Keynote Speakers

The slides of the various keynote lectures are written and distributed under the License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5.

Jon "maddog" Hall - Executive Director, Linux International

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): Building a Software Economy for Tomorrow

Presentation: maddog.pdf

Abstract: Free Software is more than just receiving high quality software for running your government or your business. It is about creating local, high paying and skilled jobs for your people. Of having software that meets your needs, and of being sure that other countries or companies can not cut you off from the software you need. This talk will discuss in real money and opportunity terms the reasons for using FOSS, and give concrete examples of how closed source proprietary software fails to deliver needed solutions.

Bio: Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International (, a non-profit association of end users who wish to support and promote the Linux Operating System. During his career in commercial computing which started in 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager and educator. He has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, and SGI.
Mr Hall has worked on many systems, both proprietary and open, having concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and rightly recognized the commercial, educational and governmental importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software.
He has taught at Hartford State Technical College, Merrimack College and Daniel Webster College.
Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies".
Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations, including the USENIX Association.
Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software, and received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.

François Bancilhon - Chief Executive Officer, Mandriva Linux

The economoics of Open Source

Presentation: bancilhon.pdf

Bio: Prior to joining Mandriva, François Bancilhon gained extensive experience in successfully managing software companies as well as developing businesses in the information technology sector. He is a founder and was CEO of O2 Technology - an object-oriented database company that he successfully merged with Unidata in 1997. In 1999, he founded and ran as CEO Arioso, an ASP company that provides Human Resource and benefit management services to small and medium-sized businesses in the US. More recently, he was Chief Technology Officer of SomaLogic, a Biotech company based in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a founder and Chairman of the Board of Xyleme - an XML tools company based in Saint-Cloud, France.
François's career began in the academic world, both in Europe and in the US, in the field of relational and object-oriented databases.
Graduate of the "Ecole des Mines de Paris", François holds, among other academic works, a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jean-Pierre Laisné - Open Source Strategy Manager, Bull & ObjectWeb Consortium Chairman

Presentation: laisne.pdf

Bio: Open Source Strategy Manager for BULL S.A., Jean-Pierre Laisné is Chairman of ObjectWeb, a consortium composed of leading European Industry actors joining efforts to produce Open Source middleware.
Since 1997, Laisné has also served as Co-Founder and Vice-President of AFUL (French Speaking Linux Users' Association), a very active organization involved in lobbying for Linux and Open-Source software expansion. Jean-Pierre Laisné has 20 years of experience in the definition, organization and implementation of Information Systems for different sectors, such as insurance and industrial sectors, all around the world. He is a very strong supporter of any initiative that brings Open Source to the enterprise.

Harish Pillay - Manager, Partner Development Asia Pacific, Red Hat

Presentation: pillay-v2.pdf

Bio: Harish Pillay has been with Red Hat Asia Pacific since September 2003.
He is currently overseeing the company's ISV eco-system initiatives in Singapore and the region. The focus of this initiative is the Linux Applications Porting (LEAP) Center – a joint effort with Oracle. LEAP is based in Singapore.

Harish joined Red Hat from Maringo Tree Technologies, an open source consultancy, training and services company he co-founded in 2002. In 1999, he also co-founded Inquisitive Mind, a home-grown educational applications services provisioning business, where he was the principal planner and architect of the network, systems and applications. He had also previously held senior management and technical positions at Brokat Asia, Sembawang Media (now known as Pacific Internet), CSA Automated and CSA Holdings (now known as Computer Services Corporation).

Harish, an avid activist and leading commentator for open source, co-founded the Linux Users' Group Singapore (LUGS) in 1993. He is currently the President of the LUGS. Harish is also a senior member of the Singapore Computer Society and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. In 2005, he was inducted into the Oregon State University's Engineering Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in recognition of distinction in professional practice in the profession and to the society at large.

Harish has spoken at numerous events such as the iX Asia 2004, Asia Open Source Software Symposium, LinuxWorld Asia just to name a few. He also writes about technology and it's impact on developing economies focussing on the benefits open sourced software can bring. Harish has authored a chapter discussing the internet in Singapore in the book, “Asia Pacific Internet Handbook” ISBN 0-07-044519-2, published in 2002.

