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LCA 2006 Update

The time has come for me to provide another LCA update, especially for those people who have been searching for combinations fo my name and the conference name.

I got three emails from Nick Phillips which all said

We’re sorry, but your talk, …, was not one of those accepted for presentation at LCA2006

It isn’t all bad news though

We’ve been very impressed by the standard of talks submitted overall, and
have had a really tough job trying to decide which talks to accept — it
looks like it’s shaping up to be a great conference!

For more information on the programme as it takes shape, have a look at — to register (registration is
now open), see

We look forward to seeing you in Dunedin!

They can look forward to it all they like, but the bottom line is that I can’t make it. It probably would be nice, but I’m sure plenty of other people will fill my seat.


1 comment October 11th, 2005 at 07:38am

LCA Speakers Actually Notified

According to an email I got from one of the LCA organisers, the speaker notification procedure has now actually begun. Here is what Mike Beattie wrote:

Hi folks, just a quick note to let you know that we’re currently in
the process of organising the presentation streams, and will begin notifying
you of the status of your submission shortly – notificatioins will be
staggered and some will be happening within the next few hours.

We do apologise for the delay in this process!

Thanks for your patience,

Well thankyou Mike for finally ending the agonising wait, and I mean this, thankyou.

The upshot of all this is that I should know in the next 48 hours or so whether any of my submissions have been accepted or not. I’ll keep you up to date as more news comes to hand.


October 6th, 2005 at 12:20am

LCA 2006 in 2007?

At this rate Linux.Conf.Au 2006 might not get underway until 2007 or later. The dates have just been pushed back again, Speaker Notifications don’t start until October 2, Speakers & Program are now being announced on the same day as each other, October 6, and the rest of the dates are as they were


September 28th, 2005 at 10:54am

LCA Speaker Notification Delayed

According to the Linux.Conf.Au 2006 organisers, there has been a massive number of submissions for LCA, so they have had to delay speaker notifications and attendee registrations.

The new dates are as follows:
September 28: Speaker Notifications Start
October 3: Speakers Announced
October 6: Program Announced
October 7: Early Bird (cheaper) Registrations Open
November 18: Early Bird Registrations Close (Prices Rise)

Naturally, registrations will close when places run out.


2 comments September 24th, 2005 at 01:39pm

LCA Speakers Notified

Today is the first day of notifications for LCA 2006 speakers, this means that some time in the next week or so I will be informed whether or not one of my submissions has been accepted.

The emails that were sent out as confirmation of submission said that this would be a ten day process, whereas the LCA website says that the list of speakers will be published on the 25th of this month. I’ll keep you informed.

On a mildly related note, if you are after a laugh, have a look at the guidelines for passport photos. Why is this related? Well, if one of my submissions is accepted I’m going to need a passport. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with them, they are just entertaining.


September 20th, 2005 at 06:02pm

LCA 2006 Submissions

Submissions for Linux.Conf.Au 2006 have now closed, and as promised, here are the abstracts I have submitted.

Setting up Ubuntu Linux as a kiosk browser in a school library

After Linux.Conf.Au 2005 I had a set of Ubuntu CDs and a problem. The library where I work had taken a set of their unused Windows NT4 staff network computers containing sensitive data and added them to the student network. All these computers were ever going to be needed for was accessing the web based library catalogue and occasional Internet access, and I needed a project, so I converted them to Linux.

In this seminar, I will detail what I did to setup Ubuntu Linux and lock down the settings so that it wasn’t going to be tampered with. I will talk about the rotating message screensaver and the script behind it, and what I did to make it easy for the library staff to change the messages when they needed to. I will show exactly how I made it impossible for standard users to do anything they shouldn’t be able to do.

I will be delighted to show people what I did, I’m proud of it as it was my first attempt at locking down Linux like this, and I would love to hear feedback on how I could have done this more efficiently.

The Library staff are delighted about how well these computers work now, and I’m delighted that Linux is slowly taking over the school I work at, even if the education department aren’t!

Helping Windows users migrate to Linux

Windows is currently the dominant operating system, but a lot of Windows users are interested in seeing what all the fuss about open source and Linux is. These users often don’t know how to “get” Linux or what the difference is between proprietary and Open Source software.
In this seminar, I propose to examine the many different ways that computer users (primarily Windows users) can be introduced to Open Source software, and even be migrated to Linux.
I will run through my favoured methods of introduction, including slowly showing them what open source software is capable of, and dumping a Linux distro on them so that they can teach themselves.
I will also run through the different ways that Open Source evangelism should be approached for the many different skill levels and types of computer users out there.
I would also, as part of all of the above, examine how user’s dependence on Windows can be diminished.

All of this will come from my own personal experience in showing people Open Source software, integrating Open Source solutions to do the jobs previously being done by proprietary software, and my own experiences in chucking myself in at the deep end of many unfamiliar Linux distros.

Is the Linux Firewall Distro facing extinction?

For many years, Linux has been distributed in the form of firewall distros, designed to turn older, redundant hardware into a dedicated protective device for your network, but with the proliferation of SOHO routers, the primary users of Linux Firewall Distros, home networks, appear to be turning away from the computer in the corner concept.

SOHO routers are becoming more flexible, more powerful and more attractive, they are small, light and easy to install, but are they viable competition to Linux Firewall Distros? Or are they just a partner product, also providing a level of protection? And what threat do they pose to the ongoing success of Linux Firewall Distros?

In this seminar, I aim to answer these questions and provide my reasons for believing that Linux Firewall Distros will live forever, due to their power, cost, ongoing distro maintenance, standard architecture and ability to modify by the end user.

I will also show why I believe Linux is the future of security products for all users, and potentially the infrastructure of the internet.

I will draw on my experience with network security in both home and corporate environments, as well as my experience being involved with the ongoing support and development of Linux Firewall Distros.

Well, now comes the fun bit of waiting until the 20th to 30th of this month to see if one of my submissions have been accepted. If one of them is then I will be off to Dunedin for LCA 2006, otherwise, I suspect I will be firmly planted on Aussie Terra Firma.


September 6th, 2005 at 08:49pm

Reminder: Call For Paper LCA 2006

Just a quick reminder that the Call For Papers for Linux.Conf.Au 2006 to be held in Dunedin closes in two days. If you were planning to submit an abstract and haven’t done it, then you better hurry up and do it.

I have submitted three abstracts, and will put them up here once the CFP closes.


September 3rd, 2005 at 06:55pm 2006 – Call For Papers

I received this notice today, and I think it is a good way to use the mail-to-blogger feature…enjoy

Oh, and just in case any script kiddies want to try and post on my blog with the mail-to-blogger feature, I only turn it on when I need it!


———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Jul 12, 2005 9:34 PM
Subject: [lca-announce] 2006 – Call For Papers


2006 – Dunedin, NZ! is the annual Australian Linux technical conference, and is
one of the largest gatherings of users and developers of Free and Open
Source Software in the Southern Hemisphere. It is an opportunity for
developers and groups to present their ideas amongst peers, and for the Free
Software and Open Source communities to gather in general.

Call for papers is now open!

The 2006 conference is being held in Dunedin, New Zealand, at The University
of Otago[1]. More information can be found on the conference website:

Call for papers:

The organisers of 2006 would like to invite you to
submit a paper for presentation at one of the world’s leading Linux
community conferences.

Most presentations will be of a technical nature, but those covering
legal, educational, organisational, community or similar aspects of
open source software will also be welcome. Promotional presentations,
commercial advertisements, sales pitches and their like are not
appropriate for this conference.

Papers on the following topics are encouraged:

* The Linux kernel, filesystems and networking
* Databases and storage
* Programming languages and tools
* Linux on the desktop: productivity, groupware and GUIs
* Multimedia, audio, video, music and games
* Security
* Linux deployments, practical experience and war stories
* Linux on unusual platforms: embedded systems, virtual systems,
handhelds and very large systems
* Distributions, management and standardization
* Other open source projects

We are open to a broader range of topics as well, even non-Linux based
projects. So, submit it to us anyway! Please note however, that all
presentations must be based on ‘open source’ software and projects.

We have two (very different) main presentation formats: 120+ minute
interactive tutorials and 50 minute seminars. You may also wish to
participate in a miniconf, lightning talk, BOF session, or present a

** Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are required for paper, tutorial and work in progress
presentations. Abstracts should be up to 400 words and be submitted
to the Paper Review Committee via the web page:

Submission requires pre-registration as an Author, providing the
following information:

* Author’s full name (and preferred handle, if any)
* Author’s complete email address
* Author’s affiliation with commercial or relevant organisations
* Author’s postal address
* Author’s telephone and/or mobile numbers, with area and country codes.
* Author’s short biography, in around 1 – 3 paragraphs.
* Whether travel and accommodation assistance will be required

Abstracts and biographies should be submitted as plain text. The final
paper should be submitted in an appropriate open format, such as 7-bit
ASCII text, HTML, DocBook or LaTeX.

Any featured software in papers must be available under a licence
compatible with the Open Source Definition[2]. Any papers that are
accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms will be rejected. All
successful papers must be eligible for republication on-line and on
distribution media given to conference attendees.
requires publication rights to accepted papers, including the
publication of the audio proceedings as well as publication and
reproduction rights to any video filmed during the presentations.
These rights are non-exclusive. Copyright ownership is retained by
the author. Submitting an abstract indicates understanding of and
consent to these conditions.

In the event that you miss one of the deadlines we reserve the right
to revoke any offer to present your paper. We take having the paper
for the conference proceedings very seriously and late submissions
place an undue burden on our formatting team.

** Travel and Accommodation Assistance

Some financial assistance is available for speakers’ travel and
accommodation in cases of need. Please indicate in the appropriate
place during registration as an Author if this is the case.
Financial assistance may be withheld if final complete submissions
aren’t received by the date specified above.

Dates to Remember:

* CFP Opens: Tuesday July 12, 2005
* Abstracts Due: Tuesday September 5, 2005
* Notifications by Review Committee begin: Wednesday September 20, 2005
* Final Complete Submissions Due: Friday December 1, 2005
* Conference begins: Monday January 23, 2006

Please feel free to forward this announcement to your local LUG, or any
other person or group that would be interested!


Regards, 2006 Organisers

lca-announce mailing list

Add comment July 12th, 2005 at 11:57pm

Linux.Conf.Au 2006

Well, as you may know (and probably do if you read my blog during LCA2005) Linux.Conf.Au 2006 will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand. Seems slightly odd to me to have the Australian Linux conference across the Tasman, bu so be it.

Anyway, they now have their website up and running, and it looks like the Call For Papers will be opening very very shortly, and when it does, I’ll be putting in my submissions. I have a few interesting topics in mind, any of which could be (and hopefully will be) accepted by the organisers. I will admit that I have an ulterior motive for submitting papers, I have no real chance of being able to make it to Dunedin for LCA2006 so I am hoping that they will accept one of my papers and provide me with some assistance in getting to the Conference. I can pay for some of the journey, but I don’t think I could pay for all of it.


Add comment July 9th, 2005 at 08:17pm

At this rate

At this rate we are going to end up with a new law firm “Linus, Linus, Tux & Associates”

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

Add comment April 21st, 2005 at 10:12pm


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