linux.conf.au 2015 News

Speaker Feature: Donna Benjamin, Dave Chinner, Paul Mackerras

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Donna Benjamin

Donna Benjamin

Drupal8 outta the box

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Donna Benjamin has a collection of brightly coloured open source hats.

She currently chairs the Drupal community working group, sits on the board of the Drupal Association, and works as community engagement director with PreviousNext. She's also been an advisor to councils of Linux Australia, and was conference director for LCA2008 in Melbourne. Donna has also served as President of Linux Users of Victoria, and as a Director of Open Source Industry Australia.

For more information on Donna and her presentation, see here. You can follow him as @LittlemsDrupal and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Dave Chinner

Dave Chinner

Programming Considered Harmful

4:35pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Dave is the current XFS maintainer. He is currently employeed by Red Hat and spends most of his time developing new filesystem and storage features. He has been a XFS developer since 2004, and worked on the linux kernel since 2005. He has worked on machines of all sizes - from 2000 CPU machines used in the HPC environment to tiny, highly networked embedded systems in the industrial control industry.

In his spare time, Dave builds and races cars and tries to teach his dogs not to bark at the postman....

For more information on Dave and his presentation, see here.


Paul Mackerras

Paul Mackerras

KVM on IBM POWER8 servers

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Paul Mackerras works in IBM's Linux Technology Center, where he leads a group of people whose mission is to bring open-source virtualization to IBM's Power systems. Previously he was the Linux kernel maintainer for the PowerPC architecture. He is also the author of the "gitk" commit visualization tool and the maintainer of the PPP package.

For more information on Paul and his presentation, see here.

linux.conf.au 2015 Diversity Fund Announcement

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Friday 21st November 2014 – linux.conf.au 2015 Organisers are proud to announce our funding programme!


InternetNZ Diversity Programme

LCA 2015 and InternetNZ are proud to support diversity. The InternetNZ Diversity Programme is one of the many ways we ensure that LCA 2015 continues to be an open and welcoming conference for everyone. Together with InternetNZ this program has been created to assist under-represented delegates who contribute to the Open Source community but, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend LCA 2015.

For more information please see our funding registration page.


About linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the world's best conferences for free and open source software! The coming linux.conf.au; LCA 2015 will be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from Monday 12 January to Saturday 16 January 2015. LCA 2015 will be fun, informal and seriously technical, bringing together Free and Open Source developers, users and community champions from around the world. LCA 2015 is the third time linux.conf.au has been held in New Zealand. The first was in Dunedin in 2006 and the second was in Wellington in 2010.

For more information please visit our website

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

For more information see: http://www.linux.org.au/

Emperor Penguin Sponsors

LCA 2015 is proud to acknowledge the support of our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, Catalyst IT, HP and IBM, and our diversity sponsor Internet NZ.

For more information about our sponsors click below -

        

Speaker Feature: Andrew McDonnell, Jim Cheetham

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Andrew McDonnell

Andrew McDonnell

Reverse engineering embedded software using Radare2

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Andrew McDonnell is a professional software engineer with two decades experience, having spent many years before that hacking code after receiving a Commodore 64 for Christmas at age 12. He has significant experience programming in C++, Java and Python and a multitude of scripting languages. Outside of family and work he sometimes has time to play with his collection of 8-bit and PC/XT-vintage computers; computing and electronics has always been his passion. He intermittently maintains a blog at http://blog.oldcomputerjunk.net sometimes posting how he solved a problem in the hope it may be useful to someone else.

For more information on Andrew and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @pastcompute and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Jim Cheetham

Jim Cheetham

OneRNG - An Open and Verifiable hardware random number generator

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Jim works in Information Security, and has a long background in Unix/Linux and Open Source/Free software systems.

For more information on Jim and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @onerng and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Speaker Feature: Katie McLaughlin, Andrew Bartlett

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Katie McLaughlin

Katie McLaughlin

Before All Else, Be Graphed

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Katie is a part of the Engineering team at Anchor Systems, working to improve *all* the things. She has a history of enterprise development and Windows system administration, but has been successfully converted to the ways of the penguin in recent years.

When she's not changing the world, she enjoys making tapestries, cooking, and yelling at JavaScript and it's attempts at global variables.

For more information on Katie and her presentation, see here. You can follow her as @glasnt and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett

Pushing users into the pit of success - stories from the Samba 3 -> Samba 4 transition

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Andrew Bartlett is a Samba Developer currently employed by Catalyst in Wellington, NZ. Andrew has been developing Samba since 2001, and has had a strong focus on the Active Directory DC project for the past decade or so. He is passionate about authentication systems and making Samba a great, interoperable alternative to the dominant implementation from Microsoft.

For more information on Andrew and his presentation, see here.

Speaker Feature: Marc Merlin, Jussi Pakkanen

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Marc Merlin

Marc Merlin

Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does

11:35am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Marc has been using linux since 0.99pl15f (slackware 1.1.2, 1994), both as a sysadmin and userland contributor. He has worked for various tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including Network Appliance, SGI, VA Linux, Sourceforge.net, and now Google since 2002, both a server sysadmin and software engineer.

He has done hacking in various areas like mail with exim, mailman, SpamAssassin and SA-Exim, as well as maintained various linux distributions at Google and elsewhere, and given talks about some of those projects, and others at linux conferences since 2001 (LCA, OLS, Linuxcon, Usenix/LISA).

