linux.conf.au 2015 News

Speaker Feature: Leslie Hawthorn, Richard Jones

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Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn

Checking Your Privilege: A How-To for Hard Things

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source.

In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads Developer Relations. She works from Elasticsearch’s EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when not out and about gathering user praise and pain points.

For more information on Leslie's presentation, see here.


Richard Jones

Richard Jones

The future of Python packaging

1:20pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Richard has been a Python programmer and part of the Python community for a very long time now. He created and administers pypi.python.org, though he has help from infrastructure elves these days.

For more information on Richard and his presentation, see here. You can follow him as @r1chardj0n3s and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.

Speaker Feature: Deb Nicholson, Julian Simpson

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Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson

Software Patents: Trolls and Other Bullies

11:35am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Deb wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership and to activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.

Deb won the O’Reilly Open Source Award, one of the most recognized awards in the FLOSS world, for her work on GNU MediaGoblin and OpenHatch.

For more information on Deb and her presentation, see here. You can follow her as @mediagoblin and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Julian Simpson

Julian Simpson

Surrounded by Graphs - a short introduction to Graph Databases and Neo4j

1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

Julian has had a long and interesting career in the very comfortable trenches of IT. From a very entry-level position in the industry, he's worked in Support, Unix Systems Administration, Build and Release Management, and Development. He has worked in New Zealand, the USA and the UK where he was foresighted enough to buy his EuroStar ticket to the first DevOpsDays conference in 2009.

Julian has worked at many companies as an employee and as a consultant. Most of his experience is in Telecommunications, Media, and Finance. For the last 3 years he's worked for Neo Technology, the people who make Neo4j. He lives in Auckland with his wife and family.

For more information on Julian and his presentation, see here. You can follow her as @builddoctor and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.

Speaker Feature: Fraser Tweedale, Peter Chubb

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Fraser Tweedale

Fraser Tweedale

FreeIPA: Open Source Identity Management

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Fraser is a developer at Red Hat, where he works on the FreeIPA identity management solution and Dogtag Certificate System. He is passionate about security and privacy. In his spare time, Fraser writes a lot of Haskell and patiently awaits the strongly-typed functional programming revolution.

For more information on Fraser and his presentation, see here. You can follow his as @hackuador and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Peter Chubb

Peter Chubb

SD Cards and filesystems for Embedded Systems

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Peter has been hacking on UNIX since 1979, and has never used Windows. He currently does system (kernel and low-level) programming in a Linux environment for NICTA.

Peter's research interests include operating system algorithms for scalability, including storage, scheduling, memory management, and locking. He is also interested in systems performance measurement and optimisation.

Related hobbies include music, photography and fine wines, these also occasionally lead to research.

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

Speaker Feature: Selena Deckelmann, Thomas Sprinkmeier

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Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann

What technical learners need

3:40pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Selena is a major contributor to PostgreSQL and a data architect at Mozilla. She is a director of the Python Software Foundation.

She's been involved with free and open source software since 1995 and began running conferences for PostgreSQL in 2007. In 2012, she founded PyLadiesPDX, a portland chapter of PyLadies. She founded Open Source Bridge, Postgres Open and speaks internationally about open source, databases and community. She also keeps chickens and gives a lot of technical talks.

For more information on Selena and her presentation, see here. You can follow her as @selenamarie and don’t forget to mention #LCA2015.


Thomas Sprinkmeier

Thomas Sprinkmeier

How to train your Minions

3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Thomas graduated from UniSA in 1992 as an Electronic Engineer where he was seduced by PC's early in first year.

He's been working as a Software Engineer ever since for Ebor Computing in a variety of projects, usually with heavy mathematical, signal processing and networking components, occasionally interfacing to the 'real world'. Most recently he has been working at making cars smarter an safer, on the assumption that this might be easier than upgrading drivers.

Thomas started embarassing his kids at school by taking over the class and teaching about things from pulleys to railguns, paper planes to robot programming, conducting playdough to tidal locks. Most recently he has been teaching on weekends about Raspberry Pi, Arduino and 3D printing.

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

Speaker Feature: Timothy Jones, Tom Clark

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Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones

Hop, Skip, Jump: Implementing a concurrent interpreter with Promises

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Tim is a PhD student at Victoria University involved in programming language design and type theory. He got his start in open-source and the PL world as a core contributor to the CoffeeScript project before becoming enamoured with Haskell, and now teaches advanced programming language concepts, has produced a few papers in the field, and occasionally writes in Agda. He also organises Pixel Jam, an annual 48-hour game jam in Wellington, during which he always builds novelty fishing simulators.

Tim has worked as part of the Grace language project over the last three years, contributing to its open-source implementation and spawning several smaller projects of his own. His most recent work has been on Hopper, a concurrent JavaScript interpreter.

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


Tom Clark

Tom Clark

What should a Systems Administration Student's Homework Look Like?

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Tom Clark studied mathematics and computer science at Seattle University and Dartmouth College before going on to work in various software development, IT operations, and tertiary teaching roles. Tom joined the staff of Dunedin, New Zealand's Otago Polytechnic in July of 2013 to teach in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme. He teaches papers in programming, networking, and systems administration.

