Desktop Architects Meeting 4

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DAM-4 Location/Venue

The fourth Desktop Architects Meeting (DAM-4) is being done in conjuction with the first ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit taking place from June 13 through 15 at Google's Mountain View Campus in the Bay Area. This unique, invitation-only event will bring together the brightest minds in the Linux ecosystem to discuss where Linux is, where it needs to go and how we can all help get it there.

Where: Google's Mountain View Campus - 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, 94043

When: June 13 Plenary; June 14 - 15 for DAM-4 agenda

Logistics: See logistics for the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit.

Main topics / Agenda

Wednesday, June 13

All Day See Plenary Schedule

The plenary session of the Linux Foundation members includes key note addresses, panels, and general interest sessions. Desktop architects are invited to the plenary activities as well as the Linux Foundation social event on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, June 14

8:30am - 9:00am Meet, greet and eat breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am Introductions and Opening Speaker
  • John Cherry, Linux Foundation
  • Greg Kelleher and Marc Miller, Co-Moderators
  • Greg Raiz - Speaker (Understanding User Experience – Designing and developing beyond Usability) (presentation)

DAM-3 Summary and Speaking Points (for reference)

9:45am - 10:30am State of the Linux Desktop - Linux Distros (Moderator: Greg Kelleher)
  • Red Hat - Jonathan Blandford
  • Novell - Guy Lunardi
  • Ubuntu - Matt Zimmerman
  • Xandros - Kelly Fraser
  • Linspire - Cliff Beshers
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:15am Desktop Orgs - Coming Attractions and Coming Together (Moderator: Greg Kelleher)
  • GNOME - Elijah Newren, Jeff Waugh
  • KDE - Ken Wimer, George Stakos, Lars Knoll
  • Next-generation OSS Desktop Base Development Project - Daisuke Kameda
  • Desktop Topics
    • Portland Project
    • D-BUS
    • Co-location of GUADEC and aKademy in 2008
11:15am - 12:00am Mobile Desktop (Moderator: Marc Miller)
  • Five top issues facing the Linux Mobile desktop; mobile profile - David "Lefty" Schlesinger
  • Mobile Desktops (GMAE) - Jeff Waugh
  • Ubuntu Mobile - Matt Zimmerman
12:00pm - 1:00pm Working Lunch

Moderated discussion on what's new, hot, or needs attention - Marc Miller

Desktop BLING (Compiz/Beryl) - David Reveman, Quinn Storm

1:00am - 1:45pm Lightning Talks/Discussion - Previous DAM Topics (Moderator: Marc Miller)

Lighting updates covering progress, announcements, and what is needed from the architects for the next phases of development:

  • Wireless - Steve Hemminger
  • Printing - Till Kamppeter (distribution-independent printer driver packages, slides)
  • Sound / multimedia - Christian Schaller, Dev Mazumdar, David Schleef, Scott Nelson
  • Text layout - Ed Trager
  • HelpPC Project - Jun Iio
1:45pm - 2:30pm Application Software - Porting, Delivering, Sustaining Apps (Moderator: Marc Miller)
  • Adobe - Ed Costello
  • Google - Xianzhu Wang
  • OpenDRIM - Chang-Won Ahn
2:30pm - 3:00pm Setting Priorities / Breakouts (Moderator: Greg Kelleher)

Based on previous and new desktop topics, this session will use an online survey tool to prioritize desktop focus areas. There are a few pre-planned breakouts (printing, sound, mobile profile), but other breakouts will be determined by priority and by the domain expertise present at the meeting.

3:00pm - 3:15pm Break
3:15pm - 4:45pm Breakouts


  • Printing - Till Kamppeter
  • Mobile profile - David Schlesinger

Other possible breakouts:

  • Interoperability (hetrogeneous desktop)
  • Portland (cross-desktop)
  • Sound
  • Multimedia
  • Open drivers
  • Packaging
  • Virtualization
  • Wireless
  • Power management
  • Developer network (portal)
  • Testing
  • Standards
  • Text layout
  • Security
  • Accellerated graphics
  • System management

Breakout notes

4:45pm - 5:30pm Reports from Breakout Sessions (Moderator: Marc Miller)

This session could include additional lightning talks if the entire groups would like more information on specific topics.

Friday, June 15

8:30am - 9:00am Meet, Greet, and Eat Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am Desktop Deployment Experience (Moderator: Greg Kelleher)
  • Global IBM deployments - John Walicki
  • Dreamworks - Lans Carstensen
  • Google deployments - Dan Kegel
  • Dell - Doug Anson
  • OLPC - Jonathan Blandford
10:00am - 10:30am Interoperability and Standards (Moderator: Marc Miller)
  • LSB Infrastructure Tools - Vladimir Rubanov
  • Power Management - Mark Gross
  • Accessibility - Janina Sajka, George Kraft
  • Open Document Format - John Walicki
10:30am - 10:45am Determine Breakout Topics for Friday - Either Continued Sessions or New Ones (Moderator: Greg Kelleher)
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - noon Breakouts
noon - 1:00pm Optionally Continue Breakouts or Lunch in Google Cafeteria
1:00pm - 2:30pm Report Outs from Breakout Sessions / optional requested speakers (Moderator: Marc Miller)
  • Speaker 1
  • Speaker 2
  • Speaker 3
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:30pm Wrapup (Moderator: Greg Kelleher / Steve Harris)
  • Summaries
  • Next steps
  • Conferences and community events
  • Speaking points (to be given to the press on Monday)
3:30pm - 5:30pm Informal meetings

There will be rooms available at Google for continued working sessions or BOF-style meetings. Take advantage of all these architects and developers meeting in a single location.


The desktop and LSB architects meeting is in conjunction with the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. The following are lists of speakers and attendees for the entire summit. The desktop and LSB architects are a subset of the full attendee list. The DAM-4 meeting has a pretty dynamic format and every architect will come with preparation material, however not all architects will present their material at the combined meeting.

Preparation Material

Presentation Template (odp)

DAM-4 Presentations