PLUG to Host Linux.conf.au At The University of Western Australia,
Jan 22 - 26, 2003
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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
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
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
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
Linux is a core part of a modern multi-user computer operating
system developed by a world-wide network of enthusiasts and
professionals, and is available for free under the terms of the GNU
General Public License (GPL). This license is special in that it
specifically permits the end user access to the underlying source
code that creates the Linux kernel, and permits them rights to
modify it and redistribute it. The GPL is available from the Free
Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org). It is this model of
license that leads to a "peer review" model of software
development, since no part of the program remains undisclosed to
any interested party.
Many organisations including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq
Computer and Dell Computer are adopting Linux kernel based
operating systems for a variety of tasks, from network servers to
personal desktop machines.
The Linux kernel, in combination with a large selection of "user
space" tools and utility programs are combined to create a complete
computer operating systems, for example, Red Hat, Debian, SuSE, and
As well as operating on commodity Intel based personal
computers, Linux also runs on a number of other types of computers,
such as large mainframes and commercial network servers, down to
pocket organisers and wrist watches.
More information on Linux is available from http://www.linux.com/.
Linux(R) is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Other
trademarks are property of their respective owners.
MEDIA RELEASE CONTACTS: Perth Linux Users' Group Inc James
Bromberger +61 417 772 286 (GMT +0800) email@example.com
Linux Australia Inc Gary Allpike +61 400 885 567 (GMT +1000)
PUBLICITY CONTACT: LCA 2003, Perth Linux Users' Group Inc
Jacqueline McNally +61 8 9474 3021 (GMT +0800) firstname.lastname@example.org