Papers Info

The Call for Papers is now closed! We are invited proposals for three types of papers:

Presentations45 minutes
Tutorials1 hour and 45 minutes (short)
Tutorials3 hours and 30 minutes (long)

The LCA2010 Papers Committee accepted proposals for papers up until the close of business New Zealand time on Friday 24 31 July 2009. Successful Proposals will be notified in early September 2009. Rejected proposals may be recommended as being considered for other parts of LCA2010.

All presentations times include question times.

There is a separate process for submitting a one-day community organised mini-conference, see the Miniconf Info page.

Important Dates

Call for Papers opensMonday 29 June 2009
Call for Papers closesFriday 24 31 July 2009 17:00 NZST
Email Notifications from
Papers Committee
Early September 2009
Conference beginsMonday 18 January 2010

Information on Presentations

The LCA2010 Papers Committee is looking for a broad range of papers spanning everything from programming and software to desktop and userspace to community, government and education but there is one essential:

The core of your paper must relate to open source in some way, i.e., if it's a paper about software then the software has to be licensed under an Open Source license.

Proposals for papers on the following topics are welcome:

  • Kernel and system topics such as filesystems and embedded devices
  • Networking topics such as peer to peer networking, or tuning a TCP/IP stack
  • Desktop topics such as office and productivity applications, mobile devices, peripherals, crypto & security and viruses and other malware
  • Server topics such as clusters and other supercomputers, databases and grid computing
  • Systems administration topics such as maintaining large numbers of machines and disaster recovery
  • Programming topics such as software engineering practices and test driven development and talks about languages and libraries of interest to free software developers
  • Free Software and Free Culture topics, including licencing and Free and Open approaches outside software
  • Free Software usage topics, including home, IT, education, manufacturing, research and government usage
  • Multimedia
  • Useful programming languages and techniques

Most presentations and tutorials will be technical in nature, but proposals for presentations on other aspects of Free Software and Free Culture, such as educational and cultural aspects are welcome.

Information on Tutorials

LCA2010 tutorials are expected to have a specific outcome for attendees. Some specific examples might include: building a small website using a new library; producing a vector graphics illustration; programming a small piece of embedded hardware.

Tutorials may operate on the assumption that delegates have a laptop with a major Linux distribution installed and that they can install any software available through normal channels (apt-get, yum, etc) for that distribution. Please state any software installation requirements of this type in your abstract. Tutorials may also require the purchase of hardware if this is clearly stated in the abstract.

Other than the above, tutorials should not require delegates to do pre-tutorial installations or exercises before the alotted tutorial. If custom software or source trees are required to complete the tutorial, the Speaker must supply this and assist in installation during their tutorial slot. Please allow time for this.

If your tutorial requires specific skills, eg programming ability or familiarity with a particular programming language or piece of software, please specify this in your abstract.

Speakers submitting a proposal for a tutorial are invited to discuss their proposal with the Chairpersons of the Papers Committee prior to submission:

Information for Speakers

If Speakers would like to provide delegates with handouts or notes during their presentation or tutorial, it is the responsibility of the Speaker to arrange for and distribute these directly to delegates during your talk. LCA2010 Organisers will not provide Speakers with photocopying facilities in the lead up to or during LCA2010.

In recognition of the value that our Speakers bring to LCA2010, the Primary Speaker is entitled to:

  • Free registration as a Speaker, which holds all of the benefits of a Professional Delegate Ticket
  • Exclusive tickets to attend the Speakers' Dinner for the Primary Speaker and their immediate family
  • One free family ticket to the Partners' Programme which runs from Monday 18 January 2010 to Friday 22 January 2010

Secondary Speakers are not entitled to free registration or to any extra benefits. Tickets to attend the Speakers' Dinner and/or the Partners' Programme will not be extended to Secondary Speakers. do not and will not pay Speakers to present talks at LCA2010. is able to provide limited financial assistance for some Speakers, for instance, where flights and/or accommodation may prohibit the Speaker from attending LCA2010. Please note, there is a limited travel assistance budget so asking for travel assistance may affect your chances of acceptance.

