linux.conf.au 2007 meets demand by extending the official conference period to a full week, and broadening the scope and number of community organised streams, called “miniconfs”.
“linux.conf.au is regarded as one of the world’s best events for Linux and Open Source developers – this year, we have received more responses to our Call for Participation than ever before”, says Jeff Waugh, lead organiser, “Our audience demands quality and diversity, so for 2007, we are extending the main conference period to six days, promoting our much-loved miniconfs and adding fresh ideas such as Open Day.”
Over two hundred and fifty submissions were received for talks, tutorials, and miniconfs. The linux.conf.au 2007 programme will run over six days, with four keynote speakers, four complete days of miniconfs and presentations, an Open Day to present FLOSS achievements to families, students and the general public and our traditional recipe of fantastic evening events for conference attendees to catch up and unwind.
“Miniconfs are community organised streams, focusing on particular projects or interest groups in the Open Source world. Next year, we will host more than ever before, with thirteen events over two days”, said James Purser, miniconf chair and Linux Australia committee member. “Our attendees will be treated to an eclectic mix of old favourites such as Debian and Education,
and brand new streams such as LinuxChix and Open Source in the computer game and film industries.”
linux.conf.au 2007 participants can look forward to the following topics:
* Debian: Ever present and always popular, the Debian miniconf focuses on
the world’s largest community developed operating system.
* Education: For educators and technologists interested in the use of Open
Source in education.
* Embedded: A showcase of amazing devices with Linux at their heart, and a
fine opportunity to share and learn about this fast-growing topic.
* Gaming: Bringing game developers together to promote Open Source games,
and Open Source in game development.
* GNOME.conf.au: A meeting of the minds for developers and users of GNOME,
a desktop environment and developer platform.
* Movies: Covering the increasing uptake of Open Source solutions in film
production, in imaging and infrastructure.
* MySQL: Presenting practical applications of MySQL and related software,
through tutorials and developer discussion.
* OpenOffice.org: Case studies, workshops, demonstrations and tutorials
about the FLOSS world’s answer to Microsoft Office.
* PostgreSQL: Introductory and advanced topics for database administrators
working with PostgreSQL and developers keen to learn about the code.
* Research: Presentation of papers, case studies and workshops relating to
Open Source in Australian research.
* LinuxChix: Celebrating achievements in the Free Software world by women,
and presenting some of their experiences.
* Kernel: Lots of kernel developers getting together to teach and perform
their black arts. Presentations will range from introductory to scary.
* Virtualisation: A huge topic in the Open Source world over the last year
or two, this will cover virtualisation projects, problems and solutions.
(My first ever direct copy of a press release!).
For the record, I was going to submit a proposal for a speech, but decided against it on the grounds that I’m not sure that I’m even going to be able to make it to Sydney for LCA.