Aug 082010

Some great news for those who have not yet submitted their proposals for lca2011 – the call for proposals (cfp) has now been extended to the 14th August, 2010.  The team will still be accepting proposals in each of the categories;

  • papers
  • tutorials
  • miniconfs
  • posters

If you have forgotten about the conference or have just not had time to put in a proposal now is the time.  If you are unsure about your ideas then please contact the lca2011 team or myself.  We have received some great submissions to date and are really looking forward to reviewing these.  More information about the cfp can be found at –

Jul 152010

Its been a while coming – but finally the lca2011 call for papers has been announced – please go to for more information on this.  This year the lca2011 team has also made a call for Posters in addition for the common call for Presentations, Miniconfs and Tutorials.  If you know of people that you would like to see present at this conference, then please give them a little nudge to make a submission.  The site will continue to evolve over the next few months until the conference, so please make sure you check back regularly or subscribe to one of the many feeds that exist e.g. twitter,  facebook.  It has been another late night for me so I am hopefully going to go and steal a couple of hours sleep before the morning hits me with the normal school drop offs and work duties.  Thanx to everyone for their patience while we have got this out – there have been a plethora of issues we have had to work through since Christmas last year, but it will be another to remember.  We have lots of exciting things planned and will do our best to accommodate the many suggestions we have received since the brilliant Wellington conference in January.

Jul 022010

Tonight has been another very long, yet productive night for the LCA2011 team.  The whole team has been working extremely hard over the last few weeks to ensure that the call for papers, miniconfs and posters will happen in the next few days.  The team has faced many challenges over the last few months on a number of different levels, but has been gradually working through these to ensure that 2011 is yet another great conference that everyone in the open source community has come to expect.  If you are planning to be a presenter, run a miniconf,  or even submit a poster then now is the time to get your ideas together ready for the official call for papers (official announcement very soon).  Alternatively, if you know of someone who would be a great speaker then give them a little prod about the conference and ask them about presenting.  Only 206 more days and LCA2011 will be upon us and while I had planned to be asleep at this time of the morning, I think I will go and look for bugs  – probably the sort of thing you need to do in the dark of the night.

Apr 172010

What a week – I am sure the last 3 weeks have just blended into 1 very very long week.  I never though that this week would ever end – its been so full of surprises (and just ridiculous emails).  I think it was all topped off with a couple of my servers going offline late Thursday night and after some preliminary investigation, my concern being “where is the building”.  I thought these could wait to the next day with the servers being important – but not that critical for a late night drive. Next morning I arrive to find that the section of the building with the servers located in it just didn’t have power.  Who killed my power!!!!  A couple of very long extension cords and servers are online – temporary until someone finds out how to restore power to that section of the building.

Today has been long with a workshop in the morning and a very long but positive LCA2011 meeting in the afternoon.  It was good to see that we have some really awesome stuff planned for LCA2011 and its all starting to come together.  Some weeks just seem to be more productive than others. I can’t wait to be able to make some of the announcements (and keep some things as a surprise).

I now hear rain which hopefully means that if it will still be around in the morning and our grass can continue to grow uninterrupted by loud annoying lawn mowers.  It may just be a free day after  all tomorrow (though I will probably spend half the day fighting the flu that my two lovely girls have given me).

Apr 152010

LCA 2011 – 16th January – 22nd January 2011

Brisbane, Australia

What a week!  This has been a very busy couple of weeks for me, spending 2 weeks working in Malaysia and Vietnam and then flying back to Brisbane to host a meeting of previous LCA organisers (ghosts).  The LCA 2011 team spent both Saturday and Sunday discussing a whole range of items to ensure that we run the best conference ever.   Coinciding with this event we have been able to release the official dates for the conference as being held in January – this is good news to all thos that have sent me an email during and after LCA2010 asking for the conference not to be held in February.  I know we are not able to always please everyone – though we obviously have tried our best to do so.

The team has some nice things (and different) planned for the conference and as more details become confirmed I will post these here and in other social network forums.  We will also be communicating via all of the normal LCA channels.  Obviously there are a few things that we will not be releasing to people and hoping to keep as a surprise.  More details soon :-)