[Linux-aus] Introducing linux.conf.au 2017's first keynote speaker -- Robert M. "r0ml" Lefkowitz

Christopher Neugebauer (linux.conf.au 2017) chair at hobart.lca2017.org
Tue Oct 11 09:27:47 AEDT 2016

Does Open Source have a part to play in the future? At linux.conf.au 2017,
software architect and open source strategist, Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz will
reflect on how to continue the democratisation of software even as Linux
and Open Source software have become ubiquitous.

We're pleased to welcome r0ml to present a keynote at linux.conf.au 2017,
to be held from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January at the Wrest
Point Convention Centre in Hobart, Tasmania.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets for linux.conf.au 2017 are still
available. You can find more details about our ticket options at

In his keynote, _Keeping Linux Great_, r0ml will help us to consider the
role of Free Software in a technological landscape that has changed
substantially in the years since Linux was first released:

The underlying motivation for Linux and Free Software was (and is) to
democratise software -- making it more accessible to all. This goal has
been especially successful for developers, with Open Source tools becoming
a key part of development of even proprietary software.

Is this the limit of the democratisation that Free Software can achieve?
What new strategies can be developed to continue the democratisation of
software and keep Linux great?

We’re looking forward finding out how r0ml can help us answer these

Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz is the Chief Architect at Warby Parker, a US-based
technology-enabled lifestyle brand. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby
Parker the most innovative company in the world. Prior to Warby Parker, he
worked mostly in the financial and telecommunications industries, acting as
Chief Architect at AT&T Wireless and Vice President of Data Services at
Asurion and Morgan Stanley. In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Engineer
of the ACM.

At one of his first seven jobs, r0ml was the Public Software Librarian for
a timesharing company -- seven years before the GNU manifesto. In 2000, he
became the first person at Merrill Lynch to install Linux, and as a result,
his computer was confiscated by the IT department. In response, he became
the Director of Open Source Strategy for Merrill Lynch, and secured the
email address r at ml.com -- he regrets the loss of that address.

r0ml (who can be found on Twitter as @r0ml) is an enthusiastic, albeit not
very accomplished, fencer and juggler, and enjoys studying obscure
programming languages. He grew up in Brazil, with a French mother and
Chinese father of Russian ancestry. He would love to say something about
his wife, Gina, and their seven children, but space does not permit.

You can find this announcement at
https://linux.conf.au/about/news/r0ml-keynote/ and more details about
r0ml's keynote at https://linux.conf.au/schedule/presentation/107/

== About linux.conf.au 2017 ==

linux.conf.au is a community-driven conference about the Linux operating
system and the vibrant ecosystem of Free and Open Source Software that has
grown up around it. Run in a different Australian or New Zealand city each
year by local volunteers, LCA invites more than 500 people to learn from
the people who shape the future of Open Source.

In 2017, linux.conf.au is welcoming you to Hobart, Tasmania, on Monday 16
through to Friday 20 January. Tickets are now available -- see
https://linux.conf.au/attend for details. We thank our Emperor Penguin
Sponsors, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for their generous
contribution to the conference. For more information, please visit

--Christopher Neugebauer <chair at hobart.lca2017.org>

Conference Director - linux.conf.au - January 2017 - Hobart
Tickets on sale now! https://linux.conf.au/attend
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