2011 has opened registrations for the largest open source conference in the Southern Hemisphere. will be held in Brisbane, Australia at the idyllic waterside Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gardens Point Campus from 24 – 29 January 2011.

From the press release:

The lca2011 organising team are delighted to announce that registrations are now open for 2011.

With the official opening of the registrations for lca2011, those wishing to attend the world’s best Linux conference can benefit from generously discounted Early Bird prices. These will be available till the 8th November or until sold out.

“After open discussion among the lca2011 organising team, we’ve arrived at competitive fresh prices for lca2011, taking special care to remember students”, said Shaun Nykvist, lca2011 Director. “lca2011 is really shaping up to be another to remember. From the new innovative Rocketry miniconf to our impressive Keynotes and the strong but broad range of relevant presentations, there is something for everyone. There are technical sessions for those who really want to delve into the deeper areas of linux and open source software, and there is also the less technical presentations for the end users.”

Miniconfs, talks and keynotes

My friend Marco Ostini, paper chair, had the following to say about the paper schedule for LCA 2011:

“I look on this Schedule as a thing of great beauty. It’s like a glance across today’s global FOSS community. It contains presentations which include innovation, boldness and significant improvements, as well talks that include heart and thoughtfulness. It’s been a lot of hard work, and is not yet complete but gives people a strong guide that lca2011 in Brisbane will be a stunner.”

Highlights include keynotes by Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, Eric Allman, the original author of Sendmail, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sendmail, Inc and Mark Pesce, an inventor, writer, educator and broadcaster, with more keynote speakers yet to be announced.

Other sessions of interest include:


Tickets to the conference are available in three different pricing brackets, ranging from $125 up to $635 AUD.

Professional – The Professional rate is the standard conference rate. This rate applies to most people who have their companies pay the conference fees and charge it as a professional development expense, or for individuals who can legitimately claim it is a tax deduction. The benefits of a Professional registration include such things as:

  • Attendance at the Professional Delegates Networking Session
  • 1 free ticket to the Penguin Dinner
  • Listing as a Professional Delegate

Hobbyist – The Hobbyist rate is heavily discounted for free software enthusiasts who are paying out of their own pockets and would otherwise find it difficult to attend.

Student – This discounted rate is reserved for College or University Students. lca2011 offers this rate as a form of investment in the future of the free and open source software community.

More information on pricing and registration can be found here.