linux.conf.au 2015 News
Submitted on 2014-10-15 18:42
Libcontainer: One lib to rule them all
10:40 pm Friday 16th January 2015
Pavel Emelyanov is a principal engineer at Parallels working on server virtualization projects. He holds a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. His speaking experience includes the talk on network namespaces at LinuxCon 2009 and the presentation of the Virtuozzo resource management at the joint memory management, storage and filesystem summit in April 2011.
Open Source Protocols and Architectures to Fix the Internet of Things…
3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015
Alasdair is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.
He has also written articles for Make magazine. The latest entitled “Pick up your tools and get started!” posted 1 September 2014.
Submitted on 2014-10-19 12:58
The Multimedia and Music Miniconf at LCA2015 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday 12 January 2015. We are pleased to formally open the miniconf's Call for Papers. Submissions are encouraged from anyone with a story to tell which is related to open software for multimedia or music.
Examples of possible presentations include:
- demonstrations of multimedia content authored using Open Source programs
- audio recording examples
- Open Source games
- video and image editing on Linux
- new multimedia software being written
- multimedia web APIs and applications
- unusual uses of Open Source multimedia software
- codec news
In addition, we are planning to hold an informal jam session at the end of the Miniconf, giving community members a change to showcase their compositions and multimedia creations. Expressions of interest for this are also invited. If musical instruments are required it is preferable if participants arranged this themselves, but with sufficient lead time it might be possible to arrange a loan from locals in Auckland.
The miniconf website at annodex.org/events/lca2015 has further details about the miniconf.
To submit a proposal or for further information, please email Jonathan Woithe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Silvia Pfeiffer (email@example.com).
Jonathan Woithe and Silvia Pfeiffer(Multimedia and Music miniconf organisers)
Submitted on 2014-10-16 14:23
Why can't we be friends? Integrating Security into an Existing Agile SDLC
3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015
Laura describes herself as an application security wrangler, repeat dreamer, some-time builder, python juggler, Mom and wife.
Using FOI to get source code: the EasyCount experience
3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015
Michael is interested in the law, science, politics and everything in between. He worked in computing, event management and project management. He a policy wonk and systems-oriented and he loves variety but is interested in detail.
His life goal as a child was to know everything. He says that's impossible but is still trying to get as close as he can.
Submitted on 2014-10-15 18:41
Herding Cats: Getting an open source community to work on the same thing.
2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015
John is a familiar sight around the world, he has spoken at many conferences, summits, and meetups, including the OpenStack Summit, OSCON, and LinuxConf Australia.
He is Director of Technology at SwiftStack. SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today s applications, powered by OpenStack Object Storage.
Coccinelle: A program matching and transformation tool
1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015
Himangi finds contributing to open source a great learning platform and she herself has been contributing to Linux kernel and has submitted and had many patches accepted.
She has experience with tools like checkpatch, sparse and coccinelle.
Submitted on 2014-10-08 17:25
The moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived! It is with many hugs of sincere gratitude to the team that we can announce that Earlybird Registration for LCA2015 is now open.
Now is the time to chose - are you a Professional, a Hobbyist or a Student attending LCA2015? Will you be one of our fantastic army of volunteers? Go to lca2015.linux.org.au to register and buy your Earlybird ticket or register as a volunteer.
All of the information that you need is there - what you receive for your ticket price, accommodation options, THE Penguin Dinner, as well as Partners Program and creche options for those of you who are bringing your family with you. You can also register as a volunteer right now, and begin to get involved with our wonderful conference.There have been months of anticipation, and several sleepless nights, but we are now at a truly exciting stage of the conference organising process - registration!
We look forward to seeing you all in January 2015 in Auckland.
The LCA2015 team
Submitted on 2014-10-07 06:57
As part of the linux.conf.au conference in Auckland, New Zealand in January 2015 we will be holding a one day mini conference oriented to Linux Systems Administration.
The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the Miniconf. Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, social networks, and other relevant mailing lists.
This is our 9th year at Linux.conf.au. To see presentations from our previous years, see the miniconf website: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/.
Topics for presentations could include (but are not limited to):
Systems Administration Best Practice, Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS), Docker, Containerisation, Software as a Service (SAAS), Virtualisation, "Cloud" Computing, Service Migration, Dealing with Extranets, Coping with the shortage of IPv4 addresses, Software Defined Networking (SDN), DevOps, Configuration Management, Bootstrapping systems, Lifecycle Management, Monitoring, Dealing with BYOD, Backups in a virtual/distributed world, Security in a world where you cannot even trust your shell, Troubleshooting, Log Management, Buying Decisions, Identity Management, Multi-Factor Authentication, Web and Email management, Keeping legacy systems functioning, and other War stories from the Real World.
We strongly welcome topics on best practice, new developments in systems administration and cutting edge techniques to better manage Linux environments both virtual and physical.
Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least a couple of years experience in Unix/Linux administration.
Format of Presentations
We are now seeking proposals for presentations at the mini-conference.
We have openings for:
- 45 minute double-length presentations
- 20 minute full presentations
- 10-20 minute "Life in the Real World" presentations
- 5-10 minute "lightning talks"
Please note, due to the single day available (and whole-LCA keynote before morning tea), we expect the majority of available timeslots to be 20 minutes long or less.
