SOURCE: The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation

August 01, 2011 14:08 ET

Media Advisory: Photo Opportunity -- Linux Creator Linus Torvalds and Other Hackers Don Penguin Suits, Tuxedos at Formal Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Linux

Special Exhibit and Gallery Puts Linux Artifacts on Display for First Time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2011) - Linux, the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing and the operating system that competes with Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer at a special event in Vancouver, B.C.

The LinuxCon Gala, hosted by the nonprofit Linux Foundation, is a formal evening event taking place at the annual conference dedicated to all matters Linux: LinuxCon North America.

The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, will be joined by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, Internet guru and author Clay Shirky and the Software Freedom Law Center's Eben Moglen, among hundreds of other software industry luminaries.

The LinuxCon Gala: Celebrating 20 Years of Linux
Roaring 20s theme: two live bands, casino, dinner, onsite tuxedo and flapper dress rentals, step-and-repeat entrance

August 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.
868 Granville Street

Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other key personalities that represent Linux's past, present and future

Photo Opportunities

  • Software industry luminaries arriving and stopping at the step-and-repeat at the entrance to the event
  • Software industry luminaries in formal wear: tuxedos and flapper dresses
  • Swing dancing, casino games, throwing dice

Special 20th Anniversary of Linux Exhibit and Gallery
In addition to the formal evening event, The Linux Foundation is producing a special 20th Anniversary of Linux Exhibit.

The Exhibit will include a wall-size, 20-year timeline that highlights important Linux community and industry milestones, as well as more than 100 photographs, videos and physical artifacts donated by the Linux community.

The collection includes the original programming books used by Linux creator Linus Torvalds (donated by Torvalds), some of the first machines and phones to have run Linux, the first purchase order made for Red Hat Linux, along with items from the most popular Linux distributions.

August 17-19, 2011
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PT

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street

Photo Opportunities:

  • Wall-size timeline that includes photographs, video and mounted shelves with unique Linux artifacts
  • Glass case displays of unique, historical Linux memorabilia, including hardware, software and other physical items
  • Framed Linux T-shirts, a la Hard Rock Café display style

About LinuxCon
LinuxCon and the LinuxCon Gala are organized and hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux. Linus Torvalds is a Fellow at The Linux Foundation. LinuxCon is the world's leading conference addressing all matters Linux for the global business and technical communities. Sold out every year since its debut, LinuxCon includes in-depth technical content for developers and operations personnel, as well as business and legal insight from the industry's leaders. For more information, please visit

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community's leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo and the Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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