linux.conf.au 2015 News
Submitted on 2014-10-15 18:41
Herding Cats: Getting an open source community to work on the same thing.
2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015
John is a familiar sight around the world, he has spoken at many conferences, summits, and meetups, including the OpenStack Summit, OSCON, and LinuxConf Australia.
He is Director of Technology at SwiftStack. SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today s applications, powered by OpenStack Object Storage.
Coccinelle: A program matching and transformation tool
1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015
Himangi finds contributing to open source a great learning platform and she herself has been contributing to Linux kernel and has submitted and had many patches accepted.
She has experience with tools like checkpatch, sparse and coccinelle.
Submitted on 2014-10-08 17:25
The moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived! It is with many hugs of sincere gratitude to the team that we can announce that Earlybird Registration for LCA2015 is now open.
Now is the time to chose - are you a Professional, a Hobbyist or a Student attending LCA2015? Will you be one of our fantastic army of volunteers? Go to lca2015.linux.org.au to register and buy your Earlybird ticket or register as a volunteer.
All of the information that you need is there - what you receive for your ticket price, accommodation options, THE Penguin Dinner, as well as Partners Program and creche options for those of you who are bringing your family with you. You can also register as a volunteer right now, and begin to get involved with our wonderful conference.There have been months of anticipation, and several sleepless nights, but we are now at a truly exciting stage of the conference organising process - registration!
We look forward to seeing you all in January 2015 in Auckland.
The LCA2015 team
Submitted on 2014-10-07 06:57
As part of the linux.conf.au conference in Auckland, New Zealand in January 2015 we will be holding a one day mini conference oriented to Linux Systems Administration.
The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the Miniconf. Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, social networks, and other relevant mailing lists.
This is our 9th year at Linux.conf.au. To see presentations from our previous years, see the miniconf website: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/.
Topics for presentations could include (but are not limited to):
Systems Administration Best Practice, Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS), Docker, Containerisation, Software as a Service (SAAS), Virtualisation, "Cloud" Computing, Service Migration, Dealing with Extranets, Coping with the shortage of IPv4 addresses, Software Defined Networking (SDN), DevOps, Configuration Management, Bootstrapping systems, Lifecycle Management, Monitoring, Dealing with BYOD, Backups in a virtual/distributed world, Security in a world where you cannot even trust your shell, Troubleshooting, Log Management, Buying Decisions, Identity Management, Multi-Factor Authentication, Web and Email management, Keeping legacy systems functioning, and other War stories from the Real World.
We strongly welcome topics on best practice, new developments in systems administration and cutting edge techniques to better manage Linux environments both virtual and physical.
Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least a couple of years experience in Unix/Linux administration.
Format of Presentations
We are now seeking proposals for presentations at the mini-conference.
We have openings for:
- 45 minute double-length presentations
- 20 minute full presentations
- 10-20 minute "Life in the Real World" presentations
- 5-10 minute "lightning talks"
Please note, due to the single day available (and whole-LCA keynote before morning tea), we expect the majority of available timeslots to be 20 minutes long or less.
The 10-20 minute "Life the Real World" presentations are intended for people to talk about their sites or real world projects/problems. Information could include: Servers, talks, tools, people and roles, experiences, software, operating systems, monitoring, alerting, provisioning etc. The intent is to give attendees a picture of what is happening in the "real world" and some understanding of how other sites work, as well as offer you a chance to get suggestions on other tools and practices that might help your site. Discussion of "lessons learned" through really trying to use some of these things are especially welcomed.
Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the miniconf you must be registered (and paid up) for the main linux.conf.au conference. Presenting at the Miniconf does not entitle you to discounted or free registration at the main conference nor priority with registration. Unfortunately the Miniconf has no budget for sponsorship of speakers.
Submissions should be made via: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/proposal15.html
Questions should be sent to: lca2015 at sysadmin.miniconf.org
Dates and Deadlines
To encourage early submissions priority (both of inclusion and scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted before the 19th of October 2014.
- 2014-10-19 - Deadline for early submissions
- 2014-10-26 - Early submissions confirmation
- 2014-11-16 - Deadline for submissions
- 2014-11-30 - Confirmation of all presentations
- 2015-01-13 - Start of Miniconf and 2nd day of linux.conf.au 2015
Contact and Questions
Please see our website for more information on the miniconf, past presentations and presenting at it. If you have any questions please feel free to email the organisers at: lca2015 at sysadmin.miniconf.org
LCA2015 Sysadmin Miniconf Convener
Submitted on 2014-09-22 17:13
- 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).
The LCA 2015 team
Submitted on 2014-09-19 20:52
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'.
Submitted on 2014-09-19 20:29
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
Submitted on 2014-09-18 20:32
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 OxerJon 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".
Submitted on 2014-09-18 20:13
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).
Submitted on 2014-09-17 21:34
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:
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.
Submitted on 2014-09-17 21:27
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:
- Existing technologists who are interested in ways they can assist with technology in humanitarian response.
- 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.