LCA By the Bay – linux.conf.au will be held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia in 2016, between 1st-5th February 2016 at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus.
What is linux.conf.au?
http://linux.conf.au is the largest linux and open source conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Run annually since 1999, it brings together the Australian, New Zealand and international community for standout presentations, demonstrations and relationship building. It is a deeply technical conference and pre-emininent practitioners in the field, both professionals and hobbyists, are expected to attend. linux.conf.au attracts between 500 to 800 delegates annually.
What is linux and open source?
Linux is a computer operating system, in the same way that MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS are operating systems. It can be used on desktop computers, servers, and increasingly on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Linux embodies the ‘open source’ paradigm of software development, which holds that source code – the code that is used to give computers and mobile devices functionality – should be ‘open’. That is, the source code should be viewable, modifiable and shareable by the entire community. There are a number of benefits to the open source paradigm, including facilitating innovation, sharing and re-use. The ‘open’ paradigm is increasingly extending in to other areas such as open government, open culture, open health and open education.
Software that you might have heard of that is open source includes;
- WordPress, a blogging tool
- Drupal, a content management system
- Firefox web browser
- Thunderbird email client
- LibreOffice, a popular alternative to Microsoft Office
- GIMP, a popular alternative to Photoshop
- Inkscape, a popular alternative to Ilustrator
- VLC, a media player, an alternative to Windows Media Player
- Handbrake, a video encoding tool
- Pidgin, an instant messaging tool