linux.conf.au 2015 News
Submitted on 2014-10-31 12:01
The LCA 2015 team is honoured to announce our first Keynote speaker - Professor Eben Moglen, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Law Center and professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School.
Professor Moglen's presentation is scheduled for 09:00 am Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. He earned his PhD in History and his law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven.
After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia.
In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.
We are especially grateful to Michael Davies for his efforts in bringing Professor Moglen to LCA 2015 in Auckland for us - thank you Michael!
The LCA 2015 Auckland Team
Submitted on 2014-10-27 16:38
Ask Away: Staking Out the Stakeholders
11:35am Friday 16th January 2015
Meg is a designer and thinker whose practice spans graphic, interactive, film, service and performance design. She is currently undertaking a Master of Design at Massey University and her research explores the influence of open source culture and participatory democracy on civic engagement. Meg’s work is deeply social, and draws from human-centred design, behavioural psychology and collaborative modes of working.
Who is Linux Australia?
3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015
Joshua is a software developer for Rackspace Australia working on upstream OpenStack. He works from his home in Hobart, Tasmania. Joshua is currently President of Linux Australia, previously the co-chair for PyCon Australia and a key organiser for linux.conf.au. He has an interest in robotics having recently completed a degree in mechatronic engineering. Josh is an active contributor to the openstack-infra and nova projects.
For more information on Josh and his presentation, see here.
Submitted on 2014-10-28 09:21
SL[AUO]B:Kernel memory allocator design and philosophy
12:15pm Friday 16th January 2015
Christoph specializes in High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading technologies. As an operating system designer and kernel developer he has been developing memory management technologies for Linux to enhance performance and reduce latencies. He is fond of new technologies and new ways of thinking that disrupt existing industries and causes new development communities to emerge.
CoreOS: An introduction
11:35 am Friday 16th January 2015
Brandon Philips is helping to build modern Linux server infrastructure at CoreOS. Prior to CoreOS, he worked at Rackspace hacking on cloud monitoring and was a Linux kernel developer at SUSE. In addition to his work at CoreOS, Brandon sits on Docker's governance board and is one of the top contributors to Docker. As a graduate of Oregon State's Open Source Lab he is passionate about open source technologies.
Brandon has also been a speaker at many conferences including Open Source Bridge 2012 and Open Source Conference 2012.
Submitted on 2014-10-27 16:16
Wiki New Zealand: Winning through collaboration
4:35pm Thursday 15th January 2015
Lillian is the founder and chief of Wiki New Zealand.
Wiki New Zealand is a collaborative website making data about New Zealand visually accessible to everyone. The site presents data in simple, visual form only, so that it remains as unbiased and as accessible to everyone as possible. The content is easy to understand and digest, and is presented from multiple angles, wide contexts and over time, inviting users to compare, contrast and interpret. Lillian is an accomplished presenter who was invited to speak at OSDC 2013, was a keynote speaker at Gather 2014 and a speaker at TEDx Auckland 2013.
The Democratisation of Radio
10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015
David is an electronic engineer living in Adelaide, South Australia. His mission is to improve the world – just a little bit, through designing open hardware and writing open source software for telephony.
In January 2006 David quit corporate life as an Engineering Manager to become an open source developer. He now develops open telephony hardware and software full time. David likes to build advanced telephony technology – then give it away.
Submitted on 2014-10-17 11:45
Lana Brindley and Alexandra Settle
8 writers in under 8 months: from zero to a docs team in no time flat
11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015
Lana and Alexandra are both technical writers as Rackspace, the open Cloud Company.
Lana has been writing open source technical documentation for about eight years, and right now I’m working on documenting OpenStack with Rackspace, she does a lot of speaking, mostly about writing. She also talks about other topics from open source software to geek feminism and working in IT.
Lana is also involved in several volunteer projects including linux.conf.au, Girl Geek Dinners, LinuxChix, OWOOT (Oceania Women of Open Tech), and various Linux Users Groups (LUGs). Alexandra is a technical writer with the Rackspace Cloud Builders Australia team. She began her career as a writer for the cloud documentation team at Red Hat, Australia. Alexandra prefers Fedora over other Linux distributions.
