Open Source Summit 2017 Combines LinuxCon and Three Other Events

Press Release | The Linux Foundation | November 17, 2016

The Linux Foundation today announced it will combine LinuxCon with two other events and a brand new Community Leadership Conference in 2017.

Now called Open Source Summit, the event will bring LinuxCon, CloudOpen, and ContainerCon together under one umbrella and in three locations: North America, Europe, and Japan.

The Community Leadership Conference, led by community-building expert and consultant Jono Bacon, will also join the Open Source Summit in North America and Europe.

“As open source continues to grow and expand into new areas such as hardware, data, IoT, standards, and beyond, having an accessible, productive community strategy is critical for success,” Bacon said. “I am excited to launch the Community Leadership Conference as part of the Open Source Summit to support the continued evolution of community leadership and the success of those who practice it.”

The Linux Foundation organizes hundreds of open source community events each year, and LinuxCon has always been its largest one. In recent years the conference has grown along with the role of open source in business to include co-located events such as CloudOpen, ContainerCon, Xen Project Summit, CloudNativeDay, and others.

“In recent years, open source has expanded to be the default software in virtually every area of technology, so it is important that the broad community have a place to gather and exchange ideas,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit will gather the best and brightest from every corner of open source technology together for an event where they can collaborate and share best practices.”

The Linux Foundation today announced Open Source Summit, which will bring LinuxCon, CloudOpen, and ContainerCon together under one umbrella and in three locations- North America, Europe, and Japan. CC-BY

Each of the four conference areas will bring a different part of the open source community to the table, providing a holistic overview of the industry for attendees of the new Open Source Summit.


This is the event where leading maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community and from around the world gather together for updates, education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux ecosystem.


Leading experts in both the development and operations communities will come together to share ideas and best practices for container technologies with a focus on DevOps culture, automation, portability and efficiency. The goal of the event is to bring companies on the leading edge together with users and developers to continue to innovate on the delivery of open source infrastructure.


The open source projects, products, technologies, and companies driving the cloud, big data and networking ecosystems of today and tomorrow gather at this event. They discuss cloud platforms, automation and management tools, DevOps, virtualization, containers, software-defined networking, storage and filesystems, big data tools and platforms, open source best practices, and much more.

Community Leadership Conference (North America and Europe only)

Leading practitioners who are building empowered and productive open source communities come together to share their expertise. Whether its focus is on collaborative workflow, licensing, governance, outreach, messaging, social media, or anything else, there is sure to be content and conversation that will bring value to any organization or project.

Registration for The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit Japan, North America and Europe will open in December. Organizations interested in sponsoring these events can download a prospectus from

The events will take place at the following dates and locations: