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USENIX '03 Call for Papers
June 9-14, 2003, San Antonio, Texas


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FREENIX is a special track within the USENIX Annual Technical Conference. The FREENIX Program Committee is looking for papers about projects with a solid emphasis on nurturing the open source and freely-available software communities. FREENIX papers should advance the state of the art of freely-redistributable software or otherwise provide useful information to those faced with deploying, selling, or using free software in the field.

FREENIX is an excellent showcase for the latest developments and interesting applications of freely-redistributable software, and can help to expand your developer and user base. The FREENIX forum includes Apache, Darwin, FreeBSD, GNOME, GNU, KDE, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Perl, PHP, Python, Samba, Tcl/Tk, X11, and more. The FREENIX track attempts to cover the full range of software which is freely redistributable in source-code form and provides pointers to where the code can be found on the Internet.

Submissions to the FREENIX track should describe freely-redistributable software. Although submissions need not necessarily be research papers, we encourage submissions that describe mature work -- submissions for which the authors are ready to fully describe the background, new ideas, experiments, and results of their work. The FREENIX track also seeks to gather reports on projects that are current and solidly under way, but may not yet be 100% finished. This differs from a Works-in-Progress session, which is really a poster session for ideas.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-platform source portability and binary compatibility
  • Desktop metaphors
  • Distributed and parallel systems
  • Documentation
  • Embedded systems
  • File system design
  • Graphical user interface tools
  • Highly-available systems
  • Highly-scalable and clustered systems
  • How free software is being developed and managed today
  • Interesting deployments of free software
  • Large scale system management
  • Network design and implementation
  • Non-technical aspects of free software: business, legal, etc.
  • Operating system design
  • Print systems
  • Quality assurance
  • Security
  • Software development tools
  • Storage systems
  • System and user management tools
  • Technical aspects of commercial use of free software

Interesting applications of freely-redistributable software include: wearable computers, video or audio processing, ubiquitous computing, studio graphics, robotics and automation, large-scale environments, high-speed networking, high-performance simulations, embedded systems, clustering, automation, and more. FREENIX submissions will be primarily judged based on the novelty of the work, usefulness of the work to the OSS community, and the paper's ability to educate or provoke discussion about the topic.

We encourage first-time authors to submit papers. In our experience, it is important for authors to begin thinking about writing a paper early enough. If you would like help or comments on your paper idea, feel free to email; we would be happy to guide authors toward a successful paper submission.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best paper and the best paper by a student.

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