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

Speaker Feature: Rafael Wysocki, Stewart Smith

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Rafael Wysocki

Rafael Wysocki

Getting more out of System Suspend in Linux

11:35am Thursday 15th January 2015

Rafael is the maintainer of the Linux kernel's core ACPI and power management code, including the core infrastructure for runtime PM, system suspend and hibernation, cpuidle and cpufreq. He works at Intel Open Source Technology Center as a Software Engineer with focus on the Linux kernel. Rafael has been actively contributing to Linux since January 2005, in particular to the kernel's suspend and hibernate subsystem, power management in general (runtime PM, PM QoS, wakeup framework etc.), hot-plug infrastructure, ACPI core and PCI core. Rafael received an MSc from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics, in 1996 and a PhD from that faculty in 2002.

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


Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith

Towards One MILLION SQL Queries Per Second

3:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Stewart currently works for IBM in the Linux Technology Center on KVM on POWER, giving him a job that is even harder to explain to non-Linux geek people than ever before. Previously he worked for Percona as Director of Server Development where he oversaw development of many of Percona’s software products. He comes from many years of experience in databases and free and open source software development. He’s often found hacking on the Drizzle database server, taking photos, running, brewing beer and cycling (yes, all at the same time).

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

Stewart is also one of our wonderful Miniconf organisers; running the Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf on Tuesday 13th.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Eben Moglen

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Eben Moglen

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

Call for Presentations for Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration Miniconf

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"Software defined everything," DevOps, and cloud are driving open source further and faster than we might have imagined possible just a decade ago. Most recently, Docker containers and orchestration have opened up all kinds of new opportunities to develop, deploy, and manage software from the developer's desktop well into production.

Call for Presentations

The miniconf will focus on the open source tools and best practices for working with cloud tools, containers, and orchestration software (e.g., Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, and others). We want the leading developers working on those tools, as well as users who are deploying them in real production environments to share their knowledge and show where tools will be going in 2015.

We welcome talks on container security, creating complex applications in the cloud, working with open source Platforms-as-a-Service, container orchestration, packaging applications in containers, single-purpose operating systems, and presentations on the state and future of these applications from their developers.

Presentations should be useful to practitioners, and technical in nature. Talks should not be promotional in nature.

Format for Presentations

As we only have one day, presentation slots will be shorter than many speakers may be used to. Most talks will be 20 minutes, with the possibility for one or two longer slots for exceptionally interesting and involved topics.

Please indicate which type of presentation you're seeking:

  • 20 minute full presentation.
  • 10 minute "case study" or "state of project" presentation.
  • 40 minute double-length presentation.
Final configuration of talk/times is pending submissions received.

Submitting Talks

Please see the Submission Template and submit your proposal to miniconf [at] dissociatedpress.net. Please include [LCA15 CFP] and talk title in your subject line. (For example: [LCA15 CFP] Whiz-Bang Container Wrangling with Docker and Acme Widgets.)

Note: In order to present at the miniconf, you must be registered for the main Linux.conf.au conference, and presenting at the miniconf does not entitle speakers to registration at the main conference, or any travel sponsorship.

Important Dates

  • 2014-11-15 Deadline for early submissions
  • 2014-11-20 Early submissions confirmation
  • 2014-11-25 Deadline for all submissions
  • 2014-12-1 Confirmation for submissions
  • 2014-12-2 Final speaker confirmation required
  • 2014-12-4 Final schedule announced
  • 2015-01-12 Miniconf (first day of Linux.conf.au 2015)

Schedule

The schedule will be announced on 4 December 2014.

Code of Conduct

The Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration Miniconf follows the Linux.conf.au Code of Conduct and values statement. Please do read the full Code of Conduct and Values Statement, but the bottom line is that Linux.conf.au is meant to be an event for a diverse community. Anyone – regardless of age, race, gender identity or expression, background, disability, appearance, sexuality, walk of life, or religion – should be able to attend, learn from and be inspired by other people in the Free and Open Source community.

It is important that everyone be courteous and respectful to other attendees. All public presentations should be suitable for people 12-years-old and above. Presentations may not contain:

  • Sexual or violent imagery
  • Exclusionary language
  • Language that is not appropriate for an all-ages audience

If you're in doubt, you are encouraged to confer with conference speaker liaiso

Current CFPs for lca2015 miniconfs

n or mailing list/forum moderators before your session.

Questions?

If you have questions that aren't covered here, please contact Joe Brockmeier at miniconf [at] dissociatedpress.net. For fastest response, please include [LCA15 CFP] in your subject line.

Call for Papers for Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf

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This is the Call for Papers for the Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous Integration Automation Miniconf at linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland. The CFP closes at midnight on 21st November 2014.

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Call for Presentations for Open Radio Miniconf

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This is an invitation for proposals for presentations for the second Open Radio Miniconf at linux.conf.au in Auckland, NZ from Kim Hawtin, the miniconf's organiser. Proposals must be received by 14 December 2014.

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