linux.conf.au 2015 News

Speaker Feature: Aimee Maree Forsstrom, Martin Kealey, Matthew Garrett

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Aimee Maree Forsstrom

Aimee Maree Forsstrom

FireFoxOS and the Linux Kernel

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Aimee has been working in IT since 2000, and has a focus on mobile and web technologies. She has contributed and worked on the OLPC project, Meego, FireFoxOS and on the webside of things Drupal, Joomla, PHPBB, WordPress. Recently she has started playing with Yocto and rolling your own embedded Linux Distros. Her work in Open Source mobile devices saw her join the FireFoxOS Mobile Support team in Mozilla Portland office to assist with reporting technologies.

A world wide public speaker having presented in England, Scotland and Australia this year she added America onto her list with LinuxCon America in Chicago. She regularly helps mentor kids in programming in Australia, England and recently at OSCON in Portland training kids in Python.

An all over uber geek with a deep love of Open Source technologies and how companies and individuals can benefit from not reinventing the wheel.

Loves having long deep discussions about anything Linux and the history of Open Source and how it will eventually save us from the old paradigms of legacy code and forced silos... Will speak 733t for beers...

For more information on Aimee Maree and her presentation, see here.

You can follow her as @aimee_maree and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Martin Kealey

Martin Kealey

Bashing the shell: Advanced Scripting

10:40am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Martin Kealey has been hacking Unixlike systems since the mid 80's, and by now has forgotten how many programming languages he's forgotten. A program is never finished, but it can be elegant, it ought to be useful, and it must be bulletproof.

For more information on Martin and his presentation, see here.


Matthew Garrett

Matthew Garrett

IPMI because ACPI and UEFI weren't terrifying enough

4:35pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Matthew Garrett is a security developer at Nebula and an expert in the field of fourletter specifications (including ACPI, UEFI and IPMI) and the field of four letter words (the use of which would likely be a violation of the LCA code of conduct). These facts are probably not unrelated.

For more information on Matthew and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @mjg59 and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Speaker Feature: Andrew Tridgell, Daniel Vetter, Zane Gilmore

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Andrew Tridgell

Andrew Tridgell

Flying with Linux

1:20 pm Friday 16 January 2015

Andrew is a Linux addict who has become obsessed with autopilots. When not coding he is testing (and sometimes crashing!) search and rescue aircraft in an attempt to bring affordable search and rescue UAVs to the world.

For more information on Andrew and his presentation, see here.


Daniel Vetter

Daniel Vetter

Botching up IOCTLs

3:40 pm Friday 16 January 2015

Daniel Vetter started to contribute to the linux kernel a few years ago when the graphics stack rewrite broke his old laptop and all the developers were busy fixing newer machines. From then on it went all downhill and since 2011 he's enjoying the fun and frustration of working on the Linux graphics driver stack professionally at Intel's OTC. Since 2012 he is also the kernel maintainer of the Intel graphics driver.

As the i915 maintainter Daniel managed to get the quality issues under control and the driver off the infamous No. 1 spot on the kernel's regression list - where it beat entire subsystems. He established solid testing procedures, created an entire new testsuite for the kernel and enforced strict requirements for merging patches.

Additionally Daniel spent a lot of time improvimg the drm (direct rendering manager) subsystem. Daniel was a major driver behind the effort to write documentation for all driver interfaces. He removed lots of old cruft and separated the new-world modesetting driver from the horror show of the legacy drivers and reducing the rather hapzardous ioctl interface surface for drivers.

For more information on Daniel and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @danvet and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Zane Gilmore

Zane Gilmore

FLOSSing in the lab – What Plant and Food Research does with FLOSS

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Zane is a developer and computer consultant for scientists working for the Plant and Food Research Institute. He writes software (mostly in Python) and advises scientists on how to facilitate their science. He has worked as a developer since 2000 after he got a degree in Computer Science at University of Canterbury.

For more information on Zane and his presentation, see here.


Python Software Foundation Outreach Programme

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Thursday 18th December 2014 – linux.conf.au 2015 organisers are proud to announce an update to our funding programme!