For more information on Marc's presentation, see here.


Jussi Pakkanen

Jussi Pakkanen

Making build systems not suck

2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Jussi got his doctoral degree in computer science in 2006. Since then he has worked in various problem fields including mail sorting. He is currently employed by Canonical where he has worked on various parts of Ubuntu desktop and phone. In his free time he dabbles with drawing, creating computer games, photography and whatever else might catch his fancy.

For more information on Jussi and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @jpakkane and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Speaker Feature: Paul Foxworthy, Keith Packard

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Paul Foxworthy

Paul Foxworthy

Auprefs.info – A vain attempt to rescue the Australian democracy with a few hundred lines of Java Script

11:35am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Paul is an open source developer and trainer. He is a committer to the Apache OFBiz project and also currently serves as a director of Open Source Industry Australia. He is very pleased at this, his eighth LCA, to have finally done something just possibly cool enough to talk about.

Away from work, Paul tries to get away to his bush block in eastern Victoria, and to teach agile techniques to Ilke the German Shepherd.

For more information on Paul's presentation, see here. You can follow him as @ConcreteGannet and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Keith Packard

Keith Packard

Putting the Polish on Glamor

10:40am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Keith Packard has been developing open source software since 1986, focusing on the X Window System since 1987, designing and implementing large parts of the current implementation. He is currently a Principal Engineer with Intel's Open Source Technology Center. Keith received a Usenix Lifetime Achievement award in 1999, an O'Reilly Open Source award in 2011, sits on the X.org foundation board and is a member of the Debian Technical Committee.

For more information on Keith and his presentations, see here.

LCA 2015 Penguin Dinner - The Theme

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We're not sure if you've noticed but we all tend to have more than just a trifling interest in things technological and futuristic and, well... How do we put this? Some people have even felt moved to describe us as geeks. Can you believe it? Us?!

We thought for the 2015 Penguin Dinner maybe we should put that myth to rest, finally, and show that we do, indeed, conform to the norm. We're going to do something more traditional, more what you'd expect of a respectable, conservative "black tie dinner".

So it is with some seriousness and gravity, Lords, Ladies and Gentleman, that we announce, for the first time the LCA 2015 Penguin Dinner will have a theme:

Steampunk!

We would love it if you would dress for the occasion. It adds a certain air to the evening, however it is not mandatory (we wouldn't do that to you!). Costumes are suitable, gadgets will be welcome, the more quirky and fantastical the better! We know you're among the cleverest, most inventive and imaginative people to be found (not that we're biased!) so we can't wait to see you as futuristic and anachronistic characters and marvel at your latest inventions and innovations!


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Speaker Feature: Leslie Hawthorn, Richard Jones

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Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn

Checking Your Privilege: A How-To for Hard Things

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source.

In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads Developer Relations. She works from Elasticsearch’s EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when not out and about gathering user praise and pain points.

For more information on Leslie's presentation, see here.


Richard Jones

Richard Jones

The future of Python packaging

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Richard has been a Python programmer and part of the Python community for a very long time now. He created and administers pypi.python.org, though he has help from infrastructure elves these days.

For more information on Richard and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @r1chardj0n3s and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.

Speaker Feature: Deb Nicholson, Julian Simpson

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Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson

Software Patents: Trolls and Other Bullies

11:35am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Deb wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership and to activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.

Deb won the O’Reilly Open Source Award, one of the most recognized awards in the FLOSS world, for her work on GNU MediaGoblin and OpenHatch.

For more information on Deb and her presentation, see here. You can follow her as @mediagoblin and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Julian Simpson

Julian Simpson

Surrounded by Graphs - a short introduction to Graph Databases and Neo4j

1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

Julian has had a long and interesting career in the very comfortable trenches of IT. From a very entry-level position in the industry, he's worked in Support, Unix Systems Administration, Build and Release Management, and Development. He has worked in New Zealand, the USA and the UK where he was foresighted enough to buy his EuroStar ticket to the first DevOpsDays conference in 2009.

Julian has worked at many companies as an employee and as a consultant. Most of his experience is in Telecommunications, Media, and Finance. For the last 3 years he's worked for Neo Technology, the people who make Neo4j. He lives in Auckland with his wife and family.

For more information on Julian and his presentation, see here. You can follow her as @builddoctor and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.

Speaker Feature: Fraser Tweedale, Peter Chubb

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Fraser Tweedale

Fraser Tweedale

FreeIPA: Open Source Identity Management

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Fraser is a developer at Red Hat, where he works on the FreeIPA identity management solution and Dogtag Certificate System. He is passionate about security and privacy. In his spare time, Fraser writes a lot of Haskell and patiently awaits the strongly-typed functional programming revolution.

For more information on Fraser and his presentation, see here. You can follow his as @hackuador and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Peter Chubb

Peter Chubb

SD Cards and filesystems for Embedded Systems

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Peter has been hacking on UNIX since 1979, and has never used Windows. He currently does system (kernel and low-level) programming in a Linux environment for NICTA.

Peter's research interests include operating system algorithms for scalability, including storage, scheduling, memory management, and locking. He is also interested in systems performance measurement and optimisation.

Related hobbies include music, photography and fine wines, these also occasionally lead to research.

For more information on Peter and his presentation, see here.

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