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linux.conf.au 2010 News

LCA2010 Open Day

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 23 November 2009 – Showcase your free and open source projects at the LCA2010 Open Day!

On Saturday 23 January 2010 from 11am to 2pm the doors to the LCA2010 Open Day will be open to the general public. The LCA2010 Open Day is an opportunity to showcase the use of free and open source (FOSS) software in your project, organisation, community, classroom or government agency. OLPC NZ (One Laptop Per Child) will be there to entertain children with the new XO laptops. There will also be a number of talks scheduled during the LCA2010 Open Day, which will introduce you to FOSS software. The event is free for all to attend.

The LCA2010 Open Day will abate your curiosity in many technical areas, with its stalls showcasing technical products and services. Stallholders and attendees can rub-shoulders with some of the world's most prestigious technical gurus.

"Having a stall at the LCA2010 Open Day is free to stall-holders and a great opportunity to showcase your company, community or project", said Jayne Foster, Open Day co-ordinator. "The event is open to the public and often their first exposure to FOSS software!"

There are only a limited number of stalls remaining. To take up this invaluable opportunity, contact Jayne on openday@lca2010.org.nz and arrange your LCA2010 Open Day stall today!

For more information, including an Open Day Info Pack for stall-holders, please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/programme/open_day.

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Calling all Volunteers!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 16 November 2009 – The linux.conf.au 2010 Call for Volunteers have opened!

LCA2010 welcomes all those who would like to volunteer their time and help towards the running of the conference in Wellington. Helping at a major conference like LCA2010 can be a deeply rewarding experience and an opportunity to meet some exceptional people. There are a number of different volunteer roles that can be taken including administration of the registration desk, operating cameras and audio-visual gear, and many other technical and non-technical tasks.

"Volunteers are the unsung heroes of linux.conf.au every year", said Susanne Ruthven, co-director of LCA2010. "We're looking for reliable and motivated people who are looking to give up their time to help support LCA2010".

To apply to be a volunteer, please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/volunteer/new

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LCA2010 Early Bird Registrations have sold out!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Sunday 8 November 2009 – The linux.conf.au 2010 Early Bird Registrations have sold out!

There were only a limited number of Early Bird tickets available, which were set to close on Friday 13 November 2009, if not sold earlier.

Due to the overwhelming demand to attend linux.conf.au 2010, the Early Bird Tickets sold out sooner than expected, on the morning of Thursday 5 November 2009!

"We are thrilled with the number of people who have registered already," says Susanne Ruthven, Co-Director of LCA2010. "Delegates are excited about coming to LCA2010 and have been chomping at the bit to get the Early Bird tickets."

If you haven't already registered, you still have a chance! Registrations close on 24 December 2009.

To register for Linux.conf.au 2010 please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/register/register now!

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LCA2010 Early Bird Registrations have almost sold out!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Tuesday 3 November 2009 – The linux.conf.au 2010 Early Bird Registrations have almost sold out!

Time is running out to take advantage of the last few Early Bird Registrations for LCA2010. Due to overwhelming demand only a small number of Early Bird Registrations remain and are likely to sell out before the deadline of 13 November 2009. Early Bird Registrations are an excellent chance to book your LCA2010 experience early and save substantially on the price.

"We have had a huge response to the Early Bird Registrations!", says Andrew Ruthven, LCA2010 Co-Director. "The last Early Bird Tickets are up for grabs. Get in quick!"

To sign up for an Early Bird Registrations, please visit: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/register/register now!

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Congratulations to the winners of the LCA2010 Funding Programmes!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Friday 30 October 2009 – LCA2010 Organisers, in association with InternetNZ and Google, are proud to announce the recipients of the LCA2010 Funding Programmes!

The three funding programmes - InternetNZ Oceania Programme, InternetNZ Kiwi Fellowship and Google Diversity Programme - have been created to assist those delegates contributing to the Open Source community who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend LCA2010. All funding recipients receive a Hobbyist ticket to attend LCA2010, accommodation for the week of the conference, and a contribution towards the costs of travel to Wellington.

"The winners of our Funding Programme will bring a wealth of experience to LCA2010", said Brenda Wallace, LCA2010 Funding Manager. "We are especially pleased to be able to fund delegates from Tuvalu, Tonga and the Philippines as part of the InternetNZ Oceania Programme".

InternetNZ Kiwi Fellowship - LCA2010 will be the first time the conference has been held in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. LCA2010 and InternetNZ are proud to support New Zealanders contributing to the Open Source community by offering this funding programme.

