July 5, 2006

Linux.conf.au Call for Papers

Anonymous Reader writes "The linux.conf.au 2007 team have opened the gates for new talent to
submit a presentation, paper or mini-conf proposal. Earn your place
amongst the league of lca speakers such as Andrew Tridgell, Alan Cox,
Eben Moglen and Van Jacobson. We are particularly keen to hear from new
talent to add to the magic of lca.

All the details are below. Good luck and we look forward to getting some
excellent submissions for lca2007.

The lca2007 team!

Important dates

  • Submissions open: July 1, 2006
  • Submission deadline: September 1, 2006
  • Notifications by review committee: October 15, 2006
  • Conference begins: January 15, 2007

Presentations are the main part of the conference and consist of a 40
minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions. Presentations provide
an an ideal opportunity to present a new technology or idea to the

Papers related to their presentation can be submitted by academics who
are accepted to give a presentation in the conference. These papers are
peer-reviewed by an international papers committee. Papers will be
included in the conference proceedings. The papers track allows
students, researchers and academics to have their work formally

Tutorials are half-day presentations which provide an opportunity to
provide an in-depth and hands on look at a specific technology. These
tutorials should be interactive, and the level of expertise required by
participants should be clear so people can choose tutorials appropriate
to their level.

Mini-confs form an important part of linux.conf.au by providing an
opportunity for various groups within the community to come together to
share ideas and experiences. Mini-confs can be 1 or 2 day events, and an
appropriate room will be provided by the linux.conf.au team.

There will be other opportunities to participate in linux.conf.au 2007,
such as poster sessions, lighting talks and BOFs however organisation
of these events will happen immediately before, or at the conference.


Most presentations will be of a technical nature, however we encourage
presentations covering educational, organisational, community or similar
aspects of open source software. Promotional presentations, commercial
advertisements, sales pitches and their like are not appropriate for
this conference.


Submissions on the following topics are encouraged:

  • System administration:
    • Monitoring
    • Deployment
    • Best practices
    • Linux deployments, practical experiences and war stories
  • Deep hacking:
  • Low level design and implementation of large and complex pieces
    of software such as kernels, database engines, or compilers.
  • The Craft of Programming
    • Programming languages
    • Tools
    • Project management
  • Free culture
    • Open-source in education
    • Important legal
    • Advocacy
    • Community
    • Government
  • The user experience
    • Open media, multi-media
    • Desktop environment
    • End-user applications, productivity apps
  • Cool hacks
    • Anything which doesn't fall under one of the other topics, as

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for presentations and tutorials should be around 400 words and
should detail the subject you want to talk about and include links to
any other relevant details, such as a project home page. Remember this
proposal needs to convince our programme committee that you should be
talking at linux.conf.au 2007.

Proposals for miniconfs can be up to 2000 words, and should detail the
community involved, the expected number of attendees, proposed
activities and detail any support you would like from the organising
committee. This proposal needs to convince us that you can organise an
interesting, successful miniconf that people are going to want to go to!

Papers should be no longer than 14 pages and are reliant upon the
related presentation being accepted for linux.conf.au.

Papers and proposals should be submitted in an appropriate open format,
such as 7-bit ASCII text, HTML, DocBook or LaTeX.

Submission requires pre-registration, providing the following

  • Full name (and preferred handle, if any)
  • Complete email address
  • Affiliation with commercial or relevant organisations
  • Postal address
  • Telephone and/or mobile numbers, with area and country codes.
  • Short biography, in around 1 - 3 paragraphs. The biography should
    include any previous speaking or organising experience.

Proposals and papers and should be submitted through our web form at

Any featured software in papers must be available under a licence
compatible with the Open Source Definition. Any papers that are
accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms will be rejected. All
successful papers must be eligible for republication on-line and on
distribution media given to conference attendees. linux.conf.au
requires publication rights to accepted papers, including the
publication of the audio proceedings as well as publication and
reproduction rights to any video filmed during the presentations. These
rights are non-exclusive. Copyright ownership is retained by the
author. Submitting an abstract indicates understanding of and consent
to these conditions.

In the event that you miss one of the deadlines we reserve the right to
revoke any offer to present your paper. We take having the paper for the
conference proceedings very seriously and late submissions place an
undue burden on our formatting team."

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