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linux.conf.au 2010 News

LCA2010 raises over $33,000 in support of Life Flight Trust!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 8 February 2010 – linux.conf.au 2010 is over, but the generosity of its delegates will leave a lasting impression on the Life Flight Trust.

During the conference closing dinner at the Wellington Town Hall, attendees bid to win a unique opportunity to join an action-packed Westpac Rescue Helicopter winch training mission. All bids were donations to Life Flight.

Delegates could donate online with their laptops and results were displayed in real-time on an open source application created by Andrew Caudwell of Catalyst IT.

At the end of the evening a $12,750 donation from Linux Australia brought the total funds raised to more than $33,000.

Life Flight CEO David Irving said, “Free open source software is founded on generosity and these supporters have certainly taken that value to heart.

“The funds raised will enable 13 people to receive emergency flights, which is a great outcome for the community.”

linux.conf.au bring together the global community of Linux enthusiasts who contribute to the operating system and the vast array of free and open source software that is transforming information technology around the world.

Life Flight Trust provides a national air ambulance service and the Wellington Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Life Flight Trust is a registered charity that relies on community donations to keep flying. For further information or to help save lives visit http://www.lifeflight.org.nz.

To donate to Life Flight Trust, please visit: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/LCA2010/.

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LCA2010 Photographic Competition Entries Available under CC Licence

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The entries for the LCA2010 Photographic Competition are now available. 265 photographs licensed under a Creative Commons license give a personal view as conference delegates toured around 4 separate quadrants of Wellington, all unique to a different style of culture - Courtenay, Cuba, Waterfront and Lambton. We hope you enjoy this special view, and thanks are due to everyone who entered a photo in the competition!

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Wenches for Winching and Rusty Russell in Bidding War

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Friday 22 January 2010 – "Wenches for Winching" and Rusty Russell in a bidding war for top prize at the charity fundraiser for linux.conf.au.

During the charity fundraiser at the LCA2010 Penguin Dinner, two charity syndicates emerged in a battle for the top prize - four people will be flown from the Life Flight Trust base in Wellington airport to a coastal training site where they will be winched from the chopper to the ground and up again all on an 8mm steel cable.

To support your syndicate remotely, visit the donation page and help support a great cause.

LCA2010 Announces Photographic Competition Finalists

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LCA2010 are proud to announce the 20 finalists for the Photographic Competition. With the aim of getting out and about Wellington city, delegates took photos from 4 different quadrants, unique to a different style of culture - Courtenay, Cuba, Waterfront and Lambton. All photos are licensed under a Creative Commons license.

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Courtenay

  • Dustin Kirkland (x2)
  • Jes Fraser
  • Tim Potter
  • William Gordon

Cuba

  • Jes Fraser
  • Chris Neugebauer
  • Evan Goldenberg
  • Nick Clifford
  • Tim Pokorny

Waterfront

  • Gopal Vijayaraghavan
  • Mike Beattie
  • Sara Falamaki
  • Evan Goldenberg
  • Tim Renouf

Lambton

  • Tim Potter
  • Evan Goldenberg (x2)
  • Gopal Vijayaraghavan
  • Sara Falamaki

LCA2010 Supports Life Flight Trust as Nominated Charity

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 18 December 2009 – linux.conf.au 2010 supports Life Flight Trust as Nominated Charity.

LCA2010 delegates are invited to make donations to the Life Flight Trust and be in to win an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience on Saturday 23rd January 2010. The highest donor/s will win the grand prize - a trip for four people as honorary crew-members on a helicopter winch training mission!

Delegates can donate as an individual and elect three friends of your choice to come along on this ride, OR enter as four people donating under one group name.

The Ultimate Prize:

Four people will be flown from the Life Flight Trust base in Wellington airport to a coastal training site where they will be winched from the chopper to the ground and up again all on an 8mm steel cable. A unique adrenaline-packed experience that money cannot *usually* buy.

The prize will also include

  • A cooked breakfast by the crew at Life Flight's Air Rescue Centre at Wellington International Airport at 8:00am
  • A safety briefing from the crew
  • Photo opportunity with crew and Westpac Rescue Helicopter
  • Return flights on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from base to training ground
  • Participating on the winch training exercise

How do I make a donation and be in to win?