Python Software Foundation Outreach Programme

LCA 2015 and the Python Software Foundation are proud to support our community. To supplement the existing InternetNZ Diversity fund the PSF have donated additional funds for candidates within the Python community.

The Python Software Foundation appreciates LCA 2015's commitment to diversity, and is proud to add its own contribution in the form of the Python Software Foundation Outreach Fund. Much system software for Linux is written in Python (including both distro level tools and open source system management projects like OpenStack, Salt and Ansible), and Linux is often the default choice for deployment of Python web services and other networked applications. This contribution is intended to strengthen ties between the Python and Linux communities by assisting under-represented delegates who participate in the Python community in the region but, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend LCA 2015.

For more information please see our funding registration page.


About linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the world's best conferences for free and open source software! The coming linux.conf.au; LCA 2015 will be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from Monday 12 January to Saturday 16 January 2015. LCA 2015 will be fun, informal and seriously technical, bringing together Free and Open Source developers, users and community champions from around the world. LCA 2015 is the third time linux.conf.au has been held in New Zealand. The first was in Dunedin in 2006 and the second was in Wellington in 2010.

For more information please visit our website

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

For more information see: http://www.linux.org.au/

Emperor Penguin Sponsors

LCA 2015 is proud to acknowledge the support of our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, Catalyst IT, HP and IBM, and our diversity sponsor Internet NZ.

For more information about our sponsors click below -

        

Speaker Feature: Brenda Wallace, David Airlie, Dirk Hohndel

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Brenda Wallace

Brenda Wallace

EQNZ – crisis response, open source style

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Brenda Wallace is an Open Source contibutor from Wellington. She likes all the programming languages, but especially the ones beginning with P. Brenda works with the mighty wonderful people at Rabid Tech. Also, she's not a werewolf.

For more information on Brenda and her presentation, see here.


David Airlie

David Airlie

Displayport MST: why do my laptop dockoutputs not work?

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

David Airlie is the upstream kernel graphics maintainer and work for Red Hat out of their Brisbane office. He is part of the maintainer team for Red Hat Enterprise Linux graphical components. He recently branched into virtualisation for graphics project and is trying to create a fully open source virtualised 3D graphics device capable of supporting modern operating-system requirements. He also gets distracted from this task my many random other graphics projects, of which support for Displayport MST is one.

For more information on David and his presentation, see here.


Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel

Sustaining Momentum - or the Gap Between User Request and Developer Capacity

3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Dirk is Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist. He has been an active developer and contributor in the Linux space since its earliest days, among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and as Unix Architect at Deutsche Bank. Dirk joined Intel in 2001 and since then has been working in the Software and Services Group with a focus on the technology direction of Intel's Open Source Technology Center and Intel's engagements in open source. His interests range from kernel to user interaction, from massively scalable cloud services to mobile operating systems. He is an active contributor in many open source projects and organizations, various program committees and advisory boards and currently maintains the Subsurface dive log project. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Würzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR, USA.

For more information on Dirk and his presentation, see here.

Speaker Feature: Jonathan Corbet, Josh Berkus, Mark McClain

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Jonathan Corbet

Jonathan Corbet

The kernel report

11:35am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Jonathan Corbet is the lead editor of LWN.net, co-author of Linux Device Drivers, a member of the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board, and a occasional kernel contributor.

For more information on Jonathan and his presentation, see here.


Josh Berkus

Josh Berkus

PostgreSQL Replication Tutorial

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Josh Berkus is best known as a core team member of the global PostgreSQL database project. He's also CEO of PostgreSQL Experts Inc., and sits on the board of several database startups. As well as PostgreSQL, Josh dabbles Python, Perl, Redis, and Docker these days, but ask him for an update when you see him. He's had a Linux desktop since 1998.

For more information on Josh and his presentation, see here.


Mark McClain

Mark McClain

Tunnels and bridges: A drive through OpenStack Networkings

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Mark McClain is a Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo!, member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, and is a core reviewer of the the OpenStack Networking Project. He served as the Technical Lead for Neutron during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. Mark has 14 years of software development experience and OpenStack Networking combines two of his favorite interests: networking and Python.

