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As largely self-organizing groups, free software projects have always faced unique challenges when they decide to formally incorporate. The choice whether to form a nonprofit or a for-profit carries not only legal but community consequences. Recently, these choices have only become more complex. The IRS is closely scrutinizing the applications of new free software nonprofits applying for tax exemption, and may apply more exclusive criteria to new applications than it has in the past. Recognizing a need, some established nonprofits have begun sponsoring the activity of smaller, unincorporated projects. And several U.S. states have adopted laws authorizing new "hybrid" corporate forms, "benefit corporations" organized for profit but dedicated to the public benefit. This presentation will discuss the changing corporate landscape of free software and discuss how projects should approach these issues when they consider incorporation.
While Wayland offers improved performance and the ability to create interesting new user experiences, the need to support legacy X applications will remain with us for a long time to come. Integrating X applications into the Wayland environment is a key requirement for the successful implementation of many X to Wayland migration plans. This presentation will describe the existing X environment, then describe how X works in Wayland and discuss the performance implications of the transition.
by Karl Rister
by Elena Zannoni and Kris Van Hees
DTrace is a tracing tool that was originally implemented for the Solaris operating system. We now have started the work of porting the tool to Linux. While still a work in progress (at version 0.2 currently), it already implements some of the most important providers that are useful for kernel debugging, such as the syscall provider, the profile provider, and statically defined tracing. The goal of the project is to maintain as much compatibility with the Solaris version as possible, allowing easy migration of existing scripts. The talk will cover some implementation details, and future direction of the work.
by Jesse Barnes and Marcel Holtmann
3rd–5th April 2012