linux.conf.au 2015 News

Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015

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Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that the Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will be part of Linux.conf.au for the first time in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015.

Technology is increasingly important in humanitarian response. Now responders are better connected to digital volunteers, more advanced tools such as unmanned-aerial vehicles give a better review of post disaster situations and great quantities of data can be collected and analyzed. Often these solutions are not expendable and are based on expensive proprietary solutions.

The Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will focus on two main audiences:

  1. Existing technologists who are interested in ways they can assist with technology in humanitarian response.
  2. Allowing existing projects and participants to share what they are working on and look for ways to integrate.

Technologists who work on UAVs, mesh networks, data collection platforms and content management will be invited to speak, and humanitarians to give a background in humanitarian response to those not familiar.

Kate Chapman is the Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Her most recent work has been in Indonesia working on a pilot program over the past year analyzing the feasibility utilizing OpenStreetMap for collection of exposure data. This project has hosted a OpenStreetMap mapping competition, a month long event to map critical infrastructure in Jakarta and assisting community facilitators in moving from hand-drawn maps to digital maps. Previous to working at HOT Kate was involved in development of multiple web-GIS applications including GeoCommons and iMapData.



The Kernel Miniconf will be at Linux.conf.au 2015

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The linux.conf.au 2015 conference is pleased to announce the Kernel Miniconf will be part of the programme in Auckland, New Zealand.

The linux kernel is the world's largest open source project and is at the heart of every linux distribution. The miniconf will be about all things kernel and is targeted mainly at experienced developers. Any interested parties will be welcome as always.

Key areas of discussion will be:

  • New developments and APIs
  • Pain points for users
  • Process/Community issues
  • Testing!!!

Tony Breeds is organising this year’s Kernel miniconf. He is a kernel developer focusing on powerpc. In his spare time Tony also maintains the kernel cross compilers on kernel.org



Clouds, Containers and Orchestration Miniconf at LCA 2015

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"Software defined everything," DevOps, and cloud are driving open source further and faster than we might have imagined possible just a decade ago. Most recently, Docker containers and orchestration have opened up all kinds of new opportunities to develop, deploy, and manage software from the developer's desktop well into production.

The linux.conf.au 2015 organisers are pleased to announce the Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration miniconf at LCA in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015. The miniconf will focus on the open source tools and best practices for working with cloud tools, containers, and orchestration software (e.g., Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, geard, and others). We'll have the leading developers working on those tools, as well as users who are deploying them in real production environments to share their knowledge and show where tools will be going in 2015.

Joe Brockmeier, the miniconf organiser, has a long history of involvement with Linux and open source. Currently he works on Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team, and is involved with Project Atomic, the Fedora Project's Cloud Working Group, is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He is a technology journalist and has written for ReadWriteWeb, LWN, Linux.com, Linux Magazine, Linux Pro Magazine, ZDNet, and many others.



Linux.conf.au 2015 announces the Multimedia and Music Miniconf

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Linux.conf.au 2015 are pleased to announce that the Multimedia and Music Miniconf will be part of the programme in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Miniconf’s website is at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2015_mmm/ where the Call for Papers and other information will be published soon.

Multimedia and music are a significant part of how information is produced and consumed in our increasingly connected world. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) ecosystem provides a rich collection of software tools allowing the consumption and creation of multimedia. The Multimedia and Music Miniconf at LCA 2015 will bring users and developers together to present, discuss and experience what FOSS multimedia and music software has to offer for content consumers and producers alike. The miniconf will close with an informal demo/jam session to allow FOSS community members to showcase their creations and inspire others.

This miniconf will appeal to a broad range of community members who have an interest in multimedia and music on open source platforms - users and developers alike.

The Multimedia and Music Miniconf is being organised by Jonathan Woithe and Silvia Pfeiffer who have also convened previous Multimedia + Music miniconfs at lca in 2011 - 2014. Previous years' proceedings can be found at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2014_mmm/

Jonathan, a Linux developer from Adelaide, Australia, has been a user since early 1990s, both privately and at work. Jonathan's primary open source focus is presently on software related audio and video production. He is one of the primary developers of the FFADO project (Free Firewire Audio Drivers ) and maintainer of the Fujitsu laptop driver in the Linux kernel.

Silvia has a long history of working on open media technologies through Annodex, Xiph, and more recently Mozilla and Google with the HTML5 video element and accessibility. At Google, she also became a WebKit/blink contributor. She is co-editor of the WebVTT and HTML5 specs at the W3C and now works for NICTA in Sydney. As well as the LCA Multimedia and Music Miniconf she has helped organise the LCA Digital Arts miniconf in 2006, and was an organiser of the Foundations of Open Media Software (FOMS) developer workshop in 2007, 2008, 2009, the two in 2010, the FOMS track at OVC 2011, and the ones in 2012, 2013. Silvia wrote the "Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video" in 2010.



Debian Miniconf returns to Linux.conf.au in 2015

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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

Announcing The Sysadmin Miniconf for Linux.conf.au 2015

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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.




Astronomy Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015

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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
Twitter: @itgrrl



Open Radio Miniconf confirmed for Linux.conf.au 2015

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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.


Linux.conf.au Miniconfs


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.

Our first Emperor Sponsor...

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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 sponsors@lca2015.linux.org.au

We look forward to a successful LCA 2015, and we thank Catalyst IT for their involvement, enthusiasm and generous support.

Steven Ellis
Co-Chair and Sponsor Liaison

Big announcement about upcoming announcements...

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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 (miniconfs@lca2015.linux.org.au) and if you have been accepted as a speaker then your contact will be Lisa Sands (speakers@lca2015.linux.org.au). 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!

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