The SCALE 9x Call For Papers

Deadline Extended Until Friday December 17th

The Linux Exposition of Southern California is proud to announce the 9th Annual Southern California Linux Expo, to be held February 25-27, 2011.

Expanding on the success of the previous years, SCALE 9x will have five speaker tracks.

These include the two specialized tracks, (the beginners' track and the developers' track) and a new system administration track catered toward the growing population of attendees interested in using open source alternatives for system administration tasks.

The remaining two speaker tracks fall under a general category that will accommodate talks across a wide spectrum of interests and skill levels.

Continuing our efforts to promote and educate the public about open source software, we invite you to share your work on Free/Open Source projects with the rest of the community as well as exchange ideas with some leading experts in these fields. Details about previous expos can be found here.

Topics of Interest

Considering the rapid rise in the adoption of open source in the last few years, we encourage proposals directed toward open source success stories, open source penetration into different markets, as well as novel applications. We have listed some topics of interest below, with the caveat that depending on the talk content any of the topics mentioned below could fit into any of the program tracks.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Kernel Internals and Enhancements
  • Unix variants:Tools and Appliances
  • Open Source for Embedded Platforms
  • Open Source development tools for Mobile Devices
  • Open Source for Cloud Computing
  • Open Source for Unified Communications
  • In-depth Programming/Scripting with Open Source Languages (Examples include Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, etc.)
  • Desktop Operating Systems Linux/Unix/Windows Inter-operability
  • Shell Programming
  • Open Source Productivity Applications Tools for Multimedia and Gaming
  • Tools for Profiling and Performance Tuning
  • Open Source Animation Tools
  • Open Source Database Platforms
  • Open Source Licensing
  • Government Policies with Open Source
  • Open Source Promotion and Adoption: Current State
  • Open Source Success Stories
  • Open Source Audio/Video Manipulation tools


We also have an opportunity to host tutorial sessions (a separate track). If you believe your presentation is appropriate for a hands-on lab, please mention that in the proposal. The reviewers will determine if the content is suitable for a hands-on session. Subsequently, we will get in touch with the you to discuss further details.

How to Submit a Proposal

Submitting a proposal is a simple 2-step procedure. The submission process is below:

1. First, register as a speaker by entering various details in the registration form such as name, affiliation, bio, email address of the speaker. Please ensure that the personal biography is not more than 1000 characters; focus on relevant experience to your proposal topic and write from the third-person perspective. Also, enter the contact name and contact email-address. Note that the contact email-address is the one that will be used to confirm the speaker registration.

Once registration is complete, an email will be automatically sent to the contact email-address confirming the speaker registration and providing a validation code. This code can subsequently be employed to submit one or more talk proposals for this speaker.

2. Submit your talk for consideration here.  Enter the title for the talk, the intended audience, the proposed track for this talk (beginners/developers/sysadmin/general). Then provide a brief description of the main points to be presented. Provide additional details in the space provided.

When your talk has been submitted, another email will be sent out confirming the submission and also providing a speaker submission validation code. This code can be employed at a later stage along with the contact email-address to make any edits to the submission.

For submitting multiple talks for the same speaker, the two steps above may be repeated; note that you dont need to register the speaker again.

Please notify us if the presentation will require a special technical set-up. The setup provided will include:

  • microphone
  • overhead projector
  • a laptop running Linux with a postscript viewer as well as OpenOffice./

Presentations will be allotted a time slot of about 45 minutes. Please ensure that presentations must be done in open non-proprietary format. In case you run into any problems during the submission process, for help, please email

The number of submissions received has increased substantially year over year. Proposal abstracts are reviewed by a committee and evaluated solely on merit. Considering these aspects, we request that submission dates be strictly honored in order to provide the committee enough time to choose the best set of proposals.

Important Dates

1 Sep, 2010: CFP Opens

13 17 Dec, 2010: Deadline for abstracts/proposals submissions

31 Dec, 2010: Last date for notification of acceptance

25 Feb, 2011: Conference starts