The SCALE 8X Call For Papers

Please note that the CFP deadline has been extended!

See below for new dates

The Linux Exposition of Southern California is proud to announce the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo scheduled for February 19-21, 2010 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

Wide spread acceptance from the user community has established SCALE as a premiere Linux/Open Source conference in the Southern California region.

Building on the success we had last year, SCALE 8x will have a total of 5 speaker tracks. These include the two specialized tracks:

(i) beginners’ track

(ii) developers’ track

as well as the three general interest tracks that we have every year. In this way we will be catering to our growing attendee constituency whose spectrum of interest spans from newbies all the way to the power users all of whom are trying to enhance their understanding of Linux/Open Source Software (OSS).

Continuing our efforts to promote and educate the public about open source, 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 editions of SCALE can be found at

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, including beginners and developers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Core Operating System Issues (Developer Track)

Kernel Internals and Enhancements
Unix variants: Tools and Appliances
Operating Systems for Embedded Platforms
System Administration: Low-level Detail
In-depth Programming/Scripting with Open Source Languages (Examples include Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, etc.)
Open Source for Beginners (Beginner’s Track)

Desktop Operating Systems
Security and Trouble Shooting
Linux/Unix/Windows Inter-operability
Linux Shells
Open Source Deployments and Experiences
Samba/Windows sharing
Open Source Productivity Applications
Transitioning from Windows
Basic scripting/automation User system administration issues
Miscellaneous Open Source Topics

Tools for Multimedia and Gaming
Tools for Profiling and Performance Tuning
Open Source solutions for cloud computing and web services
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
Open Source Innovations
We also have an opportunity to host tutorial sessions. 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.

This year there is a change in the proposal submission process. In order to standardize the submission process, we have implemented a simple 2-step procedure that as a first step involves registering the speaker and subsequently, the next step involves submitting one or more proposals for a registered speaker. That procedure is:

Visit the registration page and register. Please ensure that your biography is not more than 1000 characters; focus on relevant experience to your proposal topic and write from the third-person perspective. Enter your 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.
For talk submission, please go to the submittal page. Enter the title for the talk, the intended audience, the proposed track for this talk (beginners/developers/general). Then provide a brief description of the main points to be presented. Provide additional details in the space provided.
Once the 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 steps above may be repeated; note that you don’t need to register as a speaker again.
Please notify us if the presentation will require a special technical set-up. The basic room setup will include:
overhead projector (resolution 1024 × 768)
a laptop running Linux with a pdf 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

Submittal Dates

31 Aug, 2009: CFP Opens
24 Dec, 2009: Deadline for abstracts/proposals submissions  <— Note new date!
Jan 7, 2010: Last date for notification of acceptance <— Note new date!