[Linux-aus] LCA2010 Miniconf CFPs have opened

Chris Neugebauer chrisjrn at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 19:54:25 EST 2009

I'm somewhat surprised that this announcement hasn't made it here yet...

All of the LCA2010 Miniconfs have now opened their calls for papers,
you can find links to each of the CFPs at

I've included the announcement made on the LCA2010 website at the end
of this message.

--Christopher Neugebauer
Co-organiser, Open Programming Languages Miniconf 2010


WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Monday 7 September 2009 – The linux.conf.au
2010 Miniconfs have put out their Call for Miniconf Papers!

Miniconfs are an important part of linux.conf.au, allowing 1-day long
dedicated streams for specific communities of interest over the course
of two days. The Call for Miniconf Papers marks another opportunity
for delegates to submit session proposals to a Miniconf of their
choosing for selection. Among the Miniconfs being held in Wellington
next year are - "The Business of Open Source", "Education", "Free the
Cloud", and "Open and the Public Sector".

"We are thrilled with the line up of Miniconfs, and expect to see many
papers being submitted" says Francois Marier, LCA2010 Miniconf
Coordinator. "We would also like to encourage the many people who
submitted papers to the main conference to also participate in the two
days of Miniconfs."

== linux.conf.au Miniconfs ==

Here are the details for each of the fourteen Miniconfs. This list is
also available from the LCA2010 Miniconfs webpage.

=== Arduino Miniconf ===

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 micro-controller development board
originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block
in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional

The Arduino Miniconf is looking for presentations that cover topics
such as specific techniques ("Compiling Arduino apps from the command
line") and projects ("How I built an Arduino-controlled autonomous
submarine"). Topics can cover either hardware, software, or both.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Arduino

=== The Business of Open Source Miniconf ===

The "Business of Open Source" Miniconf is for people interested in
business aspects of open source. Topics include licensing your work,
building a market, building a community, gathering market data,
distribution, communications, working with Open Source developers,
working with governments and countries, working with procurement
departments, corporate governance, funding, pricing, lessons from your
experience, and whatever related topics people would like to bring up.
Whether you are a student working on a one-person Open Source project,
own your own Open Source consulting company, or create Open Source
strategy for a multi-billion dollar company, this Miniconf hopes to
bring different people together to exchange thoughts and facilitate
discussion about these topics.

To submit a proposal: https://fossbazaar.org/content/lca-devbiz-january-2010

=== Data Storage and Retrieval Miniconf ===

All Linux users and developers need to store data and retrieve it in a
timely and reliable fashion. All levels of the operating system are
used to make this happen, from the storage devices and their drivers,
to the file system, all the way to the database.

If you have something to say about storage hardware, file systems,
RAID, LVM, databases or anything else Linux and storage related,
please submit early and submit often!

To submit a proposal: http://miniconf.osda.asn.au/node/add/proposal

=== Distro Summit ===

The Distro Summit will have a strong focus on collaboration between
Free Software distributions. We are looking for proposals from any
Free Software distribution, from the typical full distributions (both
Linux and non-Linux) to the niche market derivatives.

In spite of the strong focus on collaboration between Free Software
distributions, topics may include packaging, maintenance, relationship
with upstream developers, release management and QA.

To submit a proposal: http://distrosummit.org/cfp.html

===Education Miniconf ===

The Education Miniconf will focus on educational uses of Free and Open
Source initiatives used around the world, including tools for teaching
and school management.

It will provide talks and workshops directly useful to educators,
administrators and those interested in supporting education
initiatives and/or influencing their direction and uptake.

To submit a proposal: http://laptop.org.nz/node/add/miniconfsubmission

=== Free the Cloud! ===

Personal computers are giving way to netbooks and mobile devices. The
browser has become the main UI for end-user applications. Enterprises
are moving from data centres to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and
hosted solutions. As computing ascends into the cloud, what will be
the role of Free and Open Source software? And how will we preserve
the hard-won advantages FLOSS provides?

In this Miniconf, we will discuss the theoretical and practical
frameworks for freedom in the cloud; review the use of FLOSS and Open
Content for consumer protection and to avoid business lock-in; and
survey the Free Software that is providing an alternative to
proprietary Web sites and cloud services.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Free_The_Cloud%21

=== Haecksen and Linuxchix Miniconf ===

This Miniconf is primarily organised by members of linuxchix.org.nz -
people who play and work with Linux. However, this does not reflect
the true range of women who are working and playing with all sorts of
technology in Australasia and the Pacific: smart crafters, OLPC
volunteers and, of course, many FLOSS contributors. We chose haecksen
- the German feminine for "hacker" as a way to reflect this diversity
and engagement with technology.

