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Table Index

  • Driea
  • Google
  • Red Hat
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Catalyst
  • Open Query
  • Stepmania
  • Frets on Fire Stand
  • Open Source Gaming
  • How to build an Open Source dance mat
  • MythTV
  • Computerbank
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Gentoo
  • LinuxChix
  • Software Freedom Day
  • The System Administrators Guild of Australia
  • MetaVid
  • Inkscape and Open Source Design
  • Linux Users of Victoria
  • Embedded Linux
  • Second Life Integration
  • KDE4 and Plasma
  • Open Source Replicating Robot
  • Open Source Industry of Australia (OSIA)
  • Melbourne Perl Mongers
  • High Performance Linux
  • Abicollab software and OLPC
  • Ubuntu/Ubuntu-au
  • Melbourne PC Users Group
  • Melbourne eXtreme Programming Enthusiasts Group
  • Melbourne PHP
  • linux.conf.au 2009
  • CentOS
  • Eee PCs

Sponsor Tables


Driea will be demonstrating Stronghold CMS, an intelligent business-process oriented and legislatively focused Content Management System for the government and corporate sector. Stronghold CMS offers a collaborative environment for organisations that have multiple staff members publishing web content.


Google is a proud user and supporter of open source software and development methodologies. Google contributes back to the Open Source community in many ways, including source code like Google Gears, project hosting on Google Code, projects for students including Google Summer of Code and Google Highly Open Participation Contest, and support for a wide variety of projects, LUGS, and events around the world. Learn more at code.google.com.

Red Hat

Red Hat is the world's leading open source solutions provider. Red Hat provides high-quality, low-cost technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat combines the innovation of open source technology with the stability of a true enterprise class platform to enable greater choice and deliver agile and adaptive business solutions.

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard will have experts at the ready at their table. Come by and talk to their chief open source technologist about rockets. Robots your thing? Do you have system administration questions? This is your chance to ask the experts and win one of the two digital cameras that HP is giving away.


Catalyst is New Zealand's largest independent open source solutions provider. Based in Wellington, we develop, host and support business-critical systems for some of New Zealand's largest organisations. With our commitment to open source technologies over the last ten years, our clients enjoy our open consultative approach and we in turn enjoy our long-term relationships with a diverse range of clients.


FOSSMART is an Open Source company founded in 2006, with the head office in Brisbane, and the Open Source Center of Excellence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The organisation excels in taking Open Source products and services to Enterprise under the Subscription model. Some of our products are FOSSwall, FMG, FOSSTS and FOSSOne. FOSSWALL was recently awarded with an Innovation Grant by World Bank. Professional services are centered around the global Linux distributions and Enterprise ready Open Source solutions.

FOSSMART's Open Source Center of Excellence in Sri Lanka is fueled with open source evangelists and contributors. Not only they are tech savvy, they are executors of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) business model. They also have assisted and shared the thought process with other open source centers in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan etc and with our business partners.

You can meet one of our co-founders and current CEO (Janaka), feel free to come and ask him about Open Source in general and also how and what we are doing in the Asian region.

Open Query

Open Query offers training, consulting and related services for the popular MySQL and PostgreSQL open source database software. Founder Arjen Lentz also provides Open Source business/community strategy advice. Jonathon and Arjen bring global expertise to Open Query, which is fully Australian owned and run.

Community Tables


Showing of an arcade quality game kind of like Dance Dance Revolution. Loads of fun for the whole famialy (and a great way to get fit too!).

Frets on Fire Stand

Showing the very cool game "Frets on Fire". Come have fun rocking out!

Open Source Gaming

Up to 6 computers will be showing various open source games include:

  • Battle for Wesnoth
  • Tremolous
  • Playing Tux racer with the Wiimote
  • Liquid Wars

How to build an Open Source dance mat

This is a table showing how to create or modify a dance mat or pad. We will have a sample dance mat that we will make in our presentation for people to try out and get suggestions on how to improve it, so come along and enjoy! This is something for all ages.


MythTV is an open source Digital Video Recorder that will change the way you watch TV. Never again will you miss your favourite TV show because the station changed the timeslot unannounced, and you probably wont bother watching the advertisements either.

With MythTV you can record several shows at once, pause Live TV, skip adverts, watch downloaded videos, and much much more. This software does almost everything that you can possibly want when it comes to home entertainment.

At the MythTV stand we want to demonstrate how this software will revolutionise your loungeroom for the whole family. So swing by and have a play on one of our demo systems.


Computerbank recycles donated computers to low income people and community groups using free and open source software. Among other things, Computerbank will have some demo PC's available and some e-waste on display. We'll have an info-board, pictures and some flyers about our work. Website at vic.computerbank.org.au.

Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia. Information will be available about free content, the Wikimedia vision, and how to edit Wikipedia and use it responsibly.


Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Computers of different architectures will be shown, demonstrating the versatility of Gentoo and the tools that make it up. CDs will be burnt on request, stickers will be available as goodies.


LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software, and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.

Software Freedom Day

This will be a basic table with information about SFD to get attendees excited and hopefully interested in running their own events, particularly in the education sector.

The System Administrators Guild of Australia

SAGE-AU is a not-for-profit professional organisation representing system administrators in Australia. It promotes the development of the system administration profession via online communication forums, regional monthly meetings, regional symposiums and an annual national technical conference. We provide support for systems administrators in their daily jobs via various publications and an active email discussion forum.


MetavidWiki builds on Ogg Theora, Annodex, MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki technologies to enable community audio video metadata for US House and Senate floor footage. More info at metavid site.

