linux.conf.au 2015 News

LCA 2015 conference schedule and prices...

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  • The CFP went extremely well - lots of fantastic proposals
  • The Papers Committee had a hard time whittling them down to the number that we need
  • We had a great deal of fun planning the structure, then loading it into the database (although that part, not so much)
  • Now the schedule is live on the website - read ‘em and weep, my friends!

We think that we have an amazing schedule, and we have you - the LCA community to thank for that. We would have nothing if this wasn’t as important to you as it is to us.

We also have our prices set. Please see the pricing page for more information.

Very soon we will be opening registrations, and all of your LCA2015-related questions will be answered. (If not, you know how to reach us).


Yours always

The LCA 2015 team

Linux.conf.au 2015 welcomes the Deploying OpenStack Miniconf

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OpenStack is Open Source software for building public and private clouds through a series of Infrastructure as a Service building blocks. OpenStack offers virtualized infrastructure -- compute, networking and storage -- as well as orchestration and management tools. Built with the support of a large number of organizations, many of whom sponsor linux.conf.au, there are now thousands of installations around the world. You quite possibly know someone running OpenStack right now.

This year's linux.conf.au miniconf is going to try taking a new approach -- we're going to cover the issues that are important to a System Admin in deploying OpenStack into their environment, while attempting to tell the story of a hypothetical OpenStack deployment from end to end. How does OpenStack integrate with your existing LDAP or Active Directory? What choices need to be made about how to configure storage on your compute nodes? How does scaling your object storage work? What are the networking options you might like to consider? What hypervisor is the right choice for your needs?

We'll also cover the existing configuration management options, including puppet, chef and HP's deployment system tripleo.

The focus of this year's miniconf is explicitly on the deployers of OpenStack, rather than the developers of it. We won't cover developer-centric issues like the latest tweaks to our CI system, or what the state of development is with the Kilo release. We pinky swear there will be no talks on the governance of the OpenStack Foundation.

So, are you interested in deploying cloud infrastructure at your organization? If so, the OpenStack miniconf is the event for you. Also, we'll have stickers. Just sayin'.



Writing Openly; Open Source Documentation Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015

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People often complain about the quality of open source project documentation. At the same time, documentation is a great place to get started contributing to an open source community.

This miniconf will explore practical aspects of Open Source documentation, with an eye to applying them right away.

We will look at:

  • popular markup languages (Docbook, DITA, markdown, etc)
  • version control systems for writers (SVN, git, etc)
  • getting started as a contributor (how to pick a project, getting an account, meeting the community, your first commit, etc)
  • documentation skills and methodologies (topic-based authoring, single sourcing, minimalism, etc)

We'll then be able to start contributing documentation. The pacing of this session will be largely driven by participant interest. It might be that we fly through the concepts straight to a frenetic docs hack fest. It might be that we get a lively argument about the best markup language, or whether minimalism is all hype.

Tim Hildred was a technical writer at Red Hat. Before that a barista at the Linuxcaffe in Toronto



Open Hardware Miniconf to be at Linux.conf.au 2015

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Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that an Open Hardware Miniconf will be run the Linux.conf.au 2015 conference in Auckland, New Zealander during January 2015 .

The concept of Free / Open Source Software, already well understood by LCA attendees, is complemented by a rapidly growing community focused around Open Hardware and "maker culture". One of the drivers of the popularity of the Open Hardware community is easy access to cheap devices such as Arduino, which is a microcontroller development board originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional projects.

Interest in Open Hardware is high among FOSS enthusiasts but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar naming schemes. The Miniconf will use the Arduino microcontroller board as a stepping stone to help ease software developers into dealing with Open Hardware. Topics will cover both software and hardware issues, starting with simpler sessions suitable for Open Hardware beginners and progressing through to more advanced topics.

The day will run in two distinct halves. The first part of the day will be a hands-on assembly session where participants will have the chance to solder together a special hardware project developed for the miniconf. Instructors will be on hand to assist with soldering and the other mysteries of hardware assembly. The second part of the day will be presentations about Open Hardware topics, including information on software to run on the hardware project built earlier in the day.

Please see www.openhardwareconf.org for more info.

Miniconf organiser Jon Oxer

Jon Oxer has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a little tacker. Most recently he's been focusing more on the Open Hardware side, co-founding Freetronics as a result of organising the first Arduino Miniconf at LCA2010 and designing the Arduino-based payloads that were sent into orbit in 2013 on board satellites ArduSat-X and ArduSat-1. His books include "Ubuntu Hacks" and "Practical Arduino".


Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015

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Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that the Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf will be part of Linux.conf.au in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015.

This miniconf is all about improving the way we produce, collaborate, test and release software.

We want to cover tools and techniques to improve the way we work together to produce higher quality software:

  • code review tools and techniques (e.g. gerrit)
  • continuous integration tools (e.g. jenkins)
  • CI techniques (e.g. gated trunk, zuul)
  • testing tools and techniques (e.g. subunit, fuzz testing tools)
  • release tools and techniques: daily builds, interacting with distributions, ensuring you test the software that you ship.
  • applying CI in your workplace/project

Organiser: Stewart Smith

Stewart currently works for IBM in the Linux Technology Center on KVM on POWER, giving him a job that is even harder to explain to non-Linux geek people than ever before. Previously he worked for Percona as Director of Server Development where he oversaw development of many of Percona’s software products. He comes from many years experience in databases and free and open source software development. He’s often found hacking on the Drizzle database server, taking photos, running, brewing beer and cycling (yes, all at the same time).



