Linux.conf.au kicked off today at UNSW, beginning with a series of mini conferences covering the topics of Debian, GNOME, education, embedded, virtualisation, MySQL and Research.
Things were not terribly busy for attendees today as people took it easy.
Turns out that the faithful Builder "Video Guy" has worked as a UNSW tour guide in years gone by and was able to point out Stargate-like objects for all our geek referencing delight.
The highlight of the current setup was the distro chairs, with each major distro having a nice colourful couch — except for Gentoo.
Gentoo gets a box and people then have to build the chair themselves! What more could a Gentoo user want? There is at least one satisfied Gentoo user on his chair. It might take a while to build but that chair is your chair and you know exactly what is in it!
I hope that over the coming days this Gentoo chair will develop trapper-keeper like tendencies and show those other smug chairs what is what!
On the actual business side of things today, we did a great interview with Jon Oxer that is wrapped up nicely in this news piece and look out for the full video to appear in the future.
In the afternoon we got a sneak peek at the UNSW Sunswift that broke the Coast to Coast record between Perth and Sydney for a solar car. The old record was 8.5 days and the Sunswift did it 5.5 days! Congratulations to all and if you would like to get up close with Sunswift, it will be at the LCA Open Day on Thursday from 3pm.
For all coverage on LCA2007, check out http://www.builderau.com.au/special/linux-conference-2007/
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.