We would like to ensure a mix of listening and participating. As such,
if anyone is interested in running a panel or discussion we would like
to encourage them to submit. Suggested topics include: systems
administration, networking, smart crafting, usability, cloud
computing, professional development, the loyalty tax, community
involvement, imposter syndrome, virtual servers, security, social
engineering, hardware hacking, submitting your first patch.

To submit a proposal: http://haecksen.org.nz/node/add/miniconfsubmission

=== Libre Graphics Day ===

Do you develop, use, document, or train with Free Software Graphix
tools? Tools such as GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Blender, Krita, Sk1,
Fontforge and Fontmatrix. Are you involved in the testing and
development of the sub-systems and libraries on which these apps
depend? Perhaps you can share expertise in the 'How' of Libre
Graphics? Could you talk about Design techniques and workflow? Pre-
press, or Themes and Skins for open source web frameworks. What about
Digital asset management? What about the Why? Communication strategy
and effective marketing using graphic design. Open Source publishing?
What about Digital Art just for Art's sake? Perhaps you have other
ideas that relate to Libre Graphics?

We're calling for presentations related to Free Software in the
Graphics domain, and aim to provide an environment for cross-project
collaboration to build understanding of shared problems, and work
towards shared solutions. Most of all, we just wanna have fun, and
bring some of the Libre Graphics Love to the southern hemisphere.

To submit a proposal: http://libregraphicsday.org/cfp

=== Multicore and Parallel Programming Miniconf ===

The Multicore and Parallel Computing Miniconf offers a space to learn
about Open Source contributions (existent or in progess) to the
problem of developing parallel software. It aims to launch a
conversation on how the Open Source Community, the Education sector,
Scientists and Researchers, Developers and the Industry are looking at
this new scenario. We invite presentations with a broad scope from
specific code and technical developments, direct applications (i.e.
games industry, HPC, etc) and scientific research to training on
parallel programming and how the Open Source model will be central to
developing a sustainable platform for multicore and parallel

To submit a proposal: http://multicorenz.wordpress.com/lca2010-miniconf/

=== Multimedia Miniconf ===

The aim of this Miniconf is to allow Linux audio and video developers
and users to meet and share ideas, and also to discuss
multimedia-related issues with the developers of the kernel,
networking and desktop systems. For all users, it will be a great way
to see and hear the variety of tools available and to contribute.

The Multimedia Miniconf is an event for technical people, ordinary
users, and artists that share an interest in Open Source media
software. The event will offer talks with the latest updates on open
source media software and standards around them, such as the recent
HTML5 video element.

To submit a proposal: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/Miniconfs/Multimedia

=== Open and the Public Sector ===

Free Software, Open Data, and Open APIs are already changing
government: lowering costs, exposing waste, increasing transparency,
and permitting citizens to use and extend government information and
services. Though already making a difference, adoption is by no means
as widespread as would make sense. While the benefits seem obvious to
proponents, public sector IT managers often see considerable obstacles
to adoption of free software,open data and practices.

This Miniconf will provide a forum to discuss the issues around Free
Software use and Open Government practices as well as showcase some
success stories and initiatives.

To submit a proposal: http://open.org.nz/lca2010-open-government-miniconf/

=== Open Programming Languages Miniconf ===

The Open Programming Languages Miniconf invites presentations about
all programming languages with an Open Source implementation, such as
Perl, Python, C, PHP and Ruby. Topics may include recent developments
in open programming languages, interface design, portability and
packaging, coding applications with cool new libraries and frameworks,
and showing off the use of novel programming techniques.

Whilst most talks will be specific to a single language, the focus of
this Miniconf will be on sharing techniques, best practices and values
amongst programmers of all open programming languages.

To submit a proposal: http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm/cfp

=== System Administration Miniconf ===

The Systems Administration Miniconf will focus on tips, tricks, tools,
and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both
large and small. Attendees of this Miniconf will improve their ability
to manage their Linux systems environment both now and in the future.

An important goal will be to provide talks directly useful to
professional Linux administrators. Topics can include: Systems
Administration, Backups, Security, Troubleshooting, Buying Decisions,
Virtualisation, Enterprise Monitoring and Management, Identity
Management, Web and Email management, Wiki, Clustering and High
Availability, Log Management, Spam and Virus Filtering, VOIP,
Ticketing systems, Bootstrapping and automated installation,
Configuration Management and packaging.

We strongly welcome topics on best practice, new developments in
systems administration and cutting edge techniques to better manage
Linux hosts and environments.

To submit a proposal: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/cfp10.html

=== Wave Developers ===

The Google Wave team is organising a Miniconf to provide the Wave
community with a forum in which to share ideas, techniques and code.
We are interested in talks covering any aspect of Google Wave, from
APIs to federation to independent implementations to research - the
only requirement is that any code must be Open Source.

To submit a proposal: http://sites.google.com/site/waveminiconfatlca/

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