Recently she was part of a team that authored the OpenStack Design Architecture Guide, and hopes to further promote involvement in the OpenStack community within Australia.
Advanced Linux Server-Side, Threats: How they work and what you can do about them
1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015
Olivier is an engineer that loves technology, software, security, open source, linux, brewing beer, travels and android.
Coming from the dusty Unix server room world, Olivier evolved professionally in networking, information security and open source software development to finally become malware researcher at ESET Canada. Presenting at Defcon, publishing in (In)secure Mag, teaching infosec to undergrads (ÉTS), driving the NorthSec Hacker Jeopardy and co-organizer of the MontréHack training initiative are among its note-worthy successes.
Submitted on 2014-10-24 07:29
The Earlybird registrations are going extremely well – over 50% of the available tickets have sold in just two weeks! This is no longer a conference we are planning – this is a conference that is happening and that makes the Organisation Team very happy!
Speakers have been scheduled. Delegates are coming. We now urgently need to expand our team of volunteers to manage and assist all these wonderful visitors to ensure that LCA 2015 is unforgettable – for all the right reasons.
Volunteers are needed to register our delegates, show them to their accommodation, guide them around the University and transport them here and there. They will also manage our speakers by making sure that their presentations don't overrun, recording their presentations and assisting them in many other ways during their time at the conference.
Anyone who has been a volunteer before will tell you that it’s an extremely busy time, but so worthwhile. It’s rewarding to know that you’ve helped everybody at the conference to get the most out of it. There's nothing quite like knowing that you've made a difference.
But there is more, membership has other privileges and advantages! You don't just get to meet the delegates and speakers, you get to know many of them while helping them as well. You get a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes and close to the action. You can forge new relationships with amazing, interesting, wonderful people you might not ever get the chance to meet any other way.
Every volunteer's contribution is valued and vital to the overall running and success of the conference. We need all kinds of skills too – not just the technically savvy ones (although knowing which is the noisy end of a walkie-talkie may help). We want you! We need you! It just wouldn't be the same without you! If you would like to be an LCA 2015 volunteer it's easy to register. Just go to our volunteer page for more information. We review volunteer registrations regularly and if you’re based in Auckland (or would like a break away from wherever you are) then we would love to meet you at one of our regular meetings. Registered volunteers will receive information about these via email.
Submitted on 2014-10-23 08:16
Evaluating government policies using open source models
10:40am Wednesday 14th January 2015
Dr. Audrey Lobo-Pulo is a passionate advocate of open government and the use of open source software in government modelling. Having started out as a physicist developing theoretical models in the field of high speed data transmission, she moved into the economic policy modelling sphere and worked at the Australian Treasury from 2005 till 2011.
Currently working at the Australian Taxation Office in Sydney, Audrey enjoys discussions on modelling economic policy.
Servo: Building a Parallel Browser
10:40am Friday 16th January 2015
Jacks current project is called Chesspark and is an online community for chess players built on top of technologies like XMPP (aka Jabber), AJAX, and Python.
He previously created the Icecast Streaming Media Server, spent a lot of time developing and managing the Ogg Vorbits project, and helping create and run the Xiph.org Foundation. All these efforts exist to create a common, royalty free, and open standard for multimedia on the Internet.
Jack is also passionate about Free Software and Open Source, technology, music, and photography.
Submitted on 2014-10-22 08:25
When Your Codebase Is Nearly Old Enough To Vote
11:35 am Friday 16th January 2015
Denise is one of the founders of Dreamwidth, a journalling site and open source project forked from Livejournal, and one of only two majority-female open source projects.
Denise has appeared at multiple open source conferences to speak about Dreamwidth, including OSCON 2010 and linux.conf.au 2010.
For more information on Denise and her presentation, see here.
seL4 Is Free - What Does This Mean For You?
4:35pm Thursday 15th January 2015
Gernot is a Scientia Professor and the John Lions Chair for operating systems at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
He is also leader of the Software Systems Research Group (SSRG) at NICTA. In 2006 he co-founded Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs, acquired in 2012 by General Dynamics) to commercialise his L4 microkernel technology
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)