Desktop Linux Conference


At Boston University Corporate Education Center
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts – 40 minutes north of Boston
November 10, 2003   9AM - 5PM
1-800-BU-TRAIN (800-288-7246)

Pricing: $250

The Desktop Linux Consortium (DLC) has developed an exclusive one-day event, hosted by Boston University, which will include the first program ever to offer an in-depth exploration of Linux on the desktop. The event will feature key open-source technologists who will discuss the emergence of the Linux desktop.

In response to the needs of our clients, we have developed a program that brings the open-source community of businesses and individuals together in a forum that explores why you need to incorporate open standards in your organization today; how open-source benefits your bottom line and provides enhanced security, reliability, and scalability in your IT infrastructure; and those issues that threaten the acceleration of Linux and Linux-based applications for the enterprise. These key issues and real-world Linux-based deployments will be presented.

Presentations and interactive forums will demonstrate how you can employ choice in your business by introducing open source into the computing environment for maximum efficiency, reliability, and interoperability, at a reasonable cost.

Technical Sessions
Learn what applications are available today for your Linux desktop. These sessions detail Linux-based technologies, applications, features, and tools providing specific business functions, including running Windows and Linux together on the same network. Presentations in this track can solve your problems and answer your questions about what you can achieve by introducing Linux into your enterprise. These sessions present the technical details of both current solutions and future possibilities.

Hands-on Demonstrations and Interactive Developer Sessions
These sessions provide the opportunity to get hands-on training, give you examples of successful enterprise network deployments, and offer a development forum. Key open-source project developers share their intimate knowledge by walking through some of the issues you face and addressing specific implementation details.

Ask the Experts
Join the DLC, Bruce Perens, and other open-source leaders in an interactive Q&A session at the end of the show. This closing session will feature a summary of the topics covered as part of the conference and a frank discussion about the current state of Linux. Community and media are invited to the interactive forum.

This conference offers senior executives the opportunity to benefit from the experience of leading industry experts, and will allow them to debate key market strategies and discuss topics at the forefront of industry development.

For Sponsors
What the Desktop Linux Conference Can Offer You!

  1. Significant Branding Opportunities
    By becoming a partner though sponsorship, your company brand will become synonymous with the event and emerging Desktop Linux marketplace. Your company will be promoted in the minds of key market players as both a supporter and leader within your industry sector.

  2. Distribution and Media Coverage
    Who else can offer you branding in paper and online media with national and local media circulation? People are clamoring for more information about Linux as it meets critical mass. We have lined up top tech media to carry coverage and feedback before, during ,and after the event. Each sponsor company will receive the media list for additional opportunities. A full-service press room is available on-site for your announcements or press conferences.

    Due to our ability to develop meaningful relationships with the highest caliber of speakers, sponsors, and delegates, our conferences also attract the attention of the international media.

  3. The Pursuit of Common Goals
    We believe in a shared pursuit of common goals, mutual business development, and growth through providing an excellent forum to demonstrate Linux in the enterprise. This is made possible by our drive for finding customer solutions, by developing client relationships, and by exploring all avenues and impediments to fostering Desktop Linux deployments as an extension of the Linux server room. Our goal is to educate and encourage businesses to employ choice in their companies by introducing open source into the computing environment for maximum efficiency, reliability, and interoperability, at a reasonable cost.

To create prominence for sponsors, there are limited sponsorship opportunities at this event, and all sponsorship is sold on a “first come, first served” basis.

For further sponsorship information, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Ratkevic, Sponsorships for DLC, Tel: 408-209-5181 or e-mail

For press inquiries or media badges, please e-mail

Hotel Information and Directions

Desktop Linux Conference will be held at the Boston University Corporate Education Center Tyngsboro headquarters, tucked in New England woodlands just forty minutes north of Boston. Easily accessible from major highways, the facility offers the perfect combination of accessibility and a sense of serenity. This outstanding high-tech training facility provides over 20,000 square feet of conference space, plenty of free parking, a responsive and skilled staff, and top-of-the-line technical systems and audio-visual tools. The facility includes: 5 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, 3 professionally designed amphitheaters, 2 full-service dining rooms, a 300-seat auditorium with folding tablet arms, 7 computer labs, jogging/walking trails, and 200 acres of woodlands with a beautiful pond.

Sheraton Nashua Hotel
11 Tara Boulevard
Nashua, NH 03062

Directions to the Sheraton Nashua Hotel from the South/Logan Airport:
Follow 93 North to 128/95 South, then proceed North on Route 3. Take exit 1 off of Route 3. Turn left off the exit, and then proceed under the overpass. The hotel is will be on the right.

Other Hotels in the Area:
Radisson Heritage Hotel
10 Independence Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01824

Hawthorn Suites
25 Research Place
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

Nashua Marriott
2200 Southwood Drive
Nashua, NH

Red Roof Inn
77 Spitbrook Road
Nashua, NH 03060


American Microsystems
American Microsystems has nearly 20 years of experience in providing innovative, high performance data capture products to customers throughout the world. Today the company remains committed to growth strategies and new product development that will allow the company to continue to serve its customers, employees, community, and industry for many years to come.