The 10-20 minute "Life the Real World" presentations are intended for people to talk about their sites or real world projects/problems. Information could include: Servers, talks, tools, people and roles, experiences, software, operating systems, monitoring, alerting, provisioning etc. The intent is to give attendees a picture of what is happening in the "real world" and some understanding of how other sites work, as well as offer you a chance to get suggestions on other tools and practices that might help your site. Discussion of "lessons learned" through really trying to use some of these things are especially welcomed.
Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the miniconf you must be registered (and paid up) for the main linux.conf.au conference. Presenting at the Miniconf does not entitle you to discounted or free registration at the main conference nor priority with registration. Unfortunately the Miniconf has no budget for sponsorship of speakers.
Submissions should be made via: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/proposal15.html
Questions should be sent to: lca2015 at sysadmin.miniconf.org
Dates and Deadlines
To encourage early submissions priority (both of inclusion and scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted before the 19th of October 2014.
- 2014-10-19 - Deadline for early submissions
- 2014-10-26 - Early submissions confirmation
- 2014-11-16 - Deadline for submissions
- 2014-11-30 - Confirmation of all presentations
- 2015-01-13 - Start of Miniconf and 2nd day of linux.conf.au 2015
Contact and Questions
Please see our website for more information on the miniconf, past presentations and presenting at it. If you have any questions please feel free to email the organisers at: lca2015 at sysadmin.miniconf.org
LCA2015 Sysadmin Miniconf Convener
Submitted on 2014-09-22 17:13
- The CFP went extremely well - lots of fantastic proposals
- The Papers Committee had a hard time whittling them down to the number that we need
- We had a great deal of fun planning the structure, then loading it into the database (although that part, not so much)
- Now the schedule is live on the website - read ‘em and weep, my friends!
We think that we have an amazing schedule, and we have you - the LCA community to thank for that. We would have nothing if this wasn’t as important to you as it is to us.
We also have our prices set. Please see the pricing page for more information.
Very soon we will be opening registrations, and all of your LCA2015-related questions will be answered. (If not, you know how to reach us).
The LCA 2015 team
Submitted on 2014-09-19 20:52
OpenStack is Open Source software for building public and private clouds through a series of Infrastructure as a Service building blocks. OpenStack offers virtualized infrastructure -- compute, networking and storage -- as well as orchestration and management tools. Built with the support of a large number of organizations, many of whom sponsor linux.conf.au, there are now thousands of installations around the world. You quite possibly know someone running OpenStack right now.
This year's linux.conf.au miniconf is going to try taking a new approach -- we're going to cover the issues that are important to a System Admin in deploying OpenStack into their environment, while attempting to tell the story of a hypothetical OpenStack deployment from end to end. How does OpenStack integrate with your existing LDAP or Active Directory? What choices need to be made about how to configure storage on your compute nodes? How does scaling your object storage work? What are the networking options you might like to consider? What hypervisor is the right choice for your needs?
We'll also cover the existing configuration management options, including puppet, chef and HP's deployment system tripleo.
The focus of this year's miniconf is explicitly on the deployers of OpenStack, rather than the developers of it. We won't cover developer-centric issues like the latest tweaks to our CI system, or what the state of development is with the Kilo release. We pinky swear there will be no talks on the governance of the OpenStack Foundation.
So, are you interested in deploying cloud infrastructure at your organization? If so, the OpenStack miniconf is the event for you. Also, we'll have stickers. Just sayin'.
Submitted on 2014-09-19 20:29
People often complain about the quality of open source project documentation. At the same time, documentation is a great place to get started contributing to an open source community.
This miniconf will explore practical aspects of Open Source documentation, with an eye to applying them right away.
We will look at:
- popular markup languages (Docbook, DITA, markdown, etc)
- version control systems for writers (SVN, git, etc)
- getting started as a contributor (how to pick a project, getting an account, meeting the community, your first commit, etc)
- documentation skills and methodologies (topic-based authoring, single sourcing, minimalism, etc)
We'll then be able to start contributing documentation. The pacing of this session will be largely driven by participant interest. It might be that we fly through the concepts straight to a frenetic docs hack fest. It might be that we get a lively argument about the best markup language, or whether minimalism is all hype.
Tim Hildred was a technical writer at Red Hat. Before that a barista at the Linuxcaffe in Toronto
Submitted on 2014-09-18 20:32
Linux.conf.au is pleased to announce that an Open Hardware Miniconf will be run the Linux.conf.au 2015 conference in Auckland, New Zealander during January 2015 .
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 microcontroller development board originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional projects.
Interest in Open Hardware is high among FOSS enthusiasts but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar naming schemes. The Miniconf will use the Arduino microcontroller board as a stepping stone to help ease software developers into dealing with Open Hardware. Topics will cover both software and hardware issues, starting with simpler sessions suitable for Open Hardware beginners and progressing through to more advanced topics.
The day will run in two distinct halves. The first part of the day will be a hands-on assembly session where participants will have the chance to solder together a special hardware project developed for the miniconf. Instructors will be on hand to assist with soldering and the other mysteries of hardware assembly. The second part of the day will be presentations about Open Hardware topics, including information on software to run on the hardware project built earlier in the day.
Please see www.openhardwareconf.org for more info.