What's on at LCA?

Newcomer's Tutorial featured this event for the first time in 2008, and is back by popular demand for 2009.

First time at LCA? Wanting to know more about the conference before the week swings into action? The Newcomer's Tutorial brings together our newest delegates with our most experienced delegates for a chance to find out more about the folklore and traditions of, and how to get the most out of the conference.

The Newcomer's Tutorial will be held on the Sunday afternoon 18th January, in the Flexible Learning Room at 1600.


The first two days of feature presentations from a number of well-known Linux and Open Source projects.

Presentations are organised by the mini-conf organisers themselves, and are a great way of finding out more about your favourite projects. Previous years have featured issues in education, sysadmin content, open-source multimedia, and latest developments in various Linux application and distribution projects.

Call for miniconfs is now closed


Of course we'll be showcasing the best of the presentations, chosen by our expert panel, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the conference.

Call for papers is now closed

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather sessions are an opportunity for some informal interaction with like minded people. These sessions take a number of different forms, depending on the group - discussion forums, hands-on interactive tutorials, or intensive hackfests. This year there are a number of rooms available for Birds of a Feather sessions, which may be reserved at the conference by any group looking for a quiet space to meet.

Penguin Dinner

The Wednesday evening of the conference is dedicated to the ever popular Penguin Dinner to be held at Wrest Point Conventions Centre and will showcase Tassie's fantastic food, beer and wine. A great chance to mingle with other delegates and make some new friends or reacquaint with old ones.

Batteries Not Included

Contemporary Art meets

This project brings together two similarly-aligned collectives whose work relies on community participation: open-source developers and contemporary artists making interactive work.

Your participation required!

Click here for more information or look in your showbag!

Penguin March

Saturday, 24th January, Leaving Parliament Square at 10:00am

On the morning of Open Day, Free Software enthusiasts will be marching through the streets of Hobart to raise awareness and promote Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS).

Join us for a relaxing stroll from Parliament Square, through the Salamanca Markets, to the Open Day at Wrest Point, as we march South together for!

Click here for more information.

Open Day

Saturday, 24th January, 11:00am-3:00pm, Tasman Rooms, Wrest Point

Celebrate Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) and see a showcase some of the conference's exciting content. This free public event will feature a wide range of exhibits and activities ranging from open-source gaming, to clip art creating, policy discussions and remote community learning tools. See Linux-powered robot bears and cars decked out with open-source powered gear.

Click here for more information.

Conference Closing Celebrations

All good things come to an end, but why not celebrate anyway! Friday night's entertainment will consist of a friendly informal get together to reminisce about all the fun we had. :)

Partners Programme

While your geek is enjoying all things technical, come and enjoy all things Tasmanian with our leisurely partner's programme. We have a number of events and attractions that we're sure all will enjoy!

The schedule is as follows:


Linuxchix Geek Parenting Panel + BBQ


Own time (organisers will provide a list of attractions)


10:30am - 12:00pm Cruise on Lady Nelson

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm - 3:00pm Mt. Wellington (or Mt. Nelson if visability not suitable for Mt. Wellington)


8am - approx 5pm Hastings Caves, Tahune Airwalk and Apple Museum on return. Lunch provided.

NB There is an hour bus trip to Hastings Caves and Tahune.


10:30am - 12pm Bonorong Wildlife Park

12:30pm - 2:30pm (approx) Lunch and sightseeing at Richmond historic town

PGP/GPG Keysigning

“Key signing refers to digitally signing someone else’s public key using your own” ( This year at LCA we will be holding a key signing event to try to strengthen the web of trust. We will be using the ‘Sassaman-Projected’ method and to participate in this you will need to have already submitted your key by following the instructions at If you haven’t done that, don’t feel excluded. Come along to the key signing with some printouts of your fingerprint and you should still be able to participate through Ad-Hoc signing. You can also sign all the keys that have been submitted to the lca2009 keyring since there is no requirement that you be listed on it. Just follow the instructions at the below URL to prepare for the event and we hope to see you there.

Times and locations for the keysigning will be announced during the conference. See for more details.