For more information on Mark and his presentation, see here.


Keynote Speaker - Bob Young

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Bob Young

The LCA 2015 team are honoured to announce our third Keynote speaker - Bob Young, founder and chairman of Lulu.com, co-founder of Red Hat and the Center for Public Domain.

Bob's presentation is scheduled for 09:00 am Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bob Young is the founder and chairman of Lulu.com, a premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 300,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week.

Lulu.com, founded in 2002, is Young's most recent endeavour. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the "Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006" and was ranked as the fourth "Top Entrepreneur for 2006," both by Silicon.com.

In 1993, Young co-founded Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the open-source software company that gives hardware and software vendors a standard platform on which to certify their technology. Red Hat is a Fortune 500 company and chief rival to Microsoft. His success at Red Hat won him industry accolades, including nomination as one of Business Week's "Top Entrepreneurs" in 1999

Before founding Red Hat, Young spent 20 years at the helm of two computer-leasing companies that he founded. His experiences as a high tech entrepreneur combined with his innate marketing savvy led to Red Hat's success. His book, "Under the Radar", chronicles how Red Hat's open source strategy successfully won wide industry acceptance in a market previously dominated by proprietary binary-only systems. Young has also imparted the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial experiences through his contributions to the books to "You've GOT to Read This Book!" and "Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul."

In 2000, Young co-founded the Center for Public Domain, a non-profit foundation created to bolster healthy conversation of intellectual property, patent and copyright law, and the management of the public domain for the common good. Grant recipients included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and the Future of Music Coalition.

In addition to enjoying fly fishing, Young collects calculators and antique typewriters, a nod to his beginnings as a typewriter salesman and can usually be found sporting a pair of red socks. However, instead of red on his head, Young now tips his orange hat.

The LCA 2015 Auckland Team

Keynote Session - Q&A with Linus Torvalds

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Linus Torvalds

Way, way back in 2003, at LCA in Perth, there was a Q&A session with Linus Torvalds, Bdale Garbee and Andrew Tridgell. It’s time for a follow-up so at LCA 2015 in Auckland it’s going to happen!

The Q&A session is scheduled for 09:00 am Friday, 16 January 2015 and will be moderated by Bdale Garbee with the assistance of Andrew Tridgell.

Helsinki-born Linus, who simply calls himself a Software Engineer, was the principal force behind developing the Linux kernel. It all started from an initial usenet posting in August of 1991 and made what has proved to be a historic debut with the release of version 1.0 on March 14 1994.

In June 2003 Linus started working for Open Source Development Labs. After merging with the Free Standards Group it became the Linux Foundation where Linus continues to work as the project’s coordinator and is Chief Architect of the Linux kernel.

In 2005, after criticism for his use and alleged advocacy of BitKeeper, proprietary software for version-control in the Linux kernel, Linus wrote a free-software replacement for BitKeeper called GIT which is now the most widely-adopted version-control system for software development.

Linus is an accomplished diver and in 2011, frustrated with the lack of decent divelog software on Linux, he developed Subsurface (http://subsurface-divelog.org/) an Open Source divelog program that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

We know that there are a number of beautiful diving spots not too far from Auckland...

The LCA 2015 Auckland team would like to thank the Linux Foundation for their assistance in making this possible.

Speaker Feature: Michael Homer, Andrew Cowie, Beau Johnson

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Michael Homer

Michael Homer

Grace: an open-source educational programming language

3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Michael has a long-standing interest in programming languages and language features that help programmers say what they mean. He has spent the last three years designing and building a compiler for the Grace language, and participating in the design and evaluation of the language itself. He has worked on the GoboLinux distribution and is also interested in education, package management, JavaScript, the web, and data storage.

For more information on Michael and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @michaelhomer and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Andrew Cowie

Andrew

Vaultaire: a data vault for system metrics, backed onto Ceph

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Somewhat unusually for a free software hacker, Andrew Cowie was an infantry officer in the Canadian army, having graduated from Royal Military College with a degree in engineering physics. He saw service across North America and a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia. He later ran operations for a new media company in Manhattan and was a part of recovering the firm after the Sept 11 attacks. He regularly consults on crisis resolution, change management, robust architectures, and (more interestingly) leveraging Open Source to achieve these ends.

