[Linux-aus] linux.conf.au 2008: Registrations Open

Donna Benjamin donna at cc.com.au
Mon Oct 22 11:40:16 UTC 2007

Hi Everyone,

I am terribly excited to announce that registration
is now open for linux.conf.au 2008


For those who like the detail read the full announcement below.

While I'm here I'd like to thank all our sponsors who have come on board
to support the conference. We really couldn't put on a conference of
this magnitude without their generous assistance. Please help us
acknowledge them by visiting their websites:


Donna Benjamin
Conference Director

Jan28 - Feb02
melbourne uni

** linux.conf.au 2008: Registrations Open **
The Passion to produce Free Software. Do you have it? Do you want it?

Registration is now open for Linux Australia's premier annual event,
linux.conf.au. Attendees are invited to register online at

** Keynotes **
Stormy Peters [1], Director of Community and Partner Programs at Open
Logic, will be joining the conference programme as a keynote speaker.
Stormy says she's really looking forward to linux.conf.au because “it's
one of those conferences that combines the passion of open source with
the people that really make it happen.” Long fascinated by the people
behind open source Stormy asks “How do you explain that passion to
others? Why do people work on Free software? Does paying open source
developers change that passion?” Stormy sees linux.conf.au as a place to
“embrace the Linux technical community, and participate in conversations
that define where technology is going next.”

Stormy will be joining Security expert and pundit Bruce Schneier [2],
also secured to deliver a keynote at the conference being held at the
University of Melbourne, starting on 28 January and concluding with an
Open Day on Saturday 2 February, 2008.

** Programme **
The main conference programme features an array of speakers from
different fields presenting on the Linux kernel, the X Window System,
media, applications, desktop, law, security and usability. “The
programme promises to be deeply technical, entertaining and
enlightening. People have argued this conference should be renamed
because it's not just a Linux conference. They're right. It's not 'just'
a Linux conference, it's so much more. As Australia's main event for
Free and Open Source Software developers we've got speakers coming from
all over the world. Ok, perhaps not from Antarctica, but just about
everywhere else. Mostly, it's serious fun for free software geeks, and
anyone else who believes that Linus' Law, “given enough eyeballs, all
bugs are shallow”, is the path to better software" said Donna Benjamin,
Director of the 2008 conference.

** Mini-confs **
In addition to the main programme, this year's conference will feature
sixteen mini-confs. Mini-confs are dedicated conference streams for
specific communities of interest. The extensive and varied mini-conf
programme is always a highlight of the conference. The 2008 line-up is
no exception:

Community Wireless, Debian, Multimedia, Security,
Distro Summit, Kernel, Embedded, Fedora,
Virtualisation, Gentoo, LinuxChix, GNOME,
System Administration, MySQL, Education, Gaming.

** Registration **
Early Birds registering in the first thirty days will receive a 20%
discount off the standard conference fees, but Early Bird registrations
will close on the 17th of November or before if the Early Bird quota is
reached. All registrations past this date will incur the full fee. For
the Early Bird discount to be applicable attendees must finalise payment
during the Early Bird period or they will be charged full conference

Registration payments are being securely processed through the Direct
One facility by our eGateway partner, SecurePay Australia.

linux.conf.au is an initiative of Linux Australia, and is run each year
by a different team of volunteers, in a different Australasian city. In
2008, the conference returns to its birthplace in Melbourne. From
January 28 to February 2, the University of Melbourne will be the
location for one of the world's most brilliant gatherings of Free and
Open Source Software developers, users and devotees.

For more information, see the website: http://linux.conf.au/

[1] Stormy Peters - http://www.openlogic.com/blogs/author/stormy/
[2] Bruce Schneier - http://www.schneier.com/blog/

** About linux.conf.au **
linux.conf.au (http://linux.conf.au/) is Australia's annual technical
conference about Free Software. Fun, informal and seriously technical,
linux.conf.au draws together Free and Open Source Software developers
from across the world. It will be held from January 28th to February
2nd, 2008 at The University of Melbourne.

** About Linux Australia **
Linux Australia (http://www.linux.org.au/) 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.

donna benjamin - executive director
ph +61 3 9326 9985 | mob +61 418 310 414
research - facilitation - web development 

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