Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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Disaster Recovery Lessons I Hoped I'd Never Have to Learn

The Black Forest Fire started on 11 June 2013 in Colorado, US, and quickly set a record for the most homes destroyed by a single forest fire in state history... 511 homes were completely destroyed, including Bdale's.

Thanks to careful disaster recovery planning driven both by Bdale's history in the IT industry, and by the proximity of the Waldo Canyon fire less than a year prior, it was only a few days before the return of and related sites to the Internet began. But not everything went according to plan...

This talk will review the plans made and state of resources at the time of the fire, what went right and wrong during mandatory evacuation, and how we put things back together after the abrupt and dramatic change in lifestyle mandated by the move to an apartment.

Bdale Garbee

In late 2012, Bdale retired from a long career at HP, culminating in more than a decade of service as HP's Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist. A contributor to the Free Software community since 1979, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He is perhaps best known for his long involvement in the Debian project, where he now serves as chairman of the Debian Technical Committee.

Bdale is President of Software in the Public Interest, and on the boards of directors of the Linux Foundation and the Freedombox Foundation.

In 2008, Bdale became the first individual recipient of a Lutece d'Or award from the Federation Nationale de l'Industrie du Logiciel Libre in France.