linux.conf.au 2015 News

Speaker Feature: Timothy Jones, Tom Clark

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Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones

Hop, Skip, Jump: Implementing a concurrent interpreter with Promises

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Tim is a PhD student at Victoria University involved in programming language design and type theory. He got his start in open-source and the PL world as a core contributor to the CoffeeScript project before becoming enamoured with Haskell, and now teaches advanced programming language concepts, has produced a few papers in the field, and occasionally writes in Agda. He also organises Pixel Jam, an annual 48-hour game jam in Wellington, during which he always builds novelty fishing simulators.

Tim has worked as part of the Grace language project over the last three years, contributing to its open-source implementation and spawning several smaller projects of his own. His most recent work has been on Hopper, a concurrent JavaScript interpreter.

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


Tom Clark

Tom Clark

What should a Systems Administration Student's Homework Look Like?

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Tom Clark studied mathematics and computer science at Seattle University and Dartmouth College before going on to work in various software development, IT operations, and tertiary teaching roles. Tom joined the staff of Dunedin, New Zealand's Otago Polytechnic in July of 2013 to teach in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme. He teaches papers in programming, networking, and systems administration.

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

Speaker Feature: Rafael Wysocki, Stewart Smith

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Rafael Wysocki

Rafael Wysocki

Getting more out of System Suspend in Linux

11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015

Rafael is the maintainer of the Linux kernel's core ACPI and power management code, including the core infrastructure for runtime PM, system suspend and hibernation, cpuidle and cpufreq. He works at Intel Open Source Technology Center as a Software Engineer with focus on the Linux kernel. Rafael has been actively contributing to Linux since January 2005, in particular to the kernel's suspend and hibernate subsystem, power management in general (runtime PM, PM QoS, wakeup framework etc.), hot-plug infrastructure, ACPI core and PCI core. Rafael received an MSc from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics, in 1996 and a PhD from that faculty in 2002.

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


Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith

Towards One MILLION SQL Queries Per Second

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

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 of 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).

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

Stewart is also one of our wonderful Miniconf organisers; running the Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf on Tuesday 13th.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Eben Moglen

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Eben Moglen

The LCA 2015 team is honoured to announce our first Keynote speaker - Professor Eben Moglen, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Law Center and professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School.

Professor Moglen's presentation is scheduled for 09:00 am Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. He earned his PhD in History and his law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven.

After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia.

In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.

We are especially grateful to Michael Davies for his efforts in bringing Professor Moglen to LCA 2015 in Auckland for us - thank you Michael!

The LCA 2015 Auckland Team

Call for Presentations for Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration Miniconf

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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.

Call for Presentations

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, and others). We want 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.

We welcome talks on container security, creating complex applications in the cloud, working with open source Platforms-as-a-Service, container orchestration, packaging applications in containers, single-purpose operating systems, and presentations on the state and future of these applications from their developers.

Presentations should be useful to practitioners, and technical in nature. Talks should not be promotional in nature.

Format for Presentations

As we only have one day, presentation slots will be shorter than many speakers may be used to. Most talks will be 20 minutes, with the possibility for one or two longer slots for exceptionally interesting and involved topics.

Please indicate which type of presentation you're seeking:

  • 20 minute full presentation.
  • 10 minute "case study" or "state of project" presentation.
  • 40 minute double-length presentation.
Final configuration of talk/times is pending submissions received.

Submitting Talks

Please see the Submission Template and submit your proposal to miniconf [at] dissociatedpress.net. Please include [LCA15 CFP] and talk title in your subject line. (For example: [LCA15 CFP] Whiz-Bang Container Wrangling with Docker and Acme Widgets.)

Note: In order to present at the miniconf, you must be registered for the main Linux.conf.au conference, and presenting at the miniconf does not entitle speakers to registration at the main conference, or any travel sponsorship.

Important Dates

  • 2014-11-15 Deadline for early submissions
  • 2014-11-20 Early submissions confirmation
  • 2014-11-25 Deadline for all submissions
  • 2014-12-1 Confirmation for submissions
  • 2014-12-2 Final speaker confirmation required
  • 2014-12-4 Final schedule announced
  • 2015-01-12 Miniconf (first day of Linux.conf.au 2015)

Schedule

The schedule will be announced on 4 December 2014.

Code of Conduct

The Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration Miniconf follows the Linux.conf.au Code of Conduct and values statement. Please do read the full Code of Conduct and Values Statement, but the bottom line is that Linux.conf.au is meant to be an event for a diverse community. Anyone – regardless of age, race, gender identity or expression, background, disability, appearance, sexuality, walk of life, or religion – should be able to attend, learn from and be inspired by other people in the Free and Open Source community.

It is important that everyone be courteous and respectful to other attendees. All public presentations should be suitable for people 12-years-old and above. Presentations may not contain:

  • Sexual or violent imagery
  • Exclusionary language
  • Language that is not appropriate for an all-ages audience

If you're in doubt, you are encouraged to confer with conference speaker liaiso

Current CFPs for lca2015 miniconfs

n or mailing list/forum moderators before your session.

Questions?

If you have questions that aren't covered here, please contact Joe Brockmeier at miniconf [at] dissociatedpress.net. For fastest response, please include [LCA15 CFP] in your subject line.