Mark Osborne
Lynne Pope
Nicolas Steenhout

InternetNZ Oceania Programme - Many highly-skilled Open Source contributors are living throughout the greater Australasia and Pacific regions who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend linux.conf.au. LCA2010 and InternetNZ are proud to offer this out-reach programme in support of those communities.

Etuate Cocker
Andy Fitzsimon
Opetaia Simati
Bernard Ugalde

Google Diversity Programme - LCA2010 and Google are proud to support diverse groups, such as people with disabilities, and women. The Google Diversity Programme is designed to ensure LCA2010 continues to be an open and welcoming conference for everyone.

Sara Falamaki
Elizabeth Garbee
Liz Henry
Emma Jane Hogbin
Nancy Mauro-Flude

For more information about linux.conf.au 2010 please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz

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Last call for Miniconf proposals

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If you were waiting until the last minute to send your proposal to Miniconf organisers, now is the time to do so!

The following Miniconf calls for presentations are closing soon:

LCA2010 Registrations have now opened!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – 10th October 2009 – The linux.conf.au 2010 Registrations have now opened!

Registrations for LCA2010 have officially opened with a set of Early Bird prices to encourage delegates to get in early and book a place at the leading free and open source software conference of the southern hemisphere.

"Early Bird Registrations are an excellent way to book your place at LCA2010 and save money!", said Susanne Ruthven, Co-Director of LCA2010. "As soon as you see the great line up of speakers and talks in our schedule, we know you will want to get in quick and take advantage of a limited number of Early Bird Registration places!".

Professional - The Professional rate is the standard conference rate. This rate applies to most people who have their companies pay the conference fees and charge it as a professional development expense, or for individuals who can legitimately claim it is a tax deduction. The benefits of a Professional registration include:

Hobbyist - The Hobbyist rate is heavily discounted for free software enthusiasts who are paying out of their own pockets and would otherwise find it difficult to attend.

Student - This concession rate is reserved for College or University Students. LCA2010 offers this rate as a form of investment in the future of the free and open source software community.

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

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LCA2010 Schedule is now available!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 14 September 2009 – LCA2010 Organisers are proud to announce the schedule of talks for linux.conf.au 2010!

A full schedule of talks is now available for LCA2010. The conference brings together speakers from around the world presenting a variety of topics; from the strongly technical such as Linux kernel development, to social interaction within communities and issues relating to diverse and minority groups. linux.conf.au 2010 runs for a full week starting Monday 18th January, with more than 65 talk sessions, together with a number of Keynote presentations and 14 Miniconfs.

"We hope that everyone will enjoy the line-up of talks for linux.conf.au 2010" says Susanne Ruthven, Co-Director of LCA2010. "We had an exceptionally difficult task of choosing such a small number of papers from a list of well over 300 submissions! We believe our selection represents the wide range of speakers and topics from a diverse set of backgrounds who submitted papers - those from education and government, participating in free and open source software in their spare time or as part of their daily jobs. LCA2010 will be an event you cannot afford to miss!"

For more information, please see: the LCA2010 Schedule.

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LCA2010 Announces Three Funding Programmes!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Friday 11 September 2009 – linux.conf.au 2010 Organisers are proud to announce three funding programmes!

The three funding programmes - InternetNZ Oceania Programme, InternetNZ Kiwi Fellowship and Google Diversity Programme - have been created to assist those delegates contributing to the Open Source community who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend LCA2010.

InternetNZ Oceania Programme - Many highly-skilled Open Source contributors are living throughout the greater Australasia and Pacific regions who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend linux.conf.au. LCA2010 and InternetNZ are proud to offer this out-reach programme in support of those communities.

InternetNZ Kiwi Fellowship - LCA2010 will be the first time the conference has been held in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. LCA2010 and InternetNZ are proud to support New Zealanders contributing to the Open Source community by offering this funding programme.

Google Diversity Programme - LCA2010 and Google are proud to support diverse groups, such as people with disabilities, and women. The Google Diversity Programme is designed to ensure LCA2010 continues to be an open and welcoming conference for everyone.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer three great grant programmes", said Brenda Wallace, LCA2010 Funding Manager. "We've been overwhelmed with positive support from our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, InternetNZ and Google, in providing opportunities for more people to be able to attend the conference. I'm personally looking forward to notifying the winners!".

For more information, please see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/register/funding.