CodeWeavers' mission is to make Linux a Windows®-compatible operating system, providing a bridge to help users migrate from the Windows software world to the Linux software world. The company does this primarily by making it possible to use Windows software on Linux. In addition, CodeWeavers is the leading corporate backer of the Wine Project, an open source software initiative that is systematically re-implementing the Win32 API under Linux.

Desktop Linux Consortium
The Desktop Linux Consortium is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the use of Linux on the desktop. The Consortium tries to balance the many facets of Linux desktop use, drawing members from corporations, individual enthusiasts, and from the organizations that have formed and powered the Linux community.

PCs for Everyone
PC's for Everyone was established over a decade ago with one mission: to educate and inform the PC buyer and offer the freedom to obtain a system/component that matches their exact needs. Today, the company continues to operate and build upon that mission. PCs for Everyone offers an abundance of advice and information, a broad product offering, and a full scale service department all tailored to meet the individual needs of their customers.

Prentice Hall
Established in 1913 by Charles Gerstenberg and Richard Ettinger, Prentice Hall successfully publishes introductory through advanced-level textbooks, professional reference publications, and monographs. Eighty-five years after its foundation, Prentice Hall merged with the world's leading educational and professional publisher—Pearson Education. Since 1998, Prentice Hall has continued to define itself as a market leader in educational, technical, and reference publishing and also as an innovator in online learning and support.

Established in 1992, SUSE LINUX is one of the world's leading providers of Linux software and services. With the largest dedicated Linux research and development team, SUSE delivers enterprise-ready software and services that harness the innovation, speed-to-market and independence of the open source community.


Our speakers are leading experts. Read on to see why they are second to none.

Tom Adelstein
Tom Adelstein works as a Linux consultant in Dallas, Texas. His current interest lies with Linux in Government. He is currently maintainer of Project leopard a LAMP eGovernment Database Project offering state and local governments a free open source, web-enabled system for use in quickly setting up public information sites. The project also allows use for government-to-government web sites as well. Project leopard allows disconnected government databases to link through XML which has become essential for homeland security and in protecting victims of domestic abuse in the judiciary.

Tom launched Government Forge, a Web site devoted to state and local governments interested in Linux and open source which is part of the Open Source Software Institute. In November 2002, Tom initiated the legislation for Open Source Software in Texas which resulted in Senate Bill 1579 filed by State Senator John Carona.

Tom is a Certified Public Accountant, a former Investment Bank and author of 15 Books and several hundred hundred articles in print and on the Internet. As an entrepreneur, he has founded six successful start-ups, three of which were software firms. He also sold and delivered the first Linux enterprise application for the S/390 mainframe to Winnebago Industries. Winnebago became IBM's first Linux Reference Account helping IBM gain traction early in their thrust into the Linux space. Tom's series for Linux Journal, "Linux Access in State and Local Government" has helped identified Open Source initiatives not previously known to the community.

Martin Echt
Dr. Martin Echt is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Member of the American College of Physicians. He is on staff at Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, NY. He is Chief Operating Officer of Capital Cardiology Associates, PC. He is Clinical Director of Cardiology for Samaritan Hospital and Director of the Board for Northeast Health in Troy. Martin's cardiology specialties include general cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. He has recently moved his office to Linux.

Nat Friedman
A long-time open source developer, Nat Friedman is a driving force behind Ximian's product strategy. Nat raised $15 million of venture capital for Ximian in January 2001. Nat is a developer of the GNOME Foundation's proposal and charter and has made significant contributions to the development of the Bonobo object model, the GNOME architecture for creating reusable software components and compound documents. Both a hacker and an entrepreneur since childhood, Nat's dynamic personality has made him a natural leader and an important spokesperson for the Free Software movement. Nat earned bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and in Computer Science at MIT.

Stacy Gildenston
Stacy Gildenston is the Director of Business Development for LPI, having worked in international training and certification development for over a decade. Right now, LPI is working within the United Nations and other international organizations to develop a Linux Desktop certification. Stacy is also the Chair of Marcom for the IT Certification Security Council.

Sam Greenblatt
Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect for CA's Linux Technology Group, is responsible for the company's cross-brand integration of Linux technology. He joined CA in 1994 and has held senior management positions in cross-platform product strategy and development. Prior to CA, Sam was chief technology officer and vice president of research and development at Candle Corporation. He has also held management positions at ARCO, Commodore International, and Arthur Andersen.

Mark Hinkle

Sam Hiser
Sam Hiser is a senior contributor and member of the Release Committee of, the open source development community behind the office suite, 1.0. From New York City he co-Leads the OOo Marketing Project and consults with Sun Microsystems, Inc. on community management and marketing. Sam comes from the user's point of view. He will talk about the Marketing and Native-Lang Projects: the promising growth in language translation (localization, l10n) of the suite, and the future of the desktop in a world of cheap hardware and wider appreciation of open standards. He sees a global desktop market several magnatudes larger than today's in which productivity is unleashed massively on the local level by "sub-commodity" software: Linux, Mozilla, x.0 (along with its branded derivatives), and one good PIM.

