Reminder: XFree86 Technical Conference

The full announcement is at:

We're reviving the X Technical Conference in coordination with ALS this
year, as X is no longer dead :-) (in large part, thanks to folks like you!).

Owen, Frederico, and I are on the porgram committee, along with Stuart
Anderson, Dave Dawes, Kurt Granroth, and Cristian Tibirna.

Since X stuff is moving very rapidly right now, in toolkits and applications
areas in particular, we will be more interested in "works in progress"
than usual.  I'd very much like to see good Gnome offerings, as you
might imagine.
				- Jim


For the first time, the XFree86 development community will come together 
in Oakland for a technical conference centered on the X Window System. 
With the rapid pace of desktop application development for open source 
operating systems, the XFree86 Technical Conference will provide a forum 
to learn about exciting new advances in many areas -- from video drivers 
to application development and everything in between. If you are a developer 
building applications and systems using XFree86, the XFree86 Technical 
Conference is one event you'll want to be sure to attend.

This year, the XFree86 Technical Conference will run concurrently with 
the 5th Annual Linux Showcase & Conference in Oakland, California. The 
Conference combines technical talks, Birds-of-a-feather sessions, tutorials, 
and working groups providing opportunities for attendees at every level.

Technical Sessions, November 8, 2001

A full day of technical sessions feature refereed talks by people working 
in every area of the user interface. Talks can win valuable cash and prizes. 
Papers can be published in the Proceedings provided to conference attendees 
in print and on CD-ROM. Refereed talks present problems, technologies 
and solutions in all areas of XFree86 development, deployment and use.

The XFree86 Technical Conference seeks talks on topics relating to the 
X Window System at all levels; the base window system, toolkits, user 
environments, and applications build using these technologies. Topics 
of interest include:

    * User interface design
    * New graphics techniques
    * Application development tools
    * Inter application communication
    * Desktop environments
    * Multimedia

Selection will be based on the quality of the submission and whether the 
work will be of interest to the wider XFree86 community. Please see the 
detailed author guidelines on the Web site, including sample proposals.

Best Presentation Awards

The USENIX Association will award cash prizes at the conference for the 
best presentation and the best presentation by a student.

Financial Assistance

Some financial assistance is available for speaker travel and accommodation 
in cases of need. All speakers will receive free admission to both the 
XFree86 Technical Conference and the 5th Annual Linux Showcase & Conference.

How To Submit

Submissions should be a one or two page abstract describing the work and 
results. They should demonstrate that:

    * The work is of interest to the XFree86 community
    * The work is of significant technical merit
    * The work relates to an active project
    * Enough progress has been made to provide useful information

Proposals must be received by July 3, 2001. Proposals should be submitted 
electronically in ASCII format via either a Web form (available here in 
mid-May) OR email to the program chair at conference xfree86 org 

Include appropriate references to establish that you are familiar with 
related work, and where possible, provide detailed data to establish that 
you have a working implementation or measurement tool. Submissions will 
be judged on the quality of the written submission, and whether or not 
the work advances the state-of-the-art of XFree86. Talks of a business 
development or marketing nature are not appropriate for submittal.

Proposals submitted to the XFree86 Technical Conference should contain 
new work, not previously presented at other conferences. Likewise, accepted 
talks shouldn't be presented at other conferences afterwards without new 
art. All submissions should be considered 'open source' and as such 
non-disclosure agreements and other limits will be dismissed or the 
submissions rejected.

Speakers will be notified by July 23, 2001. All accepted submissions are 
encouraged to produce a final paper for the proceedings by the September 
14, 2001 deadline. These papers need not be polished, but they should 
describe work that has been completed as of the time of their submission. 
The purpose of your paper is to let readers and attendees know what you 
are doing. Members of the program committee are available to help shepherd 
authors through the writing process prior to final acceptance for publication 
in the proceedings.

The final paper, if submitted, must be provided for publication in the 
conference proceedings and electronic files for the conference Web site. 
Final papers are limited to 12 pages, including diagrams, figures, and 
appendices. It is understood that the state of the art advances at a rapid 
pace. Presentations should, where possible, take into account changes 
after the publications due date.

Please see the detailed author guidelines, including sample extended 
abstracts and final papers. To discuss potential submissions and for 
inquiries regarding the content of the conference program, contact the 
program chair at: conference xfree86 org

Tutorials, November 7, 2001

The XFree86 Technical Conference offers full and half-day tutorials on 
a range of topics related to XFree86 development, deployment, and use.

To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, we continually solicit 
proposals for new tutorials. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial, 
please send email to: tutorials xfree86 org 

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized 
by attendees for attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs are 
held in the evenings and may be scheduled in advance by sending email 
to bofs xfree86 org or at the conference.

Working Groups 

Working group sessions bring participants in active research 
and development projects together for face-to-face meetings. We are 
particularily interested in seeing working groups established to foster 
interoperability and innovation. Working group sessions can be scheduled 
any time immediately preceding or during the conference. Sessions should 
be scheduled in advance by sending email to the conference chair at: 
conference xfree86 org  We will also make efforts to accomodate working 
group sessions not scheduled ahead of time, either as extended BoFs or 
spontaneous meetings.

Registration Materials

Complete program and registration information will be available in August 
2001 at the conference Web site. The information will be in both html 
and a printable PDF file.

Jim Gettys
Technology and Corporate Development
Compaq Computer Corporation
jg pa dec com

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