According to the Foundation, LinuxCon North America will host the formal celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Linux. Torvalds, himself, who seldom goes out to shows anymore, will be attending and will participate in an interview-style keynote in which he will discuss technical advancements and challenges related to the Linux kernel with kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman.
The convention will also feature a "20 Years of Linux" panel that will include Linux and open source luminaries Jon "maddog" Hall, Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) veteran and advocate, and Eben Moglen, the Software Freedom Law Center founder. The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin will moderate the exclusive panel.
Also confirmed for the final program is a keynote from Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Chairman Emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology and Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at IBM, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger was largely responsible for IBM's early commitment to Linux.