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The Future of Linux is Software Appliances

Administration, Linux, Web Applications
Location: Portland 255 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

Today the Linux world is dominated by one-size-fits-all Linux distributions that include thousands of packages and that can be two or three gigabytes fully installed.

In this presentation, Nat will introduce the benefits of streamlined, customized, single-purpose software appliances based on Linux — in the form of virtual machine images, bootable and installable media, or live USB keys.

Nat will also demo SUSE Studio — an exciting new web-based tool that will make it fun and easy for you to treat Linux distributions like lego sets to create your own custom Linux appliances.

Nat Friedman

Novell, Inc.

Nat co-founded Ximian in 1999, was a co-founder of the GNOME Foundation and the foundation’s chairman for 2 years, and has been a long-time contributor to open source. In 2003, Ximian was purchased by Novell. At Novell, he has held overall responsibility for the Linux Desktop and the GroupWise collaboration product.

Today Nat is Novell’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Linux, responsible for the company’s Linux strategy. He runs the SUSE Incubation Team, a creative group of talented programmers doing exploratory development and experimental prototyping to help shape the future of Linux.

Nat holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT and enjoys kayaking in Venice.

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