Tomonari Ikeda
Tomonari Ikeda is currently working for VA Linux Systems Japan KK (VAJ) and is part of a marketing team of VAJ where he is responsible for defining VAJ's business strategies and opensource policy. He is also in charge of running OSDN Japan, the most dynamic community-driven media network on the web in Japan. He is an international speaker, and he enjoys surfing and snowboarding in his spare time. Tomonari earned bachelor's degrees in Computer Science at UC San Diego.

Jim McQuillan
Jim McQuillan has been developing solutions for customers, utilizing Unix and networking since 1984 and has been involved with Linux since 1995. Jim has functioned as a Chief Technologist for more than 18 years and is responsible for the successful deployment of health care systems throughout the Northeastern United States. Additionally, Jim is the founder of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), an open source project which has received world-wide recognition as the standard method of deploying Thin clients in a GNU/Linux environment.

Havoc Pennington
Havoc Pennington has been a Linux developer since 1998, starting with the Debian project and becoming one of the earliest GNOME developers. In 2000 he started, a project to build shared specifications and infrastructure for the Linux desktop as a whole. Havoc was the chair of the GNOME Foundation board of directors for the first two years of its existence. Since 1999 Havoc has worked for Red Hat, most recently as manager of the desktop development team.

Bruce Perens
Bruce Perens is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source community. He is creator of the Open Source Definition, the manefesto of the Open Source movement in Software. He's founder or co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, The Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest, and No-Code International. Bruce released his first Free Software program, Electric Fence, in 1987. He is creator of Busybox, which has spawned its own development community and is part of most commercial devices using embedded Linux.

Bruce is series editor of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series line of books with Prentice Hall PTR publishers. The books sell well in retail stores, even though their texts are released under an Open Source license. Bruce is Senior Research Scientist for Open Source with George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. Through his own research organization, he has a $50,000/year grant to work 1/4 time on the patent policy issues of standards organizations. He is an elected director of Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

Bruce previously spent two years with HP as Senior Global Strategist for Linux and Open Source, and was president of Linux Capital Group, a venture fund that specialized in Linux. He spent 20 years in the computer graphic animation industry, 12 of them at Pixar Animation Studios. He has a credit on the films A Bug's Life and Toy Story II.

Shuji Sado
Shuji Sado has been actively involved in the free software movement since 1993. In 1998, he organized the first Linux developer conference in Japan. He co-founded the Japan Linux Association in 1999 and served as Executive Director for two years. In 2000, he established the Open Source Group Japan, the leading non-profit organization of the opensource movement in Japan. He joined VA Linux Systems Japan KK in 2000 and holds positions of the chief manager of OSDN Japan division and the marketing manager of VA Linux Systems Japan KK. OSDN Japan sites include,, and Shuji received a Master of Engineering from Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

John Terpstra
John Terpstra is an Executive Manager with proven skills in facilitating, mentoring, presenting and analysis through all phases of business execution. John is CEO/President with PrimaStasys, Inc. A company that mentors Information Technology companies and facilitates profitable change. John has worked with The SCO Group (previously Caldera Inc.) initially as VP Technology and most recently as Evangelist. He helped TurboLinux launch back into the USA market place as VP Development and later as VP Community Relations. Prior to moving to the USA in 1999 John founded and managed Aquasoft Pty Ltd (Australia) for 10 years. John is a well-known contributor and visionary in the open source community with a very active commercial focus. He is co-founder of the Samba-Team, a member of the Open Source Software Institute Advisory Board,he is active with the Linux Standards Base, the Free Standards Group, has served as a steering committee member of the Li18nux (now OpenI18N), and currently serves on the SPEC/SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association)Standards Group.

John Weathersby
John Weathersby is the founder and chairman of the Open Source Software Institute [ ], a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of open-source software solutions within the United States Federal, state, and municipal governments and academic institutions. Weathersby serves as an advisor for open-source technologies to the National Technology Alliance through the Rosettex Technology and Venture Fund and Sarnoff Corporation.

Mark Westerman
Community release manager of SELinux and Managing Partner for Westcam, Inc. Mark has over 15 years of experience in all phases of computer network design, network security, encryption technology, and firewalls as well as UNIX, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 expertise. Mark has designed AIS level 3 security systems and network security systems for NASA. He was the head security designer of one of NASA's AIS 3 network development environments. For the last 2 years he has been implementing SELinux systems for use in connecting single computers to multiple security level system for NASA.

Jeremony White

Amy D. Wohl
Amy D. Wohl is Editor and Publisher of Amy D. Wohl's Opinions, a weekly electronic newsletter. She previously edited The TrendsLetter and The Wohl Report. She also maintains a weblog at She is a columnist to VARBusiness magazine; a contributing editor to Spectrum Middleware, and a frequent contributor to the trade and general business industry conferences and seminars in the US., Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is especially well known for her keynotes on the future.

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