linux.conf.au 2015 News
Submitted on 2014-09-13 12:05
We are excited to announce the return of the Debian Miniconf to Linux.conf.au after a break of 6 years. The Miniconf will run by Andrew Ruthven for a full day of Linux.conf.au 2015.
Debian was the earliest Linux distributions to be open for every developer and user to contribute their work. It continues to be the most significant distributor of Linux that is not a commercial entity (and even then, a number of commercial entities base their distributions on Debian).
As Debian remains a key part of the Linux ecosystem, this miniconf will collect together people from across the distros as there are a number of common interests.
Andrew is a Developer from Wellington, New Zealand, he has been running Debian on his home boxes since Bo was released and installed it using a shoebox full of 3.5" floppies. His first Bo install has been continually upgraded ever since, motherboards may have changed, RAID disks replaced, but it is still the same computer: cerberus.
In addition to using Debian at home, Andrew has been able to run Debian at every workplace he's had, both on workstations, laptops and servers. In 2012 Andrew became a Debian Maintainer and intends on upgrading to a Debian Developer when he has time.He was the co-director of Linux.conf.au 2010
Submitted on 2014-09-11 10:46
The linux.conf.au 2015 organisers are pleased to announce the Systems Administration Miniconf will be part of the programme at LCA in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015. lca2015 will be the miniconf’s 9th year and it has previously been one of the most popular miniconfs at LCA. Previous years' programmes with slides and video are available on the miniconf’s website sysadmin.miniconf.org.
The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on professional management of real-world Linux and open source environments, both large and small. The miniconf aims to include a diverse range of tools and techniques that will help keep your entire environment functioning smoothly, and accomplish more with less effort. An important goal will be to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators.
Ewen McNeill is the 2015 Sysadmin Miniconf organiser. Both Ewen McNeill and Simon Lyall have worked together to organise the eight previous miniconfs, and alternated running the miniconf. Both have attended linux.conf.au each year since 2004.
Ewen works as a consulting sysadmin, network admin and developer -- and increasingly finds these are all merging into different specialities of programming, with the increase in configuration management automation and Software Defined Networks. He has been involved directly and indirectly with production operations since the early 1990s, mostly in Internet-related networks and organisations.
A call for presentations at the Sysadmin Miniconf will be issued later in September 2014. Anyone interested in presenting is encouraged to visit the Sysadmin Miniconf website later this month for more details.
Submitted on 2014-09-10 05:01
The Linux.conf.au team are please to announce the Astronomy Miniconf will be part of the Linux.conf.au 2015 conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand this coming January.
Linux and open source technologies are used extensively in large-scale astronomy projects within Australia/New Zealand and throughout the world, and to a lesser extent in amateur astronomy. The Astronomy Miniconf will be a one-day stream at LCA2015, focused on the use of Linux and open source technologies in astronomy. It will primarily focus on the technical aspects of large-scale professional astronomy projects, but will include sessions on topics of interest to amateur astronomers.
The Astronomy Miniconf programme will include presentations from New Zealand professional astronomers on Linux/open source aspects of their work, as well as from LCA2015 delegates who will present on their own open source astronomy projects. Most of the more technical sessions will be of interest to the full range of LCA2015 delegates, not just those with a particular interest in astronomy.
Last year's inaugural Astronomy Miniconf was well attended and widely considered successful by attendees and LCA2014 organisers. You can sample videos of presentations from last year's miniconf on youtube.
Jessica Smith is the 2015 Astronomy Miniconf organiser, and will be coordinating the CFP (call for papers) for the miniconf. Details of the Astronomy Miniconf CFP will be posted on the LCA2015 mailing list
Organiser: Jessica Smith
Submitted on 2014-09-09 17:18
The Linux.conf.au team are excited to announce the Open Radio Miniconf will be part of Linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand this coming January.
Participants of the Miniconf will learn about Software Defined Radio, a little about RF and licensing, data encoding and open source radio software. then build, test and debug their very own Software Defined Radio using a low cost kit. The kit will cover reception of HF spectrum and allow transmission over short range.
The Miniconf will held on Monday the 12th of January and run by Kim Hawtin with assistance from Mark Jessop and David Rowe. All three are veterans of Linux.conf.au, they have many years of experience with Linux and Amateur Radio.
Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.
LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.
Submitted on 2014-09-05 18:44
One of the highest priorities of the LCA 2015 team has been to have as much local involvement as possible. Yes, this is linux.conf.au but it will be in Auckland! We're really excited about that so couldn't wait another minute to announce our first Emperor Sponsor - Catalyst IT.
We are so thrilled! The team at Catalyst IT has already made a significant contribution to the preparation of our conference and have gone out of their way, giving more than just financial support, to ensure that LCA 2015 is a success. Their overall contribution has been invaluable - and now this!
Catalyst says: "linux.conf.au is the jewel in the crown for open source conferences in the Southern Hemisphere. We are delighted to be able to support this event for the Open Source community and the Catalyst team is very much looking forward to starting 2015 by catching up with other technologists and geeks, sharing and learning, and contributing to the growth of free and open source software."
Scheduled to be held at the University of Auckland from the 12th to the 16 January 2015, linux.conf.au is widely regarded by delegates as one of the best community run Linux conferences worldwide. Each year open source geeks from across the globe gather in Australia or New Zealand to meet their fellow technologists, share the latest ideas and innovations, and spend a week discussing and collaborating on open source projects.
linux.conf.au is continuing to seek sponsorship for the event, with several sponsorship levels still available. However, sponsorship seats are filling up fast! If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, then act quickly and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to a successful LCA 2015, and we thank Catalyst IT for their involvement, enthusiasm and generous support.