Should I Submit a Paper

Rusty Russell has some fine perls (or should that be pythons?) of wisdom* for would-be submitters.

  1. Have you done something related to F/OSS you're excited about? If so, go to (3)
  2. Is there a great demand for information on some subject on which you are a leading, recognised expert? If yes, please submit an abstract1. If no, please do not
  3. When you describe/show this to collegues, are they interested? If no, please do not submit
  4. Is what you've done expected to be widely used? If yes, please submit2
  5. Is what you've done original and useful for other F/OSS projects? If yes, please submit3
  6. Is what you've done so insanely cool that it makes people say things worth quoting? If yes, please submit4
  7. If you reach here, don't invent something to speak about. It'll suck, because like me, you're not inherently interesting

Finally, be aware that preparing a presentation is a significant amount of work. You need to prepare and weed the material, cast it into a coherent presentation, and practice several times (on real people if you're not an experienced conference presenter). This takes a good couple of days' time. And never do a tutorial: it takes much longer to prepare and needs far more practice, since you need to time and test the user interaction as well.

Bad speakers happen, but in the past we have had some speakers who didn't prepare. This is unforgivable, and I always oppose accepting proposals from those speakers again: our attendees deserve (and demand) better. The miniconfs or BOFs are the place for ad-hoc presentations.

1 This covers "expert" talks like licencing talks, etc.
2 " development" vs "libmeanwhile development"
3 "A new typechecking tool" vs "Haskall[sic] type experiments"
4 "Build your own satellite" vs "My First Gnome Applet"
*This extract is taken from Rusty Russell's Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.1 Licence

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are evaluated by the Papers Committee, who are Australasian Free Software developers and community members. The Papers Committee's primary criteria is that your talk is suitable for an audience of Free Software developers and community leaders. The Papers Committee looks for passionate Speakers who are experts in their subject area. is a highly competitive conference; typically only approximately 25% of proposals for papers are accepted. In order to increase your chances of acceptance, your proposal should demonstrate your particular expertise in the subject of your talk, together with an understanding of the LCA2010 audience. Delegates of are largely technical people, most of whom are already involved in, or are running, one or more Free Software projects. The majority of accepted talks are pitched at an audience of near-peers. Promotional talks such as commercial advertisements and sales pitches are not appropriate for

If your talk is about a particular piece of software, this piece of software must be available under a Free Software licence. Please provide a link to the software homepage and to the licencing information in your proposal. If your talk is about more general aspects of software development or development communities your abstract should make clear the particular relevance to Free Software development.

For more information on submitting a Proposal to, please see How to get a conference abstract accepted and Getting a talk into, both written by members of the LCA2010 Papers Committee.

How to Submit a Paper

In order to submit a proposal for a Paper, you will need to:

  1. Create an account, which requires entering your full name and email address
  2. Confirm the account by clicking on the link emailled to you
  3. Sign in using that account
  4. You are now ready to submit a Paper proposal!

Please go to the Submit a Paper page and enter the following information in support of your proposal for a Paper. Most of the fields are optional. In order to increase your chances of acceptance, please provide as much information as possible.

  • The title of your paper
  • The type of paper: Presentation (45 minutes), or Tutorial (short - 1 hour and 45 minutes or long - 3 hours and 30 minutes)
  • An abstract summarising your paper, up to 500 words
  • Any special technical requirements
  • The target audience: Business, Community, Developer or User
  • The name of the project your paper relates to, including its URL
  • A short video about your paper, the project it relates to and/or yourself
  • Any additional files, including images, slides, etc
  • Whether accommodation and/or travel assistance is required
  • Information about you, including your name, phone number, homepage, biography and relevant experience
  • Whether materials relating to your paper can be released under a Creative Commons ShareALike License

Submitters will not be asked at any time for any papers or written material in support of your proposal for a Paper.

Papers Enquiries

LCA2010 Papers Committee

Speaker Enquiries

LCA2010 Speakers Organiser