Presented by Andrew Donnellan


The Linux kernel is at the heart of several billion computing devices, and is thus a rather important piece of open source infrastructure! The Kernel Miniconf will focus on a variety of kernel-related topics - technical presentations on up-and-coming kernel developments, the future direction of the kernel (in keeping with this year’s LCA theme!), and kernel development community and process matters. Past Kernel Miniconfs have included talks on RCU, scheduling, filesystems, memory management, and so on.

The miniconf will include a mixture of scheduled talks and "unconference" discussions/lightning talks. It is anticipated that talks will be mainly aimed at existing kernel developers, though don’t let that stop you from coming if you’re less experienced! Interesting contributions from BSD and other Free Software operating systems will also be considered, though the focus will be primarily on Linux.

Call for Papers

We are looking for anyone with something interesting and kernel-related to talk about to present at the miniconf!

We strongly encourage both first-time and seasoned speakers from all backgrounds, ages, genders, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and abilities. Like the main LCA conference itself, we respect and encourage diversity at our miniconf. If you would like any assistance with creating a proposal, don't hesitate to ask!

To submit a proposal, add a speaker profile and complete the submission form.

Talks should be between 20 and 40 minutes (including any questions). Please indicate your preferred timeslot length in your submission.

Dates and deadlines

  • 21 November 2016, 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth) - CFP closes
  • by 30 November 2016 - Confirmation
  • 16-20 January 2017 - LCA!

Please indicate in your submission if you require early confirmation to assist in arranging travel/funding.


If you've got any questions about the Kernel Miniconf not covered here, contact Andrew at or @ajdlinux on Twitter.

Presented by

Andrew Donnellan

Andrew is a developer at OzLabs, the Australian section of the IBM Linux Technology Centre. He escaped the Australian National University and somehow ended up at IBM Canberra as a graduate in 2015.

At OzLabs, he mostly hacks on Linux drivers for the IBM Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface. He also maintains snowpatch, a continuous integration tool for use with mailing list patches. In past lives, he's written Django applications, given tech support, and tutored first-year uni students.

In his spare time, you'll find him failing at various games, trying to avoid talking politics on social media, and occasionally, for some reason, volunteering to run miniconfs...

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