Sponsors
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zimbra
  • Atlassian Software Systems
  • Disney
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Etelos
  • Ingres
  • JasperSoft
  • Kablink
  • Linagora
  • MindTouch
  • Mozilla Corporation
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • RightScale
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Tenth Planet
  • Ticketmaster
  • Voiceroute
  • White Oak Technologies, Inc.
  • XAware
  • ZDNet

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com.

Media Partner Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for more information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences, or contact mediapartners@oreilly.com.

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com.

OSCON Newsletter

To stay abreast of conference news and to receive email notification when registration opens, please sign up for the OSCON newsletter (login required).

Contact Us

View a complete list of OSCON 2008 Contacts

Rebuilding Linux for the Desktop

Linux
Location: D136 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.08, 12 ratings)

The Linux desktop is built from pieces supplied by several disparate groups,
including the Linux kernel, X window system, Mesa OpenGL library. On top of
these pieces the Gnome and KDE projects build the GUI seen by the Linux
user. The capabilities of these hidden layers of infrastructure circumscribe
the overall Linux desktop experience and have, until recently, remained
surprisingly static for the last twenty years.

Recent changes in the way the operating system interacts with the graphics
hardware have unlocked new possibilities for user interaction.
Fancy desktop effects, smoother application updates and new modes for input have started to draw attention to Linux as a leader in desktop innovation, rather than lagging behind other systems.

This presentation will outline the architectural changes involved in this
transition, changes affecting the kernel, graphics drivers, window system,
and desktop environment. The current status of these projects and future
directions will be described.

Photo of Keith Packard

Keith Packard

Intel

Keith Packard has been developing open source software since 1986, focusing on the X Window System since 1987, designing and implementing large parts of the current implementation. He is currently a Pricipal Engineer with Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. Keith received a Usenix Lifetime Achievement
award in 1999 and sits on the X.org foundation board.

OSCON 2008