Being generally awesome! Git is allegedly named after him! Authored the Samba file server and co-developed rsync. Releases all his code and data for automated detection and classification of objects with UAV's. Deconstructs proprietary standards and protocols and releases free and open software compatible frameworks to interface with the hardware. He runs make hack void bi-weekly sessions and encourages communication within the community. Has his own python app connected to an Arduino and a heat gun to perfectly roast coffee beans. He embodies the open source culture.
Andy has been instrumental in progressing Open Hardware within Victoria specifically and across Australia as a whole. His passion and enthusiasm have giving rise not only to the Community Connected Hackerspace in Malvern, but have spurred the development of other Hacker and Makerspaces across Victoria.
John was the president of Linux Australia from June 2010 until 2012 inclusive. He was a tireless volunteer for LA, at times spending part-time job levels of hours on LA. His major contributions include (with Josh Hesketh, not eligible this year) making it much easier for LUGs and events like PyCon AU to run under the Linux Australia incorporation-and-insurance umbrella, improving LA's connections with the media, and vastly improving LA's governance infrastructure, especially the bookkeeping and reporting aspects. These are exactly the kinds of less-visible and and often thankless tasks that the Rusty Wrench should honour. In addition, John was a core team member for linux.conf.au 2007, and continued to actively volunteer for future LCA teams in order to transfer knowledge and maintain technical infrastructure. He remains active in LCA ghosts, and (I think) somewhat active as a Zookeepr developer which is itself an LCA contribution.
Lana has been the major force behind the survival and growth of the Haecksen miniconference at LCA in recent years, having been the lead organiser in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In addition, she was a core team member for LCA 2013.
For quietly but consistently supporting FOSS and many successive years of leading or supporting various LCA papers committees
Peter exemplifies everything that the Rusty Wrench is about. He spent many years on both the Admin and Webteam, as well as several years on Council, never complaining or moaning once, but just getting on and getting the job done. He not only contributes to both Debian and Ubuntu linux projects, he is also a core contributor to Puppet, mariaDB, drupal and many other projects. It's fair to say that without Peter's continued hard work, the technical systems of Linux Australia would not be what they are today.
Richard Jones has repeatedly been a core volunteer for the OSDC conference, especially when it's been in Melbourne. He has chaired the program committee at least once (2008) and probably other times. In addition, he was the founder or co-founder of the separate PyCon AU conference, which is now I think actually larger than OSDC. In addition to all of this community-building conference work, Richard has run a number of rounds (10-ish?) of the PyWeek challenge http://pyweek.org/, challenging Python community to build games within a week, thus contributing to the building of the Python and Python gaming community internationally.
The consistently dedicated work with LCA and his very friendly and welcoming nature towards the noobs.
Apart from his involvement with Linux Australia and the Canberra Linux User Group, Steve has time and again been instumental in providing network admin talent to a large number of Linux Conf's since the mid 2000's. He's been one of those people that when he says he's going to get something done, you can be sure that it'll happen. Steve has the ability to deal from high level network architechure, all the way down to the low level of making sure cables are correctly terminated. He also learns quickly who is capable, and who is not, making things work around people who could potentially block a process. Steve takes pride in his work, but never crows about it, and rarely recieves any recognition for it. There have been many times where the networking at LCA would not have been what it was if Steve had not been there, behind the scenes making things happen. For this, we owe this man a great debt.
tonyb from #linux-aus on freenode
for pointing out the hole in this form