It’s that time of year again. It didn’t feel like long since I was reporting on Linux Conference Australia 2011 way back in January this year, where we interviewed the founder of Linux Linus Torvalds, an early Canonical employee and GNOME release manager Jeff Waugh, and covered everything from Linux-powered robots to liveblogging Google’s Vice President Vint Cerf’s opening keynote. is back again next year, hosted in Ballarat (just outside Melbourne, Australia) and once again at least one representative from OMG! Ubuntu! will make the trip to report on a weeks’ worth of exciting Linux news, showcasing and project launches.

The early bird registrations for the conference – which runs from the 16th to 20th January, 2012 – opened last week, setting you back anywhere between $140.00 AUD for a student ticket, right up to $1,500 AUD for a Fairy Penguin Sponsorticket.

The first keynote speaker was announced on Friday – GNOME’s Executive Director Karen Sandler is going to be one of four keynote speakers throughout the week.

Karen M. Sandler is currently the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation and prior to taking up this position was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and Question Copyright and serves as an officer of both the Software Freedom Conservancy and SFLC.

Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of an O’Reilly Open Source Award and also co-host of the“Free as in Freedom” podcast.

Karen’s personal blog, GNOMG, can be found at

No doubt 2012 is shaping up to be another great Linux conference. Look out for more news here on OMG! Ubuntu! as there are still a number of keynote speakers to be announced.

Check out for more information on accommodation, pricing, and the draft schedule.

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