[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Community Update & LCA2021 Information
President, Linux Australia
president at linux.org.au
Wed May 6 12:41:43 AEST 2020
Wow, suffice to say this isn’t something that I thought I would need to
send. But then again, is anything we are currently doing “Business As
This is about the time that we start our full planning mode for
linux.conf.au, assemble our Session Selection Committee, announce our
Grants program and our subcommittees start making their announcements.
But this year is a little different. You may have already seen that the
PyCon AU subcommittee has announced PyConline AU for 2020 and everything
is underway to deliver this to our community.
Which brings me to an update for you about Linux Australia’s recent
activity and what is happening to LCA2021.
Linux Australia is continuing to advocate for our community. We recently
signed an open letter  calling the Government of Australia to be open
and transparent in regards to the “COVIDSafe” app. We joined nearly 100
Academics and Industry Experts calling for this. Signing was important
for Linux Australia because we have an obligation to our community to
advocate for open and transparent standards. It is one of our Values 
and not signing this would be doing our community a dis-service. I have
received lots of fantastic feedback and support which tells me that we
are headed in the right direction.
Our Mailing Lists:
A reminder to all that we have mailing lists available . I would like
to stress (very strongly) that we have a mailing list conduct policy
which is found in our GitHub account . We want this to be a safe and
inclusive environment just like our conferences. If you don’t want to
want to abide by this policy please feel free to unsubscribe.
We would like to change tact for this year’s grants program and
specifically focus on supporting initiatives, projects and groups to get
through this time with technology and access. Funding could be provided
to support projects such as improved documentation and user experience
around web-conferencing software to make it more accessible for those
who may not understand technology as we do. Or it may go to help develop
a web-conferencing solution to suit our conferences and events. An
official email opening the 2020 Grants Program will be sent out in the
coming days. Please stay tuned for more info.
We now come to what everyone is really reading this email for….
Linux Australia, the LCA Ghosts and the LCA2021 team have come together
in the last month and discussed the next steps for us and what we should
do with our beloved conference. We have decided that it is for the best
to postpone LCA2021 to LCA2022. We have secured the 2022 dates with the
Australian National University events booking team. We felt that this
was our best option after considering a number of factors:
There may not be a vaccine available by January 2021.
Opening Call for Sessions during a lockdown is hard to do as
speakers can’t guarantee that they can travel today, tomorrow or
Being realistic about the safety of our International Delegates: if
there is still no vaccine for COVID-19 we can’t reasonably expect
our delegates to go into 2 weeks quarantine on either side of our
The safety of our Volunteers is paramount.
But LCA is my yearly pilgrimage! What does this mean?
We will be running LCA Online!
I will be putting a call out for some volunteers to help me put together
an online conference. This conference will be light touch, with minimal
overheads. If you have any talk ideas keep them brewing. Was there a
talk you gave at LCA 10 years ago and now that you’re 10 years on is
your opinion still the same? Is that project still even a thing? So keep
an eye out on our various channels for a call for volunteers and a call
for talks. Looking forward to seeing what can be put together for you.
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this time of
craziness. Please keep and eye out for more updates coming in the near
future. Remember that these times are troubling and unknown for all of
us so I urge you to please be kind to each other.
If you have any questions or concerns please do contact myself or Council.
Sae Ra Germaine
president at linux.org.au
Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001
ABN 56 987 117 479
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