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LCA2010 Call for Miniconf Papers have opened!

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 7 September 2009 – The linux.conf.au 2010 Miniconfs have put out their Call for Miniconf Papers!

Miniconfs are an important part of linux.conf.au, allowing 1-day long dedicated streams for specific communities of interest over the course of two days. The Call for Miniconf Papers marks another opportunity for delegates to submit session proposals to a Miniconf of their choosing for selection. Among the Miniconfs being held in Wellington next year are - "The Business of Open Source", "Education", "Free the Cloud", and "Open and the Public Sector".

"We are thrilled with the line up of Miniconfs, and expect to see many papers being submitted" says Francois Marier, LCA2010 Miniconf Coordinator. "We would also like to encourage the many people who submitted papers to the main conference to also participate in the two days of Miniconfs."

linux.conf.au Miniconfs

Here are the details for each of the fourteen Miniconfs. This list is also available from the LCA2010 Miniconfs webpage.

Arduino Miniconf

The concept of Free / Open Source Software, already well understood by LCA attendees, is complemented by a rapidly growing community focused around Open Hardware and "maker culture". One of the drivers of the popularity of the Open Hardware community is easy access to cheap devices such as Arduino, which is a micro-controller development board originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional projects.

The Arduino Miniconf is looking for presentations that cover topics such as specific techniques ("Compiling Arduino apps from the command line") and projects ("How I built an Arduino-controlled autonomous submarine"). Topics can cover either hardware, software, or both.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Arduino

The Business of Open Source Miniconf

The "Business of Open Source" Miniconf is for people interested in business aspects of open source. Topics include licensing your work, building a market, building a community, gathering market data, distribution, communications, working with Open Source developers, working with governments and countries, working with procurement departments, corporate governance, funding, pricing, lessons from your experience, and whatever related topics people would like to bring up. Whether you are a student working on a one-person Open Source project, own your own Open Source consulting company, or create Open Source strategy for a multi-billion dollar company, this Miniconf hopes to bring different people together to exchange thoughts and facilitate discussion about these topics.

To submit a proposal: https://fossbazaar.org/content/lca-devbiz-january-2010

Data Storage and Retrieval Miniconf

All Linux users and developers need to store data and retrieve it in a timely and reliable fashion. All levels of the operating system are used to make this happen, from the storage devices and their drivers, to the file system, all the way to the database.

If you have something to say about storage hardware, file systems, RAID, LVM, databases or anything else Linux and storage related, please submit early and submit often!

To submit a proposal: http://miniconf.osda.asn.au/node/add/proposal

Distro Summit

The Distro Summit will have a strong focus on collaboration between Free Software distributions. We are looking for proposals from any Free Software distribution, from the typical full distributions (both Linux and non-Linux) to the niche market derivatives.

In spite of the strong focus on collaboration between Free Software distributions, topics may include packaging, maintenance, relationship with upstream developers, release management and QA.

To submit a proposal: http://distrosummit.org/cfp.html

Education Miniconf

The Education Miniconf will focus on educational uses of Free and Open Source initiatives used around the world, including tools for teaching and school management.

It will provide talks and workshops directly useful to educators, administrators and those interested in supporting education initiatives and/or influencing their direction and uptake.

To submit a proposal: http://laptop.org.nz/node/add/miniconfsubmission

Free the Cloud!

Personal computers are giving way to netbooks and mobile devices. The browser has become the main UI for end-user applications. Enterprises are moving from data centres to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted solutions. As computing ascends into the cloud, what will be the role of Free and Open Source software? And how will we preserve the hard-won advantages FLOSS provides?

In this Miniconf, we will discuss the theoretical and practical frameworks for freedom in the cloud; review the use of FLOSS and Open Content for consumer protection and to avoid business lock-in; and survey the Free Software that is providing an alternative to proprietary Web sites and cloud services.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Free_The_Cloud%21

Haecksen and Linuxchix Miniconf

This Miniconf is primarily organised by members of linuxchix.org.nz - people who play and work with Linux. However, this does not reflect the true range of women who are working and playing with all sorts of technology in Australasia and the Pacific: smart crafters, OLPC volunteers and, of course, many FLOSS contributors. We chose haecksen - the German feminine for "hacker" as a way to reflect this diversity and engagement with technology.