Donate with your credit card at http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/LCA2010/. All donations are made directly to The Life Flight Trust. Keep a look out around the venue screens for progress on donations. Remember you can donate individually or collaborate with others, and it will take place on Saturday 23 January (See Terms and Conditions for some exceptions).

The winner of this unique opportunity will be the highest donation received by an LCA2010 delegate on 5pm FRIDAY 22 JANUARY 2010, and the winner will be announced at the Penguin Dinner on Friday night, so make sure you include your contact details (including mobile phone number) when you bid so we can arrange your flight. Allow 2 hours for this experience.

LCA2010 team would like to thank those in advance for supporting Life Flight's critical emergency services, and encourage those who could not make LCA2010 this year to donate to them as the LCA2010 nominated charity.

Terms and conditions:

Life Flight is an emergency service. Emergency missions will take priority over the training mission. Due to safety requirements the training mission is also weather dependent, and may need to be postponed if the weather is not suitable or an emergency mission takes priority.

About linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the world's best conferences for free and open source software! The coming linux.conf.au, LCA2010, will be held at the Wellington Convention Centre in Wellington, New Zealand from Monday 18th January to Saturday 23rd January 2010. LCA2010 is fun, informal and seriously technical, bringing together Free and Open Source developers, users and community champions from around the world. LCA2010 is the second time linux.conf.au has been held in New Zealand, with the first being Dunedin in 2006.

For more information see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

For more information see: http://www.linux.org.au/

Emperor Penguin Sponsors

LCA2010 is proud to acknowledge the support of our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, InternetNZ, Google, HP and IBM.

For more information about InternetNZ, see: http://www.internetnz.org.nz/

For more information about Google, see: http://www.google.com/

For more information about HP, see: http://www.hp.com/

For more information about IBM, see: http://www.ibm.com/

linux.conf.au 2010 opens with live streams!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 18 December 2009 – linux.conf.au 2010 welcomes over 700 technologists streaming live sessions.

linux.conf.au continues to be one of the premier Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) conferences in the calendar year with strong community and corporate support in 2010. 700 delegates were welcomed during the opening session, with news that the conference sessions would be streamed live for the duration of the week.

Live streaming is a first for LCA2010, and linked through from the schedule page on http://lca2010.org.nz.

Delegates have arrived from New Zealand (40%), Australia (40%) and the rest of the world (20%). LCA2010 also has the highest percentage of women attending the conference this year at 15%, with a total of 26 women speakers over the course of the week. Also represented at the conference are people from pacific nations such as Tuvalu and the Philippines receiving financial assistance as part of the InternetNZ Oceania Programme. Life Flight Charity, http://www.lifeflight.org.nz/, was also announced as the official charity for the event, offering a prize of a helicopter trip over Wellington and a thrilling 8mm wire winch up to 4 people who donated the most to the charity during the week.

About linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the world's best conferences for free and open source software! The coming linux.conf.au, LCA2010, will be held at the Wellington Convention Centre in Wellington, New Zealand from Monday 18th January to Saturday 23rd January 2010. LCA2010 is fun, informal and seriously technical, bringing together Free and Open Source developers, users and community champions from around the world. LCA2010 is the second time linux.conf.au has been held in New Zealand, with the first being Dunedin in 2006.

For more information see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

For more information see: http://www.linux.org.au/

Emperor Penguin Sponsors

LCA2010 is proud to acknowledge the support of our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, InternetNZ, Google, HP and IBM.

For more information about InternetNZ, see: http://www.internetnz.org.nz/

For more information about Google, see: http://www.google.com/

For more information about HP, see: http://www.hp.com/

For more information about IBM, see: http://www.ibm.com/

LCA2010 Announces Photographic Competition

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LCA2010 and Wellington Photographic are proud to bring you the linux.conf.au 2010 Photography Competition. Wellington central city can be broken down into 4 quadrants - Lambton, Cube, Courtenay and the Waterfront. We'd like you to visit one or all of the quadrants over the week, and take a photo(s) showing us your perspective on the different parts of Wellington.

To enter, simply send your photo(s) for each quadrant in an email to photography@lca2010.org.nz with your full name, and the quadrant the photos relate to in the subject line before the cut-off dates below. You can submit up to 5 high resolution phtoos for one or all of the quadrants (in jpeg format) either by sending us the URL(s) to their location online or attaching your digital images. If you are able to provide a link, where possible please upload photos to flickr, tagged with #lca2010, #photocomp and either #courtenay, #cube, #waterfront, or #lambton.

