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FREENIX is a special track within the USENIX Annual Technical Conference. USENIX encourages the exchange of information and technologies between the commercial UNIX products and the free software world as well as among the various free operating system alternatives.

FREENIX is the showcase for the latest developments and interesting applications in freely redistributable software. The FREENIX forum includes Apache, FreeBSD, GNOME, GNU, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Samba, 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. Marshall Kirk McKusick is serving as FREENIX program chair. FREENIX attendees also attend all of the USENIX Conference offerings and informal get-togethers.

Submissions to the refereed track are expected to represent mature work for which the authors are ready to fully describe the background, new ideas, experiments, and results of their work. By contrast, the FREENIX track seeks to gather reports on projects that are underway, but not yet finished. The purpose for the FREENIX papers is not as an archival reference, but rather a place to let others know about the project on which you are working and to provide a forum from which to expand your user base. We are looking for talks which advance the state of the art of freely redistributable software or otherwise provide useful information to those faced with deploying (and "selling") free software in the field.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Operating system design
  • Network design and implementation
  • File system design
  • Highly-available systems
  • Highly-scalable systems
  • Graphical user interface tools
  • Desktop metaphors
  • File and print systems
  • System management tools
  • Security
  • Large scale system management
  • Interesting deployments of free software
  • How free software is being developed and managed today

Interesting applications of freely redistributable software might include:

  • Robotics and automation
  • Clustering
  • Wearable computers
  • Embedded systems
  • High-speed networking
  • Studio graphics
  • Audio processing

Submission of a one to three page abstract is due by November 29, 1999. Click here for details on how to submit.

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