UseLinux Announcement

by Jon “maddog” Hall

USENIX is the Unix and advanced computing systems technical and professional association. Since 1975, the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world.

Linux International is an international, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting Linux.

So it is not surprising to find these two organizations have banded together to hold a joint Linux Application Development and Deployment Conference, which has been dubbed ”“USELINUX”“.

Recognizing that two of the main issues around Linux are the lack of commercial applications and the misunderstanding of the Linux market, these two organizations are presenting three additional areas of study to the USENIX conference scheduled for January 6-10 in Anaheim California:

Yes, suits! Suits will be coming to a USENIX and Linux conference to learn how our favorite operating system can be used to increase their business, for it is in this way that Linux will move out of the closet and into its rightful place in the computer marketplace. However, the technical and business sessions will be well-defined, and no “techies” will have to be exposed to drivel about how to make money with Linux—unless they want to be exposed!

A technical program committee and a business program committee have been formed, with a call for papers and ideas submitted to USENIX. You can find the call for papers on the USENIX web site at

We urge you to support this effort with your input and by helping us publicize the conference to your favorite application vendors.