Andrew currently looks after the engineering group at Anchor Systems, where lately he's been working on scalable distributed systems, building server side code in Haskell and doing as little JavaScript as possible.

For more information on Andrew and his presentation, see here.


Beau Johnston

Beau

Making code run fast on all the things (with OpenCL)

10:40am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Beau is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University and freelance code-monkey. He has an interest in OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenCV, creative naming conventions and image processing. He has developed for iOS, Android, OSX, Linux and a micro-CT machine.

In his free time he likes to play boardgames, lawn bowls and badminton.

For more information on Beau and his presentation, see here.

Speaker Feature: Mark Smith, Roan Kattouw, Mike Tarantino

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Building Services in Go!

1:20pm Friday 15th January 2015

Mark is a little bit of everything. He's done time as a software engineer, a MySQL DBA, a sysadmin, and even managed an operations team. He's worked for the likes of Google and Mozilla, started a successful open source project (Dreamwidth Studios).

In his free time, he likes to write code in Perl, Go, and Python as well as fly small aircraft. He believes strongly in the Oxford comma and wishes to move back to Iceland one day.

For more information on Mark and his presentation, see here.


Roan Kattouw

Roan

Tails from the Trenches: Battling Browser Bugs for “Fun” and (Non-)Profit

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

Roan has been hacking on MediaWiki since 2007. In 2009, he crossed over to the dark side and became a front-end developer (he’s one of those “children” who started front-end development when jQuery already existed).

Since then, he has attempted to make the dark side a little bit less evil by working on ResourceLoader (a JS/CSS loading system for MediaWiki) and VisualEditor (a next-generation editor for wiki pages).

For more information on Roan and his presentation, see here.


Mike Tarantino

Mike Tarantino

Mixing In The Free World

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Mike is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer with 13 years of professional experience, working with artists such as James Blunt, Pete Murray, Badly Drawn Boy, Sloan and Michael Jackson. As a songwriter and musician, his songs have been used in a variety of places from popular TV shows to the sleaziest burlesque halls in Brooklyn.

He was the composer of a neo-swing musical, Buddy Cianci the Musical, performed in New York. He takes inspiration from his cyborg lawyer wife to find free and open solutions wherever he can, as proved by writing the popular theme song of the free software oggcast, Free as in Freedom.

For more information on Mike and his presentation, see here.

Speaker Feature: Karen Sandler, Marco Ostini, Joel Stanley

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Karen Sandler

Karen Sandler

The Low Down on IRS status for Free and Open Source Software Non-profits in the US.

11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015

Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. She is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining Conservancy, she was Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation where she has recently been elected to the Board of Directors. Before that, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center.

Karen co-organizes the award winning GNOME Outreach Program for Women and is an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono General Counsel to QuestionCopyright.Org. Karen is a recipient of the O'Reilly Open Source Award and co-host of the oggcast, Free as in Freedom.

For more information on Karen and her presentation, see here.


Marco Ostini

Marco

The Imperfect Penguin

10:40am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Marco is an Information Security Analyst for AusCERT, and has been an active member of various open source groups and endeavours. Since the early '90s Marco has been hands-on with Linux, deploying it along with other FOSS goodness in infrastructure within one of Australia's larger universities. When it comes to the desktop Marco attempts to be slightly distro agnostic always using both a dpkg and rpm based distro in tandem.

Marco was on the team that hosted LCA in Brisbane - a team that will always be hero's in our minds!

For more information on Marco and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @Marcoostini and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.


Joel Stanley

FPGA killed the video capture star

Joel Stanley

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Joel is an embedded hardware hacker with a background in Electrical Engineering. His fascination with FPGAs started when he created a FPGA based quad-core Gameboy emulator. Since then he has been seen flying High Altitude Balloons with Project Horus, hacking on Android powered software defined radios, and working on the FPGA parts of timsvideos as a Summer of Code mentor.

While not hacking on his hobbies, he works on the Linux Kernel at IBM OzLabs.

For more information on Joel and his presentation, see here.

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