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Linux lovefest wraps up in Melbourne and flies south

As the Linux.conf.au 2008 wrapped up in Melbourne last week it was time to reflect on the highlights of the last few days. What was hot and what was not?

As the Linux.conf.au 2008 wrapped up in Melbourne last week it was time to reflect on the highlights of the last few days. What was hot and what was not?

Hot:
|>Anthony Baxter of Google gave the Friday keynote on the upcoming 3.0 release of Python. There was little new knowledge in there for people that have been keeping tabs on Python, but good showmanship can still be entertaining and the talk was certainly that.

|>Friday was still a full day of talks and teching before winding down into the official closing of LCA for the year where it was revealed that Hobart would be the next destination of the conference. The 19th to 24th of January have been locked in as the dates with the site to be the University of Tasmania. Given the holiday style tie-ins already seen around the winning bid, I'm sure there is a business opportunity for a "Geeks do Tassie" style tour.

|> Access to some of the smartest folk in the world. Linux.conf.au is one of those developer conferences which allow you to engage with peers directly working on a variety of open source programs. Whether you want to hug them or choke them, key developers behind large open source projects are on hand. We spoke to the likes of Andrew Tridgell and Linus Torvalds — stay tuned for those videos on Builder AU soon.


Lukewarm:
|>Open Day, a showcase of open source technologies and groups, was a continuation of the successful day from last year's LCA. The day was moved to a Saturday as it was determined that it would allow a better chance of people not closely involved in the open source community to attend. Personally, I didn't see a great deal of difference in the non-conference attendees than last year. One reason for this could be that holding it on the same campus as the conference itself detracts from non-conference people attending.

|>The Rusty Wrench this year was postponed as the award is set to be the community award at the new Australian Open Source Awards. Based on the New Zealand Open Source Awards, nominations for the Australian version begin in March with a gala dinner presentation to be held during July in Sydney.


Smoking:
|>If the organisers managed to combine the Open Day with the penguin dinner which was held in Melbourne's night markets, I think it would have been an amazing success and introduced a lot more people to open source.

|>The triumph of the conference was the penguin dinner were among the cuisine choices was a roo burger with a side of emu and croc sausage. I have no idea what the foreign guests must have thought of it all — but I do know that emu doesn't taste like chicken; it tastes like four week old chicken.

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