Sep 20 – 24, 2021
US/Pacific timezone


How much does it cost?

The 2021 costs and schedule will be on the Attend page.

How can my organization become a Sponsor?

First of all, thank you for asking! Linux Plumbers Conference sponsorship is managed by the Linux Foundation. You can find details in the 2021 Sponsorship Brochure. Great benefits come with sponsorship. Please check it out. 

When does registration open?

Following feedback from last year, we anticipate opening registration mid 2021. This means we should have a significant portion of the conference content available when Registration opens.  See our Attend page for registration details.

How do I get on the registration waiting list?

Should we run out of places, we'll post details about the waiting list here.

When does registration end?

At the latest, registration may end on the night before the conference opens. However, we have a maximum capacity and registration closes as soon as we reach that capacity. Typically this happens prior to the closing day, hence registering earlier rather than later is advisable.

Is there a discounted rate?

No, but with Linux Plumbers 2021 being a virtual event we have decided to use a low, fixed price for everyone.

How do I submit a microconference proposal?

Our Call for Proposals page for instructions on suggesting Microconference topics and submitting proposals will be posted soon. Please note that a successful microconference requires buy-in and participation from maintainers and other high-profile people active in the area. So, if you submit a microconference proposal, you will also need to encourage others to submit talk proposals relevant to your topic.

The program committee has the final say in choice of microconference topics. Each microconference must have a runner, who will have a final say in what talks are accepted into that microconference.

What is the purpose of the Linux Plumbers Conference?

The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a developer conference for the open source community. The LPC brings together the top developers working on the “plumbing” of Linux — kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, etc. — and gives them three days to work together on core design problems. The conference is divided into several working sessions focusing on different “plumbing” topics, as well as a general paper track.

A good topic will cut across community boundaries, and should generate vigorous discussion leading to beneficial change. One excellent example from a past LPC was “From Naught to Sixty in 5 Seconds” back in 2008. This topic involved a sizeable fraction of the Linux-related software stack, and required coordinated changes to many components. It set the goal of booting a netbook in five seconds, and within a few months actually achieved a three-second boot. That said, talks describing lessons learned during an already-completed implementation effort are also welcome, as long as they are likely to generate good discussion and to help others avoid similar pitfalls in future implementation efforts.

Do you have an anti-harassment and discrimination policy?

Yes. You can find our policy on the Anti-harassment policy page.


GDPR and Plumbers

The purpose of Plumbers Conference is to engage in active discussions and presentations around the various topics and to preserve descriptions of that interaction and its outcome for posterity.  As such all presentation material, video and audio recording of interactions in conference sessions and any data required to keep a permanent record on the Linux Plumbers website of the sessions, their timing and details of the presenters is considered essential data of the conference and will not be erased on request.

To facilitate the discussions around content creation, the email addresses of session organizers are usually published on our website (thus becoming essential data).  If you wish for this not to happen, we can set up a mailing list for you and publish the mailing list address instead.

You are not required to create an indico account on this site and if you do you may delete it at any time, but be aware that any information in that account which was used to create a conference session will be retained as essential data as explained in the first paragraph.

All attendees of the Linux Plumbers Conference are required to register with the Linux Foundation and will be processed under Linux Foundation GDPR policies, which will be shown and explicit consent obtained at the time of registration.

Any GDPR requests should be sent to

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