Linus Torvalds has probably done more for the world than many know, and his influence stretches far and wide throughout all corners of the globe with a variety of amazing implementations of his original vision that started almost two decades ago. Whether you know it or not, at some stage in your day-to-day life you probably come into contact with Torvalds' work. Without him, many wouldn't be where they are today, Ubuntu wouldn't exist and Free Software wouldn't be such a prevalent mainstream ideology used by millions. I caught up with Linus for a chat in Brisbane to get his opinion on Ubuntu, Linux in the mobile space and find out what new stuff is happening in the kernel this year.
The location for Linux.conf.au 2012 has been announced as Ballarat, Victoria. The conference will run early next year and have a similar format to the LCAs we have become used to over the past ten years - a week long Open Source conference boasting a variety of keynote speakers, talks, tutorials and sessions that makes LCA what it is.
Days three and four of LCA2011 have passed, and now we are almost halfway through the fifth day, Friday. The past couple of days have been quite interesting, with many very cool talks, two social events in the evenings and I got lucky enough to spend some time with Linus Torvalds!
Yesterday I got a chance to sit down for an interview over lunch with one of the original founders of Ubuntu: ex-GNOME Release Manager and past Canonical employee Jeff Waugh.
Day two of Linux.conf.au has been and gone, with highlights for me being Vint Cerf's keynote, the RoboCup talk and a 40 minute interview with Jeff Waugh over lunch. Click through for day two's gallery of photos from LCA2011.
I'm currently sitting in a very interesting and unique talk about the University of New South Wales and their Computer Science RoboCup team. Robocup, which you may have heard of, is an international competition where teams build and program fully autonomous robots to play a game of soccer.
Google's Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf is about to take the stage at Linux.conf.au to deliver the conference's primary keynote.
Day 1 of Linux.conf.au has come and gone, with talks on everything from building successful businesses on open source to making music with Linux. Here is a selection of photos from today.
Arjen Lentz is currently giving a talk at Linux.conf.au entitled "Creating the Business you want." At the beginning of his talk he handed out a sheet of A4 with 10 principles Lentz believes small companies should stick to when starting out.
Open source can provide an excellent foundation for building businesses, as we've seen from many companies past and present. But how does one utilize the tools and benefits of Open Source to create a successful business model and a sustainable company?
How do you get to a Linux Conference? Only with style. And what's more stylish than a Toyota Prada SUV with a number plate that reads "LINUX?"
I'm sure you've heard about it, but do you really know what it is, why it exists and why you should care? In this article I try to answer three questions: What is Linux.conf.au, what happens there, and why should you care?