2003 | Call For Papers is the annual Australian Linux technical conference, and one of the largest gatherings of users and developers in the Southern Hemisphere, organised by the Australian Linux community. It is not an expo for Linux products, but an opportunity for developers and groups to present their ideas amongst peers, and for the Free Software and Open Source communities to gather in general.

The 2003 conference is being held in Perth, Western Australia at the Crawley campus of The University of Western Australia, next to the Swan River. More information can be found on the conference website:

Although the majority of conference attendants are developers, papers of more general appeal will be considered.

People interested in giving presentations have a choice of the following formats:

  • Paper Presentations (45 minutes)
  • Tutorials (3 hours)
  • Work in progress/poster sessions (30 minutes)
  • Birds of a Feather meetings (informal)
  • Panel discussions


Papers on the following topics are encouraged:

  • Linux kernel
  • File systems
  • Databases
  • Programming and scripting languages
  • Networking and communications
  • Productivity, Groupware
  • Multimedia
  • Games
  • Other 'Open Source' projects

We are open to a broader range of papers as well, even non-Linux based papers (*gasp*!). Submit it anyway to us!

Abstracts are required for paper, tutorial and work in progress presentations. Abstracts should be up to 400 words and be submitted to the Paper Review Committee at the address Abstracts should contain meta information of:

  • Author's full name (and preferred handle, if any)
  • Author's complete email address
  • Author's affiliation with commercial or relevant organisations
  • Author's postal address
  • Author's telephone and fax numbers, with area and country codes.
  • Author's short biography, in around 1 - 3 paragraphs.
  • Author's favourite technical book/reference
  • Author's favourite shell, text editor, and Linux Distribution
  • Whether travel and accommodation assistance will be required - if so, please list the closest international air terminal.

Abstracts and biographies should be submitted as plain text. The final paper should be submitted in one of the following electronic formats:

  • PDF (A4 paper size)
  • Postscript (A4 paper size)

We encourage you to submit the the 'source' for the paper as well (eg. HTML, LaTeX, DocBook, MagicPoint, etc).

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. You retain copyright to your paper. You may be asked to sign an agreement to this upon arrival at the conference.

Birds of a Feather (BOFs) and Panel discussions will be organised closer to the date of the conference. If you are interested in running either please send an expression of interest to

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 in Brisbane in 2002. Please email with your details, and include the estimated number of people you think would attend. It would be up to you to organise this: any of these events are completely independent to LCA 2003.

Dates to Remember

  • Abstracts Due: 1st August 2002
  • Acceptance Notification by Review Committee: October 2002
  • Final Complete Submissions Due: December 15 2002. Remember, Santa knows if you haven't got it in on time!

Travel and Accommodation Assistance

Some financial assistance is available for speakers' travel and accommodation in cases of need. Please indicate in your abstract submission(s) if this is the case.

If your CFP submission doesn't clearly state that you require assistance, the panel will assume that you do not require any.

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