Linux.conf.au coming back to Canberra!

johnboy 24 January 2012 52

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What better way for the nerds of Canberra to celebrate the Centenary than gathering at ANU for linux.conf.au!

Canberra turns 100 next year. That’s pretty old, but we’re pretty sure that she still knows how to party. All of Canberra will have their party shoes on during 2013, including the geeks. And what better way to have a geek party than to host the best Linux conference in the southern hemisphere, right here in the middle of our town?

Linux Australia announced today that linux.conf.au will be held at the Australian National University campus next year, from 28 January to 2 February, 2013.

Conference Director Michael Still said that he was delighted with the announcement, and praised the work already put in by the Canberra committee to organise the bid. “We have a lot of work to do before January 2013, but we plan to deliver a great conference, and have some fun while we’re doing it.”

linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the southern hemisphere. Every year open source geeks from across the globe gather in Australia to meet their fellow technologists, share the latest ideas and innovations, and spend a week collaborating on free, open source software projects.

Canberra last hosted the conference in 2005, to universal acclaim. Eight years on, we are delighted to see the conference return to the capital.

For those wondering what Linux is, it’s a computer operating system of great reliability maintained by the community. It runs my netbook, the RiotACT webserver, and android smartphones amongst many other things.

Legend has it the linux penguin was inspired by a penguin at the Canberra Zoo biting Linus Torvalds.


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Dilandach Dilandach 12:49 pm 24 Jan 12

Sweet. Something to look forward to.

Freyberg Freyberg 1:17 pm 24 Jan 12

That would be the Taronga Zoo – bit north from the ACT 🙂

Deref Deref 1:29 pm 24 Jan 12

🙂 A most excellent thing. Perhaps our wholly-owned subsidiaries of Microsoft, aka our governments, will come along and learn something.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 1:41 pm 24 Jan 12

DO NOT TALK ABOUT DISTROS at these venues.

You will see blood…

poetix poetix 1:52 pm 24 Jan 12

Thanks for explaining what Linux is. It sounds like a great idea in allowing free access, but is probably one of those things only accessible to people who know what they’re talking about in the first place. The Wiki entry was enough to me feel hopeless. This is why people end up spending so much; the total gap between ‘geeks’ (their word) and the rest.

That’s the chasm where Steve Jobs made his money.

Duffbowl Duffbowl 2:01 pm 24 Jan 12

Jivrashia said :

DO NOT TALK ABOUT DISTROS at these venues.

You will see blood…

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

johnboy johnboy 2:07 pm 24 Jan 12

Duffbowl said :

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

You’ll still be compiling the drivers for your death ray when the ubuntites mow you down!

Dilandach Dilandach 3:25 pm 24 Jan 12

johnboy said :

Duffbowl said :

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

You’ll still be compiling the drivers for your death ray when the ubuntites mow you down!

…just before the glorious slackware empire enslaves all. One distro to rule them all.

PantsMan PantsMan 3:31 pm 24 Jan 12

Dilandach said :

johnboy said :

Duffbowl said :

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

You’ll still be compiling the drivers for your death ray when the ubuntites mow you down!

…just before the glorious slackware empire enslaves all. One distro to rule them all.

I run FeeDOS.

thumper109 thumper109 3:32 pm 24 Jan 12

Dilandach said :

johnboy said :

Duffbowl said :

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

You’ll still be compiling the drivers for your death ray when the ubuntites mow you down!

…just before the glorious debian frees all. One distro to free them all.

fixed*

PantsMan PantsMan 3:40 pm 24 Jan 12

PantsMan said :

Dilandach said :

johnboy said :

Duffbowl said :

The blood of heretics that doubt the power of Gentoo… 🙂

You’ll still be compiling the drivers for your death ray when the ubuntites mow you down!

…just before the glorious slackware empire enslaves all. One distro to rule them all.

I run FeeDOS.

Ops, I meant “FreeDOS”.

I have to use PS/2 keyboards becasue that’s all that’s supported, and the only one I can find has a dodgy “r”.

mikal mikal 4:16 pm 24 Jan 12

Freyberg said :

That would be the Taronga Zoo – bit north from the ACT 🙂

Nup. Linus was assaulted at Canberra Zoo and Aquarium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheStoryBehindTux.jpg

Duffbowl Duffbowl 4:31 pm 24 Jan 12

PantsMan said :

PantsMan said :

I run FeeDOS.

Ops, I meant “FreeDOS”.

I have to use PS/2 keyboards becasue that’s all that’s supported, and the only one I can find has a dodgy “r”.

We all are sinners… however, some obviously sin more than others.

dvaey dvaey 6:45 pm 24 Jan 12

mikal said :

Freyberg said :

That would be the Taronga Zoo – bit north from the ACT 🙂

Nup. Linus was assaulted at Canberra Zoo and Aquarium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheStoryBehindTux.jpg

I read that first comment, and was sure I wasnt imagining being at the Canberra Zoo and Aquarium with him when he first saw the penguin..

It sure doesnt seem like 15 years ago though, time flies..

