Prior to the pandemic of the early 2020s, was the premier Linux and open source conference for Australia and New Zealand. The conference was held in person nearly-annually between 1999 and 2020, and moved to a different city in Australia or New Zealand every year. The conference attracted project leads and industry luminaries from all over the world, regularly hosting over 600 delegates. events traditionally spanned 5 days, with two days of ‘Miniconfs’ – special interest tracks – and three days of main conference talks. was volunteer-run, with volunteer teams spending 18-24 months in preparation before the event.

If you are interested in hosting in your city, please contact Linux Australia.


It all started in Melbourne back in 1999, with CALU: Conference of Australian Linux Users which was held at Monash University over 3 days in July 1999.

Renamed to in 2001, it has grown to become one of the world’s best technical Linux conferences.

It continues to be run by community volunteers for the community volunteers that have made Linux and Free and Open Source Software the phenomenon it is today.

2022 – Online, Anywhere On Earth


  • Liz Fong-Jones
  • Jono Bacon
  • Kathy Reid
  • Brian Kernighan

LCA2022 website

LCA2022 Videos on YouTube

2021 – Online, Anywhere On Earth


  • Limor “Ladyada” Fried
  • Omoju Miller
  • Cory Doctorow

LCA2021 website

LCA2021 Videos on YouTube

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2020 – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


  • Dr Sean Brady
  • Donna Benjamin
  • A/Prof Vanessa Teague
  • Lizzie O’Shea

LCA2020 website

LCA2020 Videos on Youtube

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2019 – University of Canterbury: Christchurch, New Zealand


  • Rory Aronson
  • Dana Lewis
  • Shannon Morse
  • Rusty Russell

LCA2019 website

LCA2019 Videos on Youtube

2018 – University of Technology: Sydney, New South Wales


  • Matthew Todd
  • Karen Sandler
  • Hugh Blemings
  • Jess Frazelle

LCA2018 website

LCA2018 Videos on Youtube

2017 – Wrest Point: Hobart, Tasmania


  • Pia Waugh
  • Dan Callahan
  • Nadia Eghbal
  • Robert M. “r0ml” Lefkowitz

LCA2017 website

LCA2017 Videos on Youtube


2016 – Geelong: Deakin University – Waterfront Campus


  • George Fong
  • Catarina Mota
  • Jono Bacon
  • Genevieve Bell

LCA2016 website

LCA2016 videos on Youtube

2015 – Auckland: University of Auckland


  • Eben Moglen
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Bob Young

LCA2015 website

LCA2015 videos on Youtube

2014 – Perth: University of Western Australia


  • Dr Suelette Dreyfus
  • Kate Chapman
  • Matthew Garrett
  • Jonathan Oxer

LCA2014 website

LCA2014 videos on Youtube

2013 – Canberra: Australian National University


  • Bdale Garbee
  • Radia Perlman
  • “Bunnie” Huang
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee

LCA2013 website

LCA2013 videos on Youtube

2012 – Ballarat: University of Ballarat


  • Bruce Perens
  • Paul Fenwick
  • Karen Sandler
  • Jacob Appelbaum

LCA2012 website

LCA2012 videos on Youtube

2011 – Brisbane: Queenland University of Technology


  • Eric Allman
  • Vint Cerf
  • Geoff Huston
  • Mark Pesce

LCA2011 website

LCA2011 videos on Youtube

2010 – Wellington: Wellington Convention Centre


  • Gabriella Coleman
  • Benjamin Mako Hill
  • Glyn Moody
  • Nathan Torkington

LCA2010 website

LCA2010 videos on Youtube

2009 – Hobart: The University of Tasmania


  • Tom Limoncelli – The Scarcity Mindset vs. The Abundance Mindset
  • Angela Beesley – The future of Wikipedia and The Wikimedia Foundation
  • Simon Phipps – Open, Free and Profitable?

LCA2009 website

2008 – Melbourne: The University of Melbourne


Other presentations, video and audio –

2007 – Sydney: University of New South Wales


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2006 – Dunedin: University of Otago


  • Dave Miller – 3 talks – Niagra, Linux TCP Developments and Kernel Developer Social Interactions
  • Damian Conway – Sex and Violence: Technical and Social Lessons from the Perl 6 Development Process.
  • Mark Shuttleworth – Improving Collaboration Between Open Source Projects

2005 – Canberra – Australian National University


  • Andrew Tridgell – SAMBA development model
  • Andrew Morton – 2.6 kernel development (management)
  • Eben Moglen – Free Software, Future threats and challenges – Free radio.

2004 – Adelaide: The University of Adelaide


  • Jon “Maddog” Hall – Programmers Are From Mars, Users/Managers/Companies are from Venus
  • Bdale Garbee – Where Would You Like One Hundred Thousand Users to Go Today?
  • havoc – The state of the Open-Source Desktop

2003 – Perth: The University of Western Australia


  • Paul “Rusty” Russell – Hacking the kernel and looking cool while driving a fast car
  • Bdale Garbee – Herding Wild Cats and Related Adventures – An Inside Look at the Debian Project
  • Andrew Tridgell – Network analysis techniques

2002 – Brisbane: The University of Queensland


  • Andrew Tridgell & Jeremy Allison – Ten Years of SAMBA
  • Michi Henning – Computing Fallacies
  • Theodore Tso – Ten Years of Linux

2001 – Sydney: University of New South Wales


  • Alan Cox – World Domination: Classified Progress Report and Briefing
  • David Miller – A Zero-copy and Delayed Fragment Reassembly Framework for Linux
  • Andrew Tridgell – Inside the mind of… TiVo

1999 – Melbourne: Monash University


  • Jon “Maddog” Hall – Take No Prisoners (Venimus, Vidimus, Dolavimus)