This year's competition will be run over a continuous four hour period. A number of fun, challenging and interesting programming questions have been created by some of the developers from Ozlabs.
The questions vary from making small enhancements to open source projects, to optimising the implementation of algorithms.
- To be eligible to enter the Hackfest, you must be a registered delegate of linux.conf.au 2006 (includes speakers).
- Turn up at "Castle 2" before 6pm on Wednesday the 25th of January. The competition will begin at 6pm sharp!
- The questions will not be made available beforehand
- There will be a limited number of workstations available for those who don't have their own machines, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Alternatively, please bring your laptop if you have one. If you intend on using a workstation please send me an email at email@example.com so we have a reasonable idea of numbers.
- You'll need a reasonable knowledge of C.
- Knowledge of 64-bit PowerPC assembler will be an advantage, but not necessary (at least before the competition!)
- Team entries of up to 2 people will be accepted, but its up to you to work out how to split the loot (which may not be easily done).
Mac Mini -
- 1.42GHz PowerPC G4
- 512MB DDR333 SDRAM
- ATI Radeon 9200
- 32MB DDR video memory
- 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
- SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- DVI or VGA video output
- Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth
15-inch Powerbook -
- 15.2-inch TFT widescreen display with 1440x960 resolution
- 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 processor
- 512MB memory (DDR2 PC2-4200 SDRAM at 333MHz)
- 80GB 5400rpm hard drive
- Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card with 128MB DDR memory
- Full-size, backlit keyboard
- Gigabit Ethernet
- USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 & 800
Dual 2.3GHz PowerMac G5 -
- Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
- 1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
- 1MB L2 cache per core
- 512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
- 16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
- Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
- NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
IBM is proud to have the opportunity to provide prizes to this year's linux.conf.au Hackfest
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org