Why linux.conf.au continues to amaze 20 years on!

Abstract

Linux.conf.au has justifiably earned an enviable reputation in the Linux and broader FOSS community as being one of the most consistent and worthwhile conferences in the annual calendar. This session will look under the hood at what makes LCA special and tease out some of the unique qualities that have served it so well (and in some cases not so well) over the years. While there will certainly be a fun “trip down memory lane” element to the session, the speakers will be focussing on the specific consistent nuts and bolts that make LCA work - much of it often invisible to those attending. The three presenters have all had the good fortune to have not only attended CALU and all the LCAs since, but also between them to have been involved in their running in various capacities from conference director to speaker, Linux Australia representative to BoF leader.

Presented by

    Steven Hanley

    The three presenters have all had the good fortune to have not only attended CALU and all the LCAs since, but also between them to have been involved in their running in various capacities from conference director to speaker, Linux Australia representative to BoF leader. Steven is a long term open source advocate and linux users, having been involved in the Canberra Linux scene since 1997, Lead organiser of the 2005 linux.conf.au and now works as a geek in Sports at the Australian Institute of Sport.

    Angus Lees

    Angus has done many things with computers, all of it revolving around Linux and Free Software. He has taught Linux classes at TAFE. He has driven through the Great Sandy Desert to install Linux 2-way satellite routers on poles. He set up PPP on rms' laptop. He was search-oncall during Google's 2nd(?) biggest websearch outage. He uploaded one of the first native apps to the Android marketplace (ScummVM). He maintains the Rust toolchain packages for Debian (with others). His home was the first place in the world to receive a AAAA response from www.google.com. He was interviewed by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne as preparation for the first Matrix movie. While working on OpenStack, Angus accidentally became one of the earlier upstream Kubernetes contributors. He currently works full time on Kubernetes and related tools as a Senior developer with Bitnami.

    Hugh Blemings

    Hugh has had a long standing association with Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware and, in particular, Linux and POWER/PowerPC. His career has spanned everything from Linux kernel development to engineering team management, electronics design to product management at the likes of IBM, Canonical and Rackspace. A long time participant in the free technical commons, he has previously served in a voluntary capacity on the Council of Linux Australia in various roles including President and is a former member of the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board. In his current role of Executive Director of the OpenPOWER Foundation, Hugh works full time with the Board of the Foundation to build the OpenPOWER User community and associated ecosystem, increase the visibility of OpenPOWER Members and their solutions as well as the Foundation itself and grow Foundation membership and engagement.