Inkscape and Open Source Design

The Inkscape/Open Source design stand exists to show off some of the great design applications available for free. Inkscape is free a vector graphics illustration program perfect for creating mock-ups, website designs, buttons and other graphics such as desktop artwork (especially icons!). Inkscape is one of many open source design applications; there is the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), a fully-featured raster image editor much like Photoshop; Blender a powerful 3D modeller, animator with advanced game-making and animation design features and finally Scribus, a desktop publisher.

All of these applications also run under Windows and Mac OS X and what's better is that all are free for anyone to download.

So, come check out what can be done with these applications; see live demos, receive advice and have a chat!

Linux Users of Victoria

Linux Users of Victoria ("LUV") is one of the largest and oldest LUGs in Victoria, as well as in Australia. It was incorporated in 1993 as a not for profit group. It now has over fifteen hundred members, including a chapter in Ballarat. With regular monthly meetings (at present held at the University of Melbourne) and several active mailing lists, LUV is an essential part of the Victorian Linux community. Our web site is http://www.luv.asn.au/.

Embedded Linux

Embedded systems is the driving force behind all the control systems, toys, PDA's, phones and other esoteric computer systems. Come along and witness the level of sophistication that these implementations of embedded linux have bought to the commercial world.

Second Life Integration

Second Life is a virtual reality environment where users can walk or fly and interact with other users and objects. This table will include demonstrations of physical devices that have been modified so that they can be controlled from inside Second Life, and also devices that take real-world events and reflect them inside Second Life.

KDE4 and Plasma

Plasma is the new desktop shell in KDE4 that provides a very flexible framework for creating a user interface, allowing it to be used in a variety of applications. Modifying a Plasma environment can be done at several levels: data providers, widgets (in C++ or JavaScript), search providers, animators and more. This table will host an open Q&A session as well as directed demonstrations of the Plasma technology in action. General KDE4 queries are also welcome as time permits.

Open Source Replicating Robot

The RepRap is an Open Source "3D Printer" that can fabricate its own components, and I'm sure we'll have this one manufacturing the occasional freebie during the Open Day too. So far we're making plastic parts, but metal and silicone rubber are coming soon. It's a practical machine, designed to be built using self-made and easy to get parts. So come see how the latest revision fits together, and think about building your own - or watch The Replicators Are Coming!.

Open Source Industry of Australia (OSIA)

OSIA is the national industry body for Open Source within Australia. We exist to further the cause of both Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Australia and to help our members to improve their business success in this growing sector of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market.

So come along and chat to the people running successful Open Source businesses.

Melbourne Perl Mongers

The Melbourne Perl Mongers have been meeting monthly since 2001, and are one of the most active Perl user associations in the world. At our table we'll be holding talks on Perl programming, showing perl-driven hardware, and answering any questions you have on Perl. If you have a bug in your Perl, we'll have a go at fixing that too!!

High Performance Linux

Linux is the overwhelming favourite for High Performance Computing (see the top 500). Come along and see the results of work in Australia made possible by Linux and other Open Source Software programs such as Drishti.

Abicollab software and OLPC

"AbiCollab" allows real time document construction amongst any number of users of the AbiWord Word Processor. This feature is employed by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO within the "Write" activity (which is based on AbiWord). This enables children to easily work together on projects. On display will be a number XOs to show how the feature works and also to show the deep level of collaboration built into every activity on the XO. Visitors will be able to try writing a collaborative document in real time simultaneously with anyone else at the stand.


Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution geared towards the average user. The distribution has free community support provided online through forums and IRC, as well as paid commercial support provided by many companies across the globe, including Canonical, the company that sponsors the Ubuntu project. Ubuntu will be available on tap again this year (TBC), and CDs will be available for those who do not have their computers with them.

Melbourne PC Users Group

Melbourne PC User Group (Melb PC) started in 1984 and today is the world's largest PC user group with just under 8000 members. Members from the Linux and Open Source SIG (Special Interest Group) will be presenting and visitors will be able to try out a number of Linux desktop distributions and receive information about Open Source activities organised by the User Group.

Melbourne eXtreme Programming Enthusiasts Group

eXtreme Programming (XP) is one of the Agile software development methods. Many people find using these methods helps them succeed in their software development projects. Our group has people interested in, and using parts of XP and other Agile methods. We'd like to show you some of these programming and team practices. We have free meetings every 4 weeks to discuss our experiences, hear presentations, do learning exercises.

Melbourne PHP

The Melbourne PHP User Group is a group of enthusiastic local programmers who get together every month and discuss Open Source technologies with a focus on PHP and associated topics. As a group, we aim to educate and provide a forum for professionals to get together and exchange ideas and knowledge. We have a strong leaning towards Open Source technologies.

linux.conf.au 2009

Will it be Broome or Brisbane? Heard Island or Hobart? All will be revealed at the closing ceremony of linux.conf.au 2008. Congratulate Team 2009 at their Open Day table, check out their plans and pick up some goodies.


CentOS exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS 2, 3, 4 and 5 are built from publically available open source SRPMS provided by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS is designed for people who need an enterprise class OS without the cost or support of the prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor.

Eee PCs

The ASUS Eee PC is a subnotebook computer designed by ASUS and Intel noted at the time of its introduction for its combination of light weight, Linux-based operating system, solid-state drive and low purchase price.

Learning With Technologies are one of the main resellers of the Eee PC and have been proactive in organising evaluation units for interested education and government organisations.

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