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PLUG to Host Linux.conf.au At The University of Western Australia, Jan 22 - 26, 2003

Feb 21, 2002, 12:31 (3 Talkback[s])

Perth, Western Australia (February 21, 2002) - PLUG (Perth Linux Users' Group Inc), a non-profit association for the Linux and Open Source community, today announced that it has been successful in it's bid to host the Linux.conf.au/ (LCA) in January 2003. LCA is a technical conference for professionals, enthusiasts, and students of Linux and Open Source. Technical papers are presented in a lecture style environment, with keynote presentations by a select few luminaries from the Linux and Open Source community world-wide.

The Perth Linux Users' Group aims to promote and assist the Linux and Open Source community through fortnightly seminars and workshops providing the opportunity to connect face-to-face with industry speakers and other Linux users. In addition to the free email discussion list, PLUG provides news, technical support, resources and forums on the web site (http://www.plug.linux.org.au). As part of the bid preparation for the 2003 conference, PLUG produced a five minute video to invite people to attend. This video is available from a number of servers on the Internet from England, the USA, and Australia. You can find it at http://perth2003.linux.conf.au/.

Linux.conf.au is a national 'roaming' conference under the auspices of Linux Australia Inc (http://www.linux.org.au/). Its original incarnation was under the name "Conference of Australian Linux Users" (CALU), held in Melbourne at Monash University in 1999. In January 2001 it was renamed to "Linux.conf.au/" (http://www.linux.conf.au/), and held in Sydney at the University of New South Wales under the direction of the Sydney Linux User Group (SLUG). In February 2002 it was held in Brisbane at the Univeristy of Queensland under the direction of the Home Unix Machine Brisbane User Group (HUMBUG).

LCA has a very high standing in the international community for being a very technically focused, yet relaxed conference schedule. All presenters are selected from the community are of the highest calibre.

IBM is positioned as a major supporter of the Linux community, and will continue as a key sponsor of Linux.conf.au/ in 2003. Other world-wide organisations are expected to support LCA 2003, as well as national and local businesses. The first Call For Papers will be released shortly.

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MEDIA RELEASE CONTACTS: Perth Linux Users' Group Inc James Bromberger +61 417 772 286 (GMT +0800) james@rcpt.to

Linux Australia Inc Gary Allpike +61 400 885 567 (GMT +1000) spice@spice.net.au

PUBLICITY CONTACT: LCA 2003, Perth Linux Users' Group Inc Jacqueline McNally +61 8 9474 3021 (GMT +0800) jacqueline@decisions-and-designs.com.au