media release

Oracle Australia commits to Platinum Sponsorship

for 2004

ADELAIDE, South Australia, Nov 13th, 2003

Linux Australia and the organisers of are pleased to announce that Oracle Australia is Platinum Sponsor for Asia-Pacific's premier technical Linux conference, to be held January 14 to 17, 2004, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Michael Davies Organiser of Linux.Conf.Au 2004 said, "The commitment of an industry player like Oracle emphasises the serious nature of Linux and the Open Source phenomenon. This is very good news for the conference, for Linux users everywhere and especially for the Linux developers who are attending the main conference."

Providing four days of intensive sessions, featuring some of the best known Linux kernel developers and speakers from across the globe, is continuing the strong tradition of former years. The program offers value to CIOs, IT managers and technicians, system administrators, developers and general hobbyists, with a range of benefits to each group.

An impressive line-up of Linux luminaries are scheduled to present, including:

    Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director of Linux International
    Rasmus Lerdorf, Author of PHP
    Bdale Garbee, HP Linux CTO
    Andrew "tridge" Tridgell, Australian Linux hacker, best known for his work on Samba and rsync
    Damian Conway, the "Mad Scientist of Perl"
    Philip Hazel, Author of "The Exim SMTP Mail Server"

This event attracts attendees from across the world and features technology sessions, presentations, tutorials and keynote speakers, covering a wide range of topics.

Don Smallwood, Senior Director, Marketing Oracle Australia and New Zealand said, "Oracle is delighted to be associated with the premier Linux event in the Asia Pacific region. While Oracle products run on all major platforms we regard Linux and its associated open source technologies as the new paradigm in low cost, commodity computing. Oracle is fully committed to supporting Linux and this conference is an opportunity to showcase our commitment."

Davies added, "A unique feature of the 2004 program is the Oracle Professional Delegates Networking Session to be held at the Adelaide Zoo. This will present an opportunity for professionals to meet and exchange ideas in a relaxed environment. We are very pleased to be able to run the Networking Session again this year."

In addition to the main conference, Oracle will also be sponsor for another major event prior to the main conference - the inaugural "Linux and Open Source in Government Conference" - to be held over two days on January 12th and 13th, 2003. Entitled 'The Challenges', this conference will focus on best practices, and be used as a platform for policy makers and IT officials to share common experiences. Participants will come from Government and public departments, the academic sectors, and local, national and international organisations.

Oracle has created a forum for an important special interest group immediately before the opening of the main conference. "The Linux and Open Source in Government Miniconf" is an important statement nationally. There is a growing interest by State and Federal IT decision makers in Linux because it is an attractive, affordable alternative to other, more expensive operating systems," said Mr Smallwood. "We are seeing enormous growth from our own government customer base in the adoption of Linux to run their mission critical business systems."

With the participation of the Australian Unix Users Group and under the guidance of organiser Matt Geddes this miniconf opens a window on an important new sector of Linux-related activity.

Registration for the event is now open and accessible online at

About Oracle
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About Linux.Conf.Au 2004

Every year, Linux Conference Australia brings together the leading names in the Linux community to highlight the latest technology break-throughs, new horizons for Linux and Open Source Computing. This "roaming" conference is one of the major, international, grass-roots open-source conferences, hosted in different Australian states, each year and supported by the Australia wide community.
is the penguin sponsor of Linux.Conf.Au 2004.

In 2004, attendees will be presented with the opportunity to have an indepth look at the technical aspects of Linux and Open Source, including a groundbreaking Linux.Conf.Au 2004 Live CD, hands-on tutorials, as well as some of the best presentations the Open Source community can deliver. 2004 will be an educational, thought-provoking, enjoyable event. The organising committee reports that registrations are heading towards a capacity audience again in 2004, following sell-out crowds in previous years.

For more information about Linux.Conf.Au 2004, please visit the Web site at


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