Call for Papers for Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf

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This is the Call for Papers for the Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf at linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland. The CFP closes at midnight on 21st November 2014.

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Call for Presentations for Open Radio Miniconf

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This is an invitation for proposals for presentations for the second Open Radio Miniconf at linux.conf.au in Auckland, NZ from Kim Hawtin, the miniconf's organiser. Proposals must be received by 14 December 2014.

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Speaker Feature: Meg Howie, Joshua Hesketh

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Meg Howie

Meg Howie

Ask Away: Staking Out the Stakeholders

11:35am Friday 16th January 2015

Meg is a designer and thinker whose practice spans graphic, interactive, film, service and performance design. She is currently undertaking a Master of Design at Massey University and her research explores the influence of open source culture and participatory democracy on civic engagement. Meg’s work is deeply social, and draws from human-centred design, behavioural psychology and collaborative modes of working.

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


Joshua Hesketh

Joshua Hesketh

Who is Linux Australia?

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Joshua is a software developer for Rackspace Australia working on upstream OpenStack. He works from his home in Hobart, Tasmania. Joshua is currently President of Linux Australia, previously the co-chair for PyCon Australia and a key organiser for linux.conf.au. He has an interest in robotics having recently completed a degree in mechatronic engineering. Josh is an active contributor to the openstack-infra and nova projects.

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

Speaker Feature: Christoph Lameter, Brandon Philips

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Christoph Lameter

Christoph Lameter

SL[AUO]B:Kernel memory allocator design and philosophy

12:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Christoph specializes in High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading technologies. As an operating system designer and kernel developer he has been developing memory management technologies for Linux to enhance performance and reduce latencies. He is fond of new technologies and new ways of thinking that disrupt existing industries and causes new development communities to emerge.

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


Brandon Philips

Brandon Philips

CoreOS: An introduction

10:40 am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Brandon Philips is helping to build modern Linux server infrastructure at CoreOS. Prior to CoreOS, he worked at Rackspace hacking on cloud monitoring and was a Linux kernel developer at SUSE. In addition to his work at CoreOS, Brandon sits on Docker's governance board and is one of the top contributors to Docker. As a graduate of Oregon State's Open Source Lab he is passionate about open source technologies.

Brandon has also been a speaker at many conferences including Open Source Bridge 2012 and Open Source Conference 2012.

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

Speaker Feature: Lillian Grace, David Rowe

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Lillian Grace

Lillian Grace

Wiki New Zealand: Winning through collaboration

4:35pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Lillian is the founder and chief of Wiki New Zealand.

Wiki New Zealand is a collaborative website making data about New Zealand visually accessible to everyone. The site presents data in simple, visual form only, so that it remains as unbiased and as accessible to everyone as possible. The content is easy to understand and digest, and is presented from multiple angles, wide contexts and over time, inviting users to compare, contrast and interpret. Lillian is an accomplished presenter who was invited to speak at OSDC 2013, was a keynote speaker at Gather 2014 and a speaker at TEDx Auckland 2013.

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


David Rowe

David Rowe

The Democratisation of Radio

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

David is an electronic engineer living in Adelaide, South Australia. His mission is to improve the world – just a little bit, through designing open hardware and writing open source software for telephony.

In January 2006 David quit corporate life as an Engineering Manager to become an open source developer. He now develops open telephony hardware and software full time. David likes to build advanced telephony technology – then give it away.

For more information on David and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @davidgrowe67 and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.

Speaker Feature: Lana Brindley & Alexandra Settle, Olivier Bilodeau

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Lana Brindley and Alexandra Settle

Alexandra Settle Lana Brindley

8 writers in under 8 months: from zero to a docs team in no time flat

11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015

Lana and Alexandra are both technical writers at Rackspace, the open Cloud Company.

Lana has been writing open source technical documentation for about eight years, and right now I’m working on documenting OpenStack with Rackspace, she does a lot of speaking, mostly about writing. She also talks about other topics from open source software to geek feminism and working in IT.

Lana is also involved in several volunteer projects including linux.conf.au, Girl Geek Dinners, LinuxChix, OWOOT (Oceania Women of Open Tech), and various Linux Users Groups (LUGs). Alexandra is a technical writer with the Rackspace Cloud Builders Australia team. She began her career as a writer for the cloud documentation team at Red Hat, Australia. Alexandra prefers Fedora over other Linux distributions.

Recently she was part of a team that authored the OpenStack Design Architecture Guide, and hopes to further promote involvement in the OpenStack community within Australia.

For more information on Lana and Alexandra and their presentation, see here. You can follow them as @Loquacities (Lana) or @dewsday (Alexandra) and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Olivier Bilodeau

Olivier Bilodeau

Advanced Linux Server-Side, Threats: How they work and what you can do about them

1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

Olivier is an engineer that loves technology, software, security, open source, linux, brewing beer, travels and android.

Coming from the dusty Unix server room world, Olivier evolved professionally in networking, information security and open source software development to finally become malware researcher at ESET Canada. Presenting at Defcon, publishing in (In)secure Mag, teaching infosec to undergrads (ÉTS), driving the NorthSec Hacker Jeopardy and co-organizer of the MontréHack training initiative are among its note-worthy successes.

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

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