Australia's premier open source conference, Linux.conf.au (LCA), will be without a host city after next year's conference, which will be held in Canberra.
Have the wheels come off LCA 2014?
"We should now be in the final stages of meeting with bid teams and visiting the proposed venues, ready to make a decision in the next few weeks. This task turns out to be trivially simple, because to date, we have not received any bids," James Polley, Linux Australia executive council member, wrote on the Linux Australia mailing list.
Polley posed the question of whether the open source community is now spoilt for choice, and whether LCA's previous broad-based approach should be changed.
"Several teams and individuals have expressed an interest, but the number of bids received is zero," said Polley.
"As a community, we need to ask ourselves an important question: does anyone here want to go to LCA in 2014?"
Linux Australia will be keeping the bidding process for LCA 2014 open for another three weeks.
LCA 2013 miniconfs
The miniconfs for LCA 2013 was further crystallised today, with the addition of Open Government, Multimedia and Music, Haecksen and Linux Distributions tracks. These are add to the OpenStack, MobileFOSS, Cloud Infrastructure, Distributed Storage and High Availability miniconfs that were announced last week.
LCA 2013 will be held at the Australian National University from 28 January to 2 February, 2013.
Will Canberra be the final host of Linux.conf.au?
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