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USENIX '04: Special Interest Group Sessions
June 27–July 2, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts

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General Session Refereed
Papers Track

Free and Open Source
Software (FREENIX) Track

NEW! SIG Sessions
• UseBSD

Keynote and Invited Talks

Training Track

Guru Sessions, WiPs, and BoFs

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Call for Papers
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UseBSD will be a one-day special interest group session hosted as part of the 2004 USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Boston (June 27–July 2, 2004). The focus of UseBSD, as the name implies, will be on showcasing ways in which creative members of the BSD community are making use of BSD–on the desktop, in embedded applications, in corporate data centers, in computational clusters, in business environments, and more!

The UseBSD Program Committee solicits proposals for presentations related to BSD-derived systems. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Development tools for embedded BSD
  • Next-generation BSD security models
  • Managing large-scale and high-availability BSD installations
  • Case studies
    • Scientific or commercial projects using BSD
    • Using BSD in business
    • Using BSD in network infrastructure and telephony
    • Cluster applications using BSD
    • Business models involving BSD-licensed open source
  • Technologies that enable the use of BSD
    • Desktop technologies
    • Network patch-update systems (binary or source)
    • Integration with legacy UNIX and Windows operating systems
  • Organizational issues
    • BSD Users Groups
    • BSD advocacy—quantifying the BSD TCO/ROI advantages
    • Documentation/Content Management
    • Release Engineering
    • Project Management
Proposals for more informal, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are also welcome.

Submission Guidelines
In order to judge a proposal, the Program Committee requests a submission of a 2–3-page extended abstract of the proposed presentation. These abstracts must be submitted by January 5, 2004, via this Web form. While formal papers are requested, they are not required; in lieu of final papers, camera-ready copies of the slides to be used in the presentation may be submitted by May 4, 2004.

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