Archive for Linux.conf.au 2008

OLPC hands out XO laptops at LCA

The One Laptop Per Child association surprised attendees at Linux.conf.au this morning by handing out 10 of its XO laptops to attendees of the conference. The gift is hoped to encourage software engineers to contribute to the OLPC project by testing the laptops, particularly their group-computing abilities such as mesh networking.

The announcement was made by Jim Gettys, the vice president of software engineering for the One Laptop Per Child foundation. The names of the recipients were randomly selected from the attendee list.

Jim Gettys is speaking about the OLPC project at LCA today at 2.30pm.

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Vox Pop: What are the LCA "must see" sessions?

As the second day of mini-Confs kicks off,  attendees of Linux.conf.au 2008 are busily planning which talks and tuorials they’ll go to. We spoke to a few speakers and attendees to find out what was on their “must see” list.

Stormy Peters (OpenLogic)

“I’m looking forward to going to the One Laptop Per Child talk -I’m expecting mine any day now. I’m also looking forward to seeing everyone!”

Stormy Peters is keynoting on Thursday morning on the topic “Would You Do it Again for Free”. She’ll also be doing a less publicised talk at the Linux Chix mini-conf later today, on the subject “What does a community manager do”.

Pia Waugh (Waugh Partners)

My picks (as a non developer, ex-sys-admin, consultant) are:

  • Joining Second Life to the Real World presented by Jonathan Oxer – cutting edge, something that helps emphasise why openness needs to be the default platform.
  • The Consumer View of Technology presented by Steven Ellis – Helpful in understanding what is happening in the market and what people are looking for.
  • Free software development and localisation helper presented by Yang Li -Understanding the challenges facing various international communities in participating in FOSS.”

Pia Waugh is speaking about the Australian Open Source Industry and Community Census on Friday at 2.30pm with Jeff Waugh.

Jacinta Richardson (Perl Training Australia)

  • “Stormy’s keynote.  I’ve never seen Stormy talk before, but I think the topic is a really good one, and, well it’s good to see women up the front giving keynotes.  It’s not as common as I feel it should be.
  • “Create your own open source dance mat – Tamara Oliver. I love DDR and Step Mania, but dance mats are so finicky.  I’d love to know more about how they work, how to fix them and even how to create them! 
  • Stop in the name of the law – Kimberlee Watherall.  Kimberlee’s great at distilling complex legal stuff into something easily accessible for developers.  With the current climate, knowing this stuff should be mandatory for all developers.  Plus she has a wicked sense of humour.”

Jacinta Richardson is organising LCA’s second annual Open Day, which happens on Saturday 2 February.

Are you attending Linux.conf.au 2008? If so, share your “must see” sessions in comments please!

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Shaky start to LCA 2008

Delegates arriving at the registration desk at Linux.conf.au this morning were greeted with the distressing news that due to the Australia Day public holiday there was no coffee available for purchase across the entire University of Melbourne campus (!).

To compound matters for the caffeine-deprived, the wireless network was also on the fritz.

Conference caterers had coffee up and running by the morning tea session, but the coffee outage marred the otherwise seamless registration process. 🙂

Errant OLPC computer owners were blamed for the problems with the wireless network at the conference.  computer owners who hadn’t updated their computers. Conference organisers had already notified OLPC XO-1 owners that they should update their software and firmware before LCA to avoid the multicast system the XOs use from breaking LCA’s wireless.

Here’s hoping for a more regular supply of coffee and wireless network for the rest of LCA 2008. 🙂

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Liveblogging from Linux.conf.au 2008

Our coverage of Linux.conf.au will kick off from Monday 28 January and continue right through the week – we’ll be live blogging from the conference each day, as well as publishing interviews with some of the key speakers. Check back for our daily reports from Australia’s leading open source conference – or subscribe to our RSS feed to get updates delivered to your news reader of choice.

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