Sunil Saxena - Senior Principal Engineer in Software Solutions Group, Intel Corporation

Presentation: saxena.pdf

Bio: Sunil Saxena is Senior Principal Engineer in Software Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. The Software and Solutions group is responsible for enabling the Intel Architecture products through operating system enabling, ISV enabling, solutions enabling, core system software enabling, and providing leading-edge products such as compilers, libraries, and tools that allow customers to get the full performance benefit of Intel architectures.

Dr. Saxena received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Waterloo and received his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1975. He started working for Intel in 1993 and contributed to SVR4-MP, first multi-processor UNIX for the PC. He has been instrumental in creating and enhancing the value of Intel's silicon and platforms through innovations in software technology.

Dr. Saxena made extensive contributions in the success of multiple generations Intel processors (x86, i860, and Itanium) and has spearheaded Linux and UNIX kernel development for the past 23 years. He has been directing engineering efforts at Intel for the past twelve years. He consults with Linux distributors, industry and community for enhancement of Linux for Itanium and IA-32 processors architectures and platforms.

Nguyen Ba Quynh - Deputy General Manager,Systems, Technology & Software Group, IBM Vietnam & Indochina

e-Goverment Architecture and Linux

Presentation: nguyenbaquynh.pdf

Abstract: Government IT is undergoing a revolution—shifting from proprietary systems to an open source computing environment. The public sector is adopting the open source Linux® operating system as the foundation for this shift to provide better citizen services, minimize security risks and lower IT costs. Thousands of government IT organizations in more than 100 countries, representing every level of government, have adopted Linux. The demand for higher levels of citizen services continues to rise. Energized by their own experiences on the Internet, individuals and businesses are demanding the same level of Web-based services from the public sector—what could be called e-government on demand. Because it has a built-in affinity for the Internet, Linux can be an ideal platform for creating such self-service Web applications.

The support for open standards enabled by Linux is helping government IT organizations minimize their security risks through vendor independence. By leveraging the ability of Linux to support a variety of platforms—including IBM eServer® systems—governments can avoid the pitfalls of proprietary solutions. The openness of Linux also provides freedom to choose the best software, the best vendors and the best consultants to meet your requirements.

Linux is also an excellent platform for providing great constituent services with shrinking budgets. In fact, recent research from the TowerGroup found that, compared to UNIX® and Microsoft® Windows NT® platforms, Linux has the lowest license, installation, administrative and support costs for certain business functions. Because IT systems based on Linux can help lower infrastructure costs, this in turn can free up more IT budget for developing and deploying new or improved services—such as Web-based motor vehicle registration and renewal.

Since Linux was introduced in 1991, no other operating system has spread as quickly across such a broad range of systems. According to studies by market research firm IDC, Linux is currently the fastest-growing server operating system, with shipments expected to grow by more than 34 percent per year over the next four years. The growth of Linux is attracting large numbers of software companies. The IBM Global Solutions Directory lists more than 4,000 applications that run on Linux, enabling you to leverage the value of Linux through innovative new applications as well as widely used, proven applications. With its high performance and extensive scalability, Linux can help improve response to unexpected constituent demands and help speed new government initiatives. By harnessing increasingly powerful Intel® processor–based servers, Linux can help the government sector leverage inexpensive commodity hardware to perform critical functions.

Linux can benefit four key areas

  • Workload consolidation: By consolidating distributed workloads (such as Web serving) from competitors’ systems onto IBM platforms, government agencies can realize reduced costs, efficient resource utilization and simplified management.
  • Distributed Linux: Government agencies with geographically dispersed locations can leverage low-cost, centrally managed, robust Linux servers that are easy to replicate.
  • Clusters: IBM Linux clusters include scalable configurations of servers, storage hardware and cluster management infrastructure. These clusters are augmented with pre-integrated, pretested IBM middleware and IBM services tailored to government requirements—providing superior scalability and low-cost modular growth that is easy to deploy and manage.
  • Application solutions: IBM middleware—WebSphere®, DB2®, Tivoli® and Lotus®software—running on Linux and IBM eServer systems can enable governments to leverage technology to lower costs and improve services to constituents in vital areas such as voter registration and election monitoring, permit payment and tracking, work-flow management and statistical analysis.
Bio: Mr. Quynh leads the Systems, Technology & Software Group of IBM Vietnam, the team of professionals focusing on designing total solutions for IBM clients in Vietnam. Mr. Quynh has broad knowledge of IBM products, solutions and technology.