Cut-off dates for each quadrant are:

Courtenay9am, Tuesday 19th January
Cuba9am, Wesnesday 20th January
Waterfront9am, Thursday 21st January
Lambton9am, Friday 22nd January

A maximum of 5 photos will be selected daily by our judges from each quadrant as finalists in the competition, and these winning photos will be displayed in the Michael Fowler Centre Foyer each day. The overall winner and runner-up will be chosen from the quadrant finalists and will be announced on Friday afternoon with prizes awarded at the closing Ceremony.

Note: You can enter on one or all of the days if you wish, and must be an LCA delegate to participate. All entries must be submitted under a Creative Commons License.

7 days to go to linux.conf.au 2010!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 11 January 2010 – 7 days to go to linux.conf.au 2010!

We are anticipating great things to happen at linux.conf.au 2010! With four fantastic keynote presenters: Gabriella Coleman, Benjamin Mako Hill, Glyn Moody, Nathan Torkington, and a terrific line up of speakers:

  • Patent defence for free software: Andrew Tridgell
  • Flying Rockets with Free Hardware and Free Software: Bdale Garbee and Keith Packard
  • Making yourself popular: a guide to social success in (and for) the Linux community: Matthew Garrett
  • PostgreSQL Development Today: Josh Berkus
  • Discarding data for fun and profit: Matthew Wilcox
  • Making production-ready filesystems: A case study using ext4: Theodore Tso

The Miniconf Schedules have all been announced! There are miniconfs in Arduino to open Government, from Wave to Business, attracting some high profile speakers:

Monday
  • Carl Worth: Cairo Graphics: Intro and Future
  • Angela Byron: Getting Your Feet Wet
  • Scott James Remnant: Cutting down boot times
  • Rusty Russell: Talloc: Pick Up Your Own Garbage!
Tuesday
  • Laurence Millar, (former CIO for New Zealand) - How can Govt procurement better support Open?
  • Stephen Schmid of OCIO - Aus/ Open Source Sand Pit
  • Andrew Stott, Director of Digital Engagement, United Kingdom
  • Paul Gunn: Weta Digital - Challenges in Data Centre Growth

There's something for everyone: Dinner events, social networking, a partners' programme, keysigning, hackfests, and morning yoga.

The open source conference, being held for the first time in Wellington, only the second time in New Zealand, attracts delegates from all around the world: From Andrew Stott, Director of Digital Engagement, United Kingdom, to Opetaia Simati, Tuvalu to Labour MPs, Hon. Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran.

To promote awareness of Open Source, linux.conf.au 2010 is holding a technical expo, the linux.conf.au 2010 Open Day:

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Date: Saturday 23 January 2010
Where: Wellington Town Hall
Admission: Free!

To register for linux.conf.au 2010, please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/register.

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LCA2010 Registrations Extended!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Thursday 24 December 2009 – Merry Christmas from linux.conf.au 2010!

Preparations have been going really well for what will be the best free and open source conference of the southern hemisphere! We were thrilled with the response to the conference schedule, and registrations for the conference have been coming in thick and fast. So much so that we even sold out of Early Bird Registrations almost a week early!

Registrations are due to close today. Although a number of people have been unable to register for LCA2010 because we have not been able to accept American Express payments. We're now making this possible. It will take a few more business days to get this working so we've decided to extend our registrations into January.

Only a limited number of tickets to linux.conf.au 2010 remain, so get in quick! Some of you were disappointed to miss out on Early Bird tickets. To avoid mass disappointment, please let your friends/colleagues know so that they don't miss out too.

To register for linux.conf.au 2010, please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/register.

Merry Christmas and see you in January!!

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HackOff is Back!

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Wellington Perl Mongers and Catalyst IT are joining forces to host a 'HackOff' event at LCA2010. The event is a team-based programming competition - with a focus on fun. From the announcement:

"Remember when coding was fun? Before you got bogged down with UML diagrams, architecture planning meetings, spec documents, unit tests and user documentation? For one evening, we'll take you back to how coding was meant to be - see a problem, solve it, move on. The first team to solve all the problems will be declared the winners and will receive the adulation of their peers (who knows, there may even be a prize)"

For more details of how it works and sample problems from the HackOff2008 event, visit the Wellington Perl Mongers web site: http://wellington.pm.org/hackoff/

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