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Tricks of the Trade: Learning Free Software hacking from clever people

Thanks to the efforts of various projects aimed at newcomers to Free Software development, starting out hacking is no longer as daunting as it once was. However there is less coverage of the techniques experienced developers use on a day to day basis to streamline their work.

In this session I will present a grab bag of tricks of the trade I've learned from my own modest coding efforts, observing colleagues at OzLabs and chatting with folk in the broader community - they being the clever people :)

This will be a fairly informal session with plenty of demonstrations of the tips and techniques in question.

Hugh Blemings

Hugh has been working on Free software since the mid-90's for fun and as a (still rather fun) paid gig since 1999. He was co-author of the gnokii project, developed kernel device drivers for the Keyspan USB-serial adaptors and most recently has done some porting work for embedded PowerPC platforms.
He worked at IBM's Linux Technology Centre as a Open Source Hacker in the Canberra based OzLabs team for just shy of eight years. Usually this was a jeans and t-shirt kinda a role, but he has been known to wear a suit when protocol requires it. He will not be wearing a suit for the LCA session.
Beyond Free Software his interests include cycling, electronics, ham radio and piano.
Hugh lives on a small property just outside Queanbeyan with his wife and daughter and is currently enjoying a break from full time work :)