Shane Geddes and his mates from the Albany High School in Auckland - the first school in New Zealand that uses only free and open source software - were back at the Australian national Linux conference in Brisbane today.
Given that the focus of the 12th Australian national Linux conference is the internet, it was fitting that Dr Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the global network, gave the first keynote in Brisbane this morning.
Among the open source legions, Dirk Hohndel stands out in one way. Among the hundreds of speakers who have delivered words of wisdom at the Australian national Linux conferences over the last four years, he is probably the only person to depend solely on his speaking prowess to do so.
How do you set up a network for a large conference without switches? The short answer is you can't; if you don't have your own, then there is no option but to buy or borrow them.
To a hardcore geek, an operating system represents a secret garden, full of mysteries that can be unlocked or added to with a little tinkering. It presents a chance to incorporate features which can be only visualised in the absence of the code.
Linux Weekly News is, probably, the best known website for geeks from the Linux community when they look for their quota of news about the community.
Multiculturalism may be something that is frowned upon in some parts of Australia but for Red Hat, the premier open source company, it has proved to be a blessing and nothing else.
Floods have not managed to keep the good people of the Australian national Linux conference down. This morning at 9am, or possibly a few minutes after, chief conference organiser Shaun Nykvist took the stage to greet the faithful who have gathered for the 12th LCA.
The focus of the keynotes at the 12th Australian national Linux conference is the internet; every speaker has contributed to the growth of the global network in a significant way.
UPDATED The 12th Australian national Linux conference, scheduled to be held in Brisbane from January 24 to 28, will go ahead as planned, chief organiser Shaun Nykvist announced last night. The venue for the main conference has, however, been changed.
Anyone who has received an email in his or her lifetime has probably made use of Eric Allman's code at some time or the other.
The man behind the next Australian national Linux conference is an academic, a retiring type not exactly prone to bluff and bluster. He and his team are quietly getting things ready for the last week of January 2011 when a host of geeks will converge on Brisbane for the 12th LCA, the second to be held in the city since the conference was first held in 1999.
John Ferlito doesn't like to be called a nerd. He prefers to be referred to as a geek - though judging from his photo, he looks just like one of the many youthful businessmen in the tech community.
Organisers of the 11th Australian national Linux conference have invited those who wish to present papers at the January 2011 event to submit their proposals by August 7.
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