Co-Chair and Sponsor Liaison
Submitted on 2014-08-31 14:11
The Papers Committee weekend went extremely well and without bloodshed according to Steve, although there was some very strong discussion from time to time! The upshot is that we have a fantastic program now, with excellent presentations all across the board.
We have already begun contacting Miniconf organisers to let them know who has been successful and who hasn’t, and over the next couple of weeks we will be sending emails out to everyone who submitted a presentation to let them know how they fared.
If you have been accepted to run a Miniconf then your contact will be Simon Lyall (email@example.com) and if you have been accepted as a speaker then your contact will be Lisa Sands (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be asking for a photo of you and your twitter name, as we will be running a Speaker Feature about a different presenter each day - don’t worry - you will be notified on your day!
We want to give great thanks to everyone who submitted papers - you are all still winners in our eyes, and we hope that even if you weren’t selected this time that won’t put you off attending the conference and having a great time. Please note that due to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to provide feedback on why any particular submission was unsuccessful.
Our earlybird registration will be opening soon, so watch this space!
Submitted on 2014-08-23 18:53
This weekend is the Papers Committee weekend, and Steven (Ellis) is now on his way over to Sydney to join our revered Papers Committee for a fun-packed weekend deciding which of the many submitted presentations to chose from for our conference next year.
It’s a very important job, crucial, even! I don't envy them, trying to foresee what is going to be at the top of everyone’s must-see list, predicting what will be trending in 6 month’s time, and what will have died a sad, lonely death or sputtered out after a brief burst of glory in the meantime.
Then there’s the programme... Who fits together? Who shouldn’t be opposite whom? And on it goes. It will be hard work! After speaking with the Chairs of the committee (Michael Davies and Michael Still) we've learned that this is traditionally a passionately fought process with each and every person focussed intently on ensuring that our delegates have access to the best presentations currently and soon-to-be available.
“The Michaels” know the conference and its audience and the rest of the committee is made up of past organisers, some FOSS celebrities and past presenters - most of whom have done this job many times now. Steve has been sent with some strict instructions about the presentations our team wants to see and the format of the conference itself that has some new, exciting ideas.
To those in the Papers Committee gathering together this weekend to make these important decisions - we wish you all a safe journey there and back again, and we say Stand Your Ground!
To those of you who have submitted a presentation we say "Good Luck - you are all wonderful in our eyes!
All the best
The LCA 2015 team
Submitted on 2014-07-30 18:41
Plans are coming along really well for linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland. We're very much looking forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime it's time to start thinking about plans for 2017.
Here is the timeline:
- July - Council works with Bid Teams to help them prepare their bids, answering questions and providing guidance.
- 8th August - Submission of formal bids closes.
- August - Council clarifies any questions regarding the bids and reviews them.
- September - Council conducts Site Inspections with shortlisted Bid Teams.
- October - Council decides on the winning city and informs the Bid Teams.
- January - The winning bid is announced at linux.conf.au 2015.
If you have ever sat in the back of a LUG meeting or an LCA talk and had an informal chat to someone about running an LCA now is the time to put that idea into action. If you were the person two seats back listening in, go bug that person to put in a bid!
If you haven’t already, the first thing to to do is to send an email to Council@linux.org.au to let them know you are thinking of submitting a bid. You should also CC email@example.com, this might help you find other people keen on helping you out.
Once you've done that here are two documents to help you get started:
The first outlines what is required for the bid process, while the second give a fairly detailed overview of the sorts of things you need to think about when preparing to run an LCA, and provide example bid documents.
There is also a comprehensive Event Portal with lots of useful information on how to run a successful event at http://wiki.linux.org.au/Linux_Australia:Events_Portal
So go out, get your team together, talk to some venues/vendors and start bidding to run the next awesome LCA! Armed with your amazing organising skills, this is your opportunity to show off your city, do what you always wanted to do at LCA, add something extra special to the conference and have a say in the programme of the conference.
This is something you will remember for a lifetime and gain life-long friends, professional contacts and the experience looks amazing on a resume. Not to mention, it’s great fun to run!
If you are thinking of bidding, please put your hand up sooner rather than later so that the Council can make sure you get the support you need to prepare a high quality bid. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any help in preparing your bid.
Submitted on 2014-07-21 21:16
The Call For Papers is now closed. The last 6 weeks has been very exciting as we’ve watched all of those paper submissions flow in.
To those of you who have submitted a presentation to us - good luck, and thank you! You should hear from us in September whether you have succeeded.
There are more and more wonderful things happening each day.
The LCA 2015 Auckland Team
Submitted on 2014-07-14 11:48
The Call for Proposals (CFP) opened on the 9th July, and the quality of submissions so far has been fantastic. There has been some requests for extension from potential speakers, and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their proposal considered! Originally scheduled to be closed on Sunday 13th July, the papers committee has agreed to extend the deadline until midnight Sunday 20th July as we know there are more stories out there that deserve attention.
For those of you still considering submitting a proposal, there is only one rule:
Your proposal must be related to open source
This year the papers committee is going to be focused on open source in education as well as our usual focus on deep technical content.
If you have been working on something interesting, now is the time to tell the world! Visit linux.conf.au/cfp to register and for more information, including some very useful tips and tricks for submitting a proposal.
- Call for proposals now closes: Midnight 20 July 2014 NZ Time
- Email notifications from conference organisers: September 2014
- Early Bird registrations open: 23 September 2014
- Conference dates: Monday 12 - Friday 16 January 2014
LCA (linux.conf.au) is a meeting place for the free and open source software communities. It will be held in Auckland at the University of Auckland Business School from Monday 12 to Friday 16 January, 2015, and provides a unique opportunity for open source developers, students, users and hackers to come together, share new ideas and collaborate.
The LCA2015 team