Community Leadership Summit to be part of Linux.conf.au 2015

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Inspired by the Community Leadership Summit run each year before OSCON, Donna Benjamin will be running an event to bring together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community.

The event pulls together the leading minds in community management, relations and online collaboration to discuss, debate and continue to refine the art of building an effective and capable community.

The event will be run in a similar manner to the parent event:

www.communityleadershipsummit.com

as an open unconference-style event in which everyone who attends is welcome to lead and contribute sessions on any topic that is relevant. These sessions are very much discussion sessions: the participants can interact directly, offer thoughts and experience, and share ideas and questions. These unconference sessions are also augmented with a series of presentations from leaders in the field, panel debates and networking opportunities.

Donna Benjamin 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.



Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf at Linux.conf.au 2015

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Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that the Open Source for Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will be part of Linux.conf.au for the first time in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015.

Technology is increasingly important in humanitarian response. Now responders are better connected to digital volunteers, more advanced tools such as unmanned-aerial vehicles give a better review of post disaster situations and great quantities of data can be collected and analyzed. Often these solutions are not expendable and are based on expensive proprietary solutions.

The Humanitarian Tech Miniconf will focus on two main audiences:

  1. Existing technologists who are interested in ways they can assist with technology in humanitarian response.
  2. Allowing existing projects and participants to share what they are working on and look for ways to integrate.

Technologists who work on UAVs, mesh networks, data collection platforms and content management will be invited to speak, and humanitarians to give a background in humanitarian response to those not familiar.

Kate Chapman is the Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Her most recent work has been in Indonesia working on a pilot program over the past year analyzing the feasibility utilizing OpenStreetMap for collection of exposure data. This project has hosted a OpenStreetMap mapping competition, a month long event to map critical infrastructure in Jakarta and assisting community facilitators in moving from hand-drawn maps to digital maps. Previous to working at HOT Kate was involved in development of multiple web-GIS applications including GeoCommons and iMapData.



The Kernel Miniconf will be at Linux.conf.au 2015

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The linux.conf.au 2015 conference is pleased to announce the Kernel Miniconf will be part of the programme in Auckland, New Zealand.

The linux kernel is the world's largest open source project and is at the heart of every linux distribution. The miniconf will be about all things kernel and is targeted mainly at experienced developers. Any interested parties will be welcome as always.

Key areas of discussion will be:

  • New developments and APIs
  • Pain points for users
  • Process/Community issues
  • Testing!!!

Tony Breeds is organising this year’s Kernel miniconf. He is a kernel developer focusing on powerpc. In his spare time Tony also maintains the kernel cross compilers on kernel.org



Clouds, Containers and Orchestration Miniconf at LCA 2015

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"Software defined everything," DevOps, and cloud are driving open source further and faster than we might have imagined possible just a decade ago. Most recently, Docker containers and orchestration have opened up all kinds of new opportunities to develop, deploy, and manage software from the developer's desktop well into production.

The linux.conf.au 2015 organisers are pleased to announce the Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration miniconf at LCA in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015. The miniconf will focus on the open source tools and best practices for working with cloud tools, containers, and orchestration software (e.g., Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, geard, and others). We'll have the leading developers working on those tools, as well as users who are deploying them in real production environments to share their knowledge and show where tools will be going in 2015.

Joe Brockmeier, the miniconf organiser, has a long history of involvement with Linux and open source. Currently he works on Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team, and is involved with Project Atomic, the Fedora Project's Cloud Working Group, is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He is a technology journalist and has written for ReadWriteWeb, LWN, Linux.com, Linux Magazine, Linux Pro Magazine, ZDNet, and many others.



Linux.conf.au 2015 announces the Multimedia and Music Miniconf

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Linux.conf.au 2015 are pleased to announce that the Multimedia and Music Miniconf will be part of the programme in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Miniconf’s website is at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2015_mmm/ where the Call for Papers and other information will be published soon.

Multimedia and music are a significant part of how information is produced and consumed in our increasingly connected world. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) ecosystem provides a rich collection of software tools allowing the consumption and creation of multimedia. The Multimedia and Music Miniconf at LCA 2015 will bring users and developers together to present, discuss and experience what FOSS multimedia and music software has to offer for content consumers and producers alike. The miniconf will close with an informal demo/jam session to allow FOSS community members to showcase their creations and inspire others.

This miniconf will appeal to a broad range of community members who have an interest in multimedia and music on open source platforms - users and developers alike.

The Multimedia and Music Miniconf is being organised by Jonathan Woithe and Silvia Pfeiffer who have also convened previous Multimedia + Music miniconfs at lca in 2011 - 2014. Previous years' proceedings can be found at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2014_mmm/

Jonathan, a Linux developer from Adelaide, Australia, has been a user since early 1990s, both privately and at work. Jonathan's primary open source focus is presently on software related audio and video production. He is one of the primary developers of the FFADO project (Free Firewire Audio Drivers ) and maintainer of the Fujitsu laptop driver in the Linux kernel.

Silvia has a long history of working on open media technologies through Annodex, Xiph, and more recently Mozilla and Google with the HTML5 video element and accessibility. At Google, she also became a WebKit/blink contributor. She is co-editor of the WebVTT and HTML5 specs at the W3C and now works for NICTA in Sydney. As well as the LCA Multimedia and Music Miniconf she has helped organise the LCA Digital Arts miniconf in 2006, and was an organiser of the Foundations of Open Media Software (FOMS) developer workshop in 2007, 2008, 2009, the two in 2010, the FOMS track at OVC 2011, and the ones in 2012, 2013. Silvia wrote the "Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video" in 2010.



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