day, Shuli Goodman delivered her keynote, "Wanted, 10,000 Developers to Electrify the Planet." She is Executive Director of LF Energy, a Linux Foundation open source coalition to "… accelerate and transform the world's relationship to energy" and make the planet more energy efficient. For more information about this talk and others, have a look at the Linux Foundation slides page [2].

The keynote speech by Arjan van de Ven, Intel Fellow and Director of Linux Systems Engineering, was about "Software-Defined Everything." He stated that in a software-defined world, with a feature added here and a feature added there, the development model breaks down, requiring a complete rebuild of the software stack. Because any use case in the cloud begins with Linux, he used his "passion project," Clear Linux, as the Linux distro at the bottom of this new stack and Acorn, a functionally safe and capable hypervisor, as the isolation layer of the new vertical stack integration.


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