June 19, 2002

Linux.conf.au 2003 update!

Bernard B writes "Linux . conf . au. Linux.conf.au 2003 announces: Call for Papers, Penguin Sponsor and Major Sponsor Secured, On-Campus Accommodation, Invited Speakers
Perth, Western Australia (June 19, 2002) - The Linux.conf.au 2003 organisers
and helpers are pleased to announce several milestones in preparation for the
Australian National Technical Linux Conference, Linux.conf.au 2003
(http://conf.linux.org.au), to be held in Perth, Western Australia between
January 22 and 25, 2003.

* Call For Papers
-----------------

The Call for Papers, seeking talented individuals willing to present sessions
or tutorials at LCA 2003 was released in April 2002. The Call for Papers is
open to any individual following the lines set out in the Call for Papers
document, available from the LCA 2003 web site:
http://conf.linux.org.au/cfp.html

The deadline for submissions to the call for papers has been set at July 15th
2002. People considering presenting a talk should read the Call for Papers
document carefully, and make one (or more) abstract submissions as soon as
possible.

We are also interested in any sub-groups of the Open Source/Free Software
community who would like to leverage the travel and venue arrangements for
their own "mini" conferences, as was done at Linux.conf.au 2002 in Brisbane,
Queensland.

* Penguin Sponsor and Major Sponsor Secured
-------------------------------------------

Linux.conf.au has secured IBM as the Penguin Sponsor for Linux.conf.au 2003
in Perth, Western Australia. IBM have been a supporter of Linux.conf.au as
it has moved around Australia for several years; their ongoing support of the
technical conference is much appreciated. IBM can be found at:
http://www.ibm.com/linux/

Linux Services WA & NT has secured ranking as a Major Sponsor for LCA 2003.
Linux Services WA & NT is a full service vendor of Linux solutions for small
to medium enterprises, and a long term supporter of the Perth Linux User
Group (PLUG), the regional Linux User Group that is organising and running
Linux.conf.au 2003. Linux Services can be found at:
http://www.linuxwa.com.au/
http://www.linuxnt.com.au/

LCA 2003 is still looking for further sponsors and supporters to assist in
funding and supplying the conference; if your organisation would like to offer
assistance, please contact the LCA 2003 Organisers at:
lca-organisers@conf.linux.org.au.

* On-Campus Accommodation
------------------------

Currie Hall, the University's own Hall of Residence, has been chosen as the
on campus accomodation for LCA 2003. Currie Hall is no more than four
minutes walk from the conference venues, and is offering rooms at very
reasonable rates. Although Currie Hall is an independant UWA Department,
we are happy to offer an integrated registration process whereby you can
indicate your intention to stay at Currie Hall on the one registration form.
More information on Currie Hall is available at:
http://www.currie.uwa.edu.au/

* Invited Speakers
------------------

In addition to the people who will be selected from the flood of abstracts
submitted to the Call for Papers panel, LCA 2003 has invited several speakers
to attend and speak. These people include:

* Alan Cox, Kernel Hacker and Welsh-man
* Telsa Gwynne, Gnome contributor and UI critique
* Jon 'Maddog' Hall, Linux International Guru
* H. Peter Anvin, SYSLINUX and autofs author
* Bdale Garbee, Debian Project Leader and porting enthusiast
* Rusty Russell, Madman and kernel fiddler
* Andrew Tridgell, Mr Samba, Mr Rsync, and Mr What-can-I-hack
* Hemos, Slashdot Perlmonk

Over time we expect several other notables to pop up too... stay tuned to
the LCA 2003 web site!

* About Perth Linux Users' Group Inc.
-------------------------------------

PLUG is a a non-profit association for the Linux and Open Source community and
aims to promote and assist this community through fortnightly seminars and
workshops providing the opportunity to connect face-to-face with industry
speakers and other Linux users. In addition to the free email discussion list,
PLUG provides news, technical support, resources and forums on the web site
(http://www.plug.linux.org.au/).

* About Linux.conf.au
---------------------

Linux.conf.au is a national 'roaming' conference under the auspices of Linux
Australia Inc (http://www.linux.org.au/). Its original incarnation was under
the name "Conference of Australian Linux Users" (CALU), held in Melbourne at
Monash University in 1999. In January 2001 it was renamed to "Linux.conf.au",
and held in Sydney at the University of New South Wales under the direction of
the Sydney Linux User Group (SLUG). In February 2002 it was held in Brisbane at
the University of Queensland under the direction of the Home Unix Machine
Brisbane User Group (HUMBUG).

LCA has a very high standing in the international community for being a very
technically focused, yet relaxed conference schedule. All presenters are
selected from the community are of the highest calibre.

* About Linux
-------------

Linux is a core part of a modern multi-user computer operating system
developed by a world-wide network of enthusiasts and professionals, and is
available for free under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
This license is special in that it specifically permits the end user access
to the underlying source code that creates the Linux kernel, and permits them
rights to modify it and redistribute it. The GPL is available from the Free
Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org). It is this model of license that
leads to a "peer review" model of software development, since no part of the
program remains undisclosed to any interested party.

Many organisations including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell Computer are
adopting Linux kernel based operating systems for a variety of tasks, from
network servers to personal desktop machines and palm-sized devices.

The Linux kernel, in combination with a large selection of "user space" tools
and utility programs are combined to create a complete computer operating
systems, for example, Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, and MandrakeSoft.

As well as operating on commodity Intel based personal computers, Linux also
runs on a number of other types of computers, such as large mainframes and
commercial network servers, down to pocket organisers and wrist watches.

More information on Linux is available from http://www.linux.com/.

Linux(R) is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

MEDIA RELEASE CONTACTS:
Perth Linux Users' Group Inc
James Bromberger
+61 417 772 286 (GMT +0800)
james@rcpt.to

Linux Australia Inc
Anand Kumria
+61 403 999 944 (GMT +1000)
treasurer@linux.org.au

PUBLICITY CONTACT:
LCA 2003, Perth Linux Users' Group Inc
Bernard Blackham
+61 402 291 684 (GMT +0800)
bernard@blackham.com.au"

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