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The Passion to produce Free Software. Do you have it? Do you want it?

Registration is now open for Linux Australia's premier annual event, linux.conf.au. Attendees are invited to register online at http://linux.conf.au/register.

Keynotes

Stormy Peters, Director of Community and Partner Programs at Open Logic, will be joining the conference programme as a keynote speaker. Stormy says she's really looking forward to linux.conf.au because "it's one of those conferences that combines the passion of open source with the people that really make it happen." Long fascinated by the people behind open source Stormy asks "How do you explain that passion to others? Why do people work on Free software? Does paying open source developers change that passion?" Stormy sees linux.conf.au as a place to "embrace the Linux technical community, and participate in conversations that define where technology is going next."

Stormy will be joining Security expert and pundit Bruce Schneier, also secured to deliver a keynote at the conference being held at the University of Melbourne, starting on 28 January and concluding with an Open Day on Saturday 2 February, 2008.

Programme

The main conference programme features an array of speakers from different fields presenting on the Linux kernel, the X Window System, media, applications, desktop, law, security and usability. "The programme promises to be deeply technical, entertaining and enlightening. People have argued this conference should be renamed because it's not just a Linux conference. They're right. It's not 'just' a Linux conference, it's so much more. As Australia's main event for Free and Open Source Software developers we've got speakers coming from all over the world. Ok, perhaps not from Antarctica, but just about everywhere else. Mostly, it's serious fun for free software geeks, and anyone else who believes that Linus' Law, "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow", is the path to better software" said Donna Benjamin, Director of the 2008 conference.

Mini-confs

In addition to the main programme, this year's conference will feature sixteen mini-confs. Mini-confs are dedicated conference streams for specific communities of interest. The extensive and varied mini-conf programme is always a highlight of the conference. The 2008 line-up is no exception:

Community Wireless, Debian, Multimedia, Security, Distro Summit, Kernel, Embedded, Fedora, Virtualisation, Gentoo, LinuxChix, GNOME, System Administration, MySQL, Education, Gaming.

Registration

Early Birds registering in the first thirty days will receive a 20% discount off the standard conference fees, but Early Bird registrations will close on the 17th of November or before if the Early Bird quota is reached. All registrations past this date will incur the full fee. For the Early Bird discount to be applicable attendees must finalise payment during the Early Bird period or they will be charged full conference rates.

Registration payments are being securely processed through the Direct One facility by our eGateway partner, SecurePay Australia.

linux.conf.au is an initiative of Linux Australia, and is run each year by a different team of volunteers, in a different Australasian city. In 2008, the conference returns to its birthplace in Melbourne. From January 28 to February 2, the University of Melbourne will be the location for one of the world's most brilliant gatherings of Free and Open Source Software developers, users and devotees.

For more information, see the website: http://linux.conf.au/

About linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au (http://linux.conf.au/) is Australia's annual technical conference about Free Software. Fun, informal and seriously technical, linux.conf.au draws together Free and Open Source Software developers from across the world. It will be held from January 28th to February 2nd, 2008 at The University of Melbourne.

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia (http://www.linux.org.au/) is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

Contact

Donna Benjamin - Conference Director
donna@mel8ourne.org - +61 418 310 414

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