Spectra Spectra 9:58 pm 24 Jan 12

…but is probably one of those things only accessible to people who know what they’re talking about in the first place

Spoken like someone who’s never even tried. If downloading and burning a DVD is beyond you, then yes, you’ll probably have difficulty getting Linux installed under your own steam. If not, well that’s about all there is to dipping your toe in the water. Download, burn, boot off the DVD and try it out.

This is why people end up spending so much; the total gap between ‘geeks’ (their word) and the rest.

If you want to try Linux out, and want your hand held, there’s probably a dozen people on this site alone who’d be more than happy to help out – myself included. If you have any suggestions about how we “geeks” could bridge the “total gap”, I can promise you they’d love to hear it. Nothing would make us happier than seeing more people using Linux. For the record, I have several friends, lawyers, actuaries and teachers who use linux – nary a geek amongst them. Have an Android smartphone? Hey, you’re already running it! I can’t offer a lower barrier to entry than that.

That’s the chasm where Steve Jobs made his money.

Android phones outsold iPhones by something in the region of 2:1 last year. Not exactly what I’d consider a chasm. Unless you’re suggesting that 2/3 of the population is “geeks” and the rest are on the other side of some gap or other. Or in the gap. I’m not sure I fully followed your metaphor, to be honest.

Spectra Spectra 10:15 pm 24 Jan 12

PS: LinuxMint is the One True Way. Can’t let a distro war go un-waded-into 🙂

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:25 pm 24 Jan 12

I am currently in Hell. Or to put it another way, I’m an old time Unix hacker who has suddenly been forced to do some development work under Windoze. Something inside me has been dying. This afternoon I actually wrote my own cross-thread comms library, because the OS is so lame. Unbelievable.

So, this news is the best thing that has happened to me all day. Tridge will be dancing in the streets.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:47 pm 24 Jan 12

dvaey said :

mikal said :

Freyberg said :

That would be the Taronga Zoo – bit north from the ACT 🙂

Nup. Linus was assaulted at Canberra Zoo and Aquarium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheStoryBehindTux.jpg

I read that first comment, and was sure I wasnt imagining being at the Canberra Zoo and Aquarium with him when he first saw the penguin..

It sure doesnt seem like 15 years ago though, time flies..

Off topic I know but what the hell…

I’ve never met him, but everything I’ve ever seen has indicated to me that…how shall I put this diplomatically…Linus Isn’t Easy To Like. Technically outstanding, yeah, but he seems like someone who believes his own PR, more than most of us would. I made this assessment during his dispute with Andrew Tannenbaum, and it’s been reinforced over the years through a number of episodes such as his totally unnecessary spray against the Subversion folks.

Comments anyone? Confirmation? Refutation? Outraged abuse?

poetix poetix 11:03 pm 24 Jan 12

Spectra said :

…but is probably one of those things only accessible to people who know what they%u2019re talking about in the first place

Spoken like someone who’s never even tried. If downloading and burning a DVD is beyond you, then yes, you’ll probably have difficulty getting Linux installed under your own steam. If not, well that’s about all there is to dipping your toe in the water. Download, burn, boot off the DVD and try it out.

This is why people end up spending so much; the total gap between %u2018geeks%u2019 (their word) and the rest.

If you want to try Linux out, and want your hand held, there’s probably a dozen people on this site alone who’d be more than happy to help out – myself included. If you have any suggestions about how we “geeks” could bridge the “total gap”, I can promise you they’d love to hear it. Nothing would make us happier than seeing more people using Linux. For the record, I have several friends, lawyers, actuaries and teachers who use linux – nary a geek amongst them. Have an Android smartphone? Hey, you’re already running it! I can’t offer a lower barrier to entry than that.

That%u2019s the chasm where Steve Jobs made his money.

Android phones outsold iPhones by something in the region of 2:1 last year. Not exactly what I’d consider a chasm. Unless you’re suggesting that 2/3 of the population is “geeks” and the rest are on the other side of some gap or other. Or in the gap. I’m not sure I fully followed your metaphor, to be honest.

The really funny thing about this comment is that you probably don’t realise how incredibly patronising it is. At least I got one laugh out of a thread where all the intentional jokes are well over my wimpy and uneducated head. I’ll leave the rest of it to people like you who deserve to be here!

(P.S. Looks like the eunuchs are messing up my apostrophes again…)

LSWCHP LSWCHP 11:41 pm 24 Jan 12

Spectra said :

…but is probably one of those things only accessible to people who know what they’re talking about in the first place

Spoken like someone who’s never even tried. If downloading and burning a DVD is beyond you, then yes, you’ll probably have difficulty getting Linux installed under your own steam.

That seems a bit harsh. You have to remember that the great majority of people are not technically inclined, so even the idea of an alternative boot device is simply going to invoke a collective WTF from most folks. And that’s not intended as a criticism of anybody, BTW.

Starting off in a hardcore manner like that, and then subsequently suggesting that Poetix could come to you for advice doesn’t seem like it’s going to work out somehow.

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