We would like to ensure a mix of listening and participating. As such, if anyone is interested in running a panel or discussion we would like to encourage them to submit. Suggested topics include: systems administration, networking, smart crafting, usability, cloud computing, professional development, the loyalty tax, community involvement, imposter syndrome, virtual servers, security, social engineering, hardware hacking, submitting your first patch.

To submit a proposal: http://haecksen.org.nz/node/add/miniconfsubmission

Libre Graphics Day

Do you develop, use, document, or train with Free Software Graphix tools? Tools such as GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Blender, Krita, Sk1, Fontforge and Fontmatrix. Are you involved in the testing and development of the sub-systems and libraries on which these apps depend? Perhaps you can share expertise in the 'How' of Libre Graphics? Could you talk about Design techniques and workflow? Pre- press, or Themes and Skins for open source web frameworks. What about Digital asset management? What about the Why? Communication strategy and effective marketing using graphic design. Open Source publishing? What about Digital Art just for Art's sake? Perhaps you have other ideas that relate to Libre Graphics?

We're calling for presentations related to Free Software in the Graphics domain, and aim to provide an environment for cross-project collaboration to build understanding of shared problems, and work towards shared solutions. Most of all, we just wanna have fun, and bring some of the Libre Graphics Love to the southern hemisphere.

To submit a proposal: http://libregraphicsday.org/cfp

Multicore and Parallel Programming Miniconf

The Multicore and Parallel Computing Miniconf offers a space to learn about Open Source contributions (existent or in progess) to the problem of developing parallel software. It aims to launch a conversation on how the Open Source Community, the Education sector, Scientists and Researchers, Developers and the Industry are looking at this new scenario. We invite presentations with a broad scope from specific code and technical developments, direct applications (i.e. games industry, HPC, etc) and scientific research to training on parallel programming and how the Open Source model will be central to developing a sustainable platform for multicore and parallel computing.

To submit a proposal: http://multicorenz.wordpress.com/lca2010-miniconf/

Multimedia Miniconf

The aim of this Miniconf is to allow Linux audio and video developers and users to meet and share ideas, and also to discuss multimedia-related issues with the developers of the kernel, networking and desktop systems. For all users, it will be a great way to see and hear the variety of tools available and to contribute.

The Multimedia Miniconf is an event for technical people, ordinary users, and artists that share an interest in Open Source media software. The event will offer talks with the latest updates on open source media software and standards around them, such as the recent HTML5 video element.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Multimedia

Open and the Public Sector

Free Software, Open Data, and Open APIs are already changing government: lowering costs, exposing waste, increasing transparency, and permitting citizens to use and extend government information and services. Though already making a difference, adoption is by no means as widespread as would make sense. While the benefits seem obvious to proponents, public sector IT managers often see considerable obstacles to adoption of free software,open data and practices.

This Miniconf will provide a forum to discuss the issues around Free Software use and Open Government practices as well as showcase some success stories and initiatives.

To submit a proposal: http://open.org.nz/lca2010-open-government-miniconf/

Open Programming Languages Miniconf

The Open Programming Languages Miniconf invites presentations about all programming languages with an Open Source implementation, such as Perl, Python, C, PHP and Ruby. Topics may include recent developments in open programming languages, interface design, portability and packaging, coding applications with cool new libraries and frameworks, and showing off the use of novel programming techniques.

Whilst most talks will be specific to a single language, the focus of this Miniconf will be on sharing techniques, best practices and values amongst programmers of all open programming languages.

To submit a proposal: http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm/cfp

System Administration Miniconf

The Systems Administration Miniconf will focus on tips, tricks, tools, and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both large and small. Attendees of this Miniconf will improve their ability to manage their Linux systems environment both now and in the future.

An important goal will be to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators. Topics can include: Systems Administration, Backups, Security, Troubleshooting, Buying Decisions, Virtualisation, Enterprise Monitoring and Management, Identity Management, Web and Email management, Wiki, Clustering and High Availability, Log Management, Spam and Virus Filtering, VOIP, Ticketing systems, Bootstrapping and automated installation, Configuration Management and packaging.

We strongly welcome topics on best practice, new developments in systems administration and cutting edge techniques to better manage Linux hosts and environments.

To submit a proposal: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/cfp10.html

Wave Developers

The Google Wave team is organising a Miniconf to provide the Wave community with a forum in which to share ideas, techniques and code. We are interested in talks covering any aspect of Google Wave, from APIs to federation to independent implementations to research - the only requirement is that any code must be Open Source.

To submit a proposal: http://sites.google.com/site/waveminiconfatlca/

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