linux.conf.au 2012 set to shine in Ballarat
Submitted on 2012-01-10 21:27
Ballarat, 11th January 2012
With only days to go until the covers come off 2012's linux.conf.au at the University of Ballarat, excitement is definitely mounting. The conference will welcome four stellar keynote speakers, including internet freedom and anti-censorship campaigner Jacob Appelbaum, GNOME Executive Director Karen Sandler, noted open source campaigner Bruce Perens and Australia's favourite mad scientist Paul Fenwick.
Preparations are in full swing. Conference Director Josh Stewart is particularly pleased with progress to date.
"The Organising Team are an amazing group of people - they're just so dedicated. Everything is coming together well, and we're looking forward to a hosting a conference that is thought provoking, entertaining and most importantly of all, great fun".
One of the challenges the conference team faced in Ballarat was ensuring that delegates had no troubles reaching the venue, with the city being located around an hour out of Melbourne. Stewart was confident that this focus paid off
"We've organised buses to ferry people both from Melbourne Airport and from Ballarat Train Station to the University and other accommodation venues. We have a conference Wiki page to allow people to arrange shared rides, hangout with other delegates on the train or find out the best way to get from A to B".
The first day of the conference, Monday 16th, will play host to eight Mini conferences - sessions focussed around specific topics. The 2012 Miniconferences include:
- Open Programming
- High availability and distributed storage
- Arduino open hardware
- Business of Open Source
- Music and Multimedia
- Browser Miniconf
- Business of Open Source
- Haecksen / LinuxChix
The remaining four days of the conference will see over 70 presentations by notable speakers in the Linux and free and open source software (FOSS) community. Industry luminaries including Jonathan Corbett, Florian Haas and Jonathan Oxer are all confirmed.
"The Speaker line up is simply amazing. We've got something for everyone, ranging from deeply technical tutorials to presentations covering legal aspects of open source software and hardware" noted Stewart.
linux.conf.au will be held 16th-20th January 2012 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Registrations are still open, but places are now limited.
- Web: http://lcaunderthestars.org.au
- Twitter and Identi.ca: @linuxconfau
- Registrations: http://linux.conf.au/register/prices
- Tentative schedule: http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule