|Who came to linux.conf.au?
Alan Cox - who probably has the most-read one-line diary in the known universe - is
the Linux community's metaphysical link to Scooby Doo. Alan currently
maintains the 2.2 series of the Linux kernel, and is such a critical part
of the Linux community that he has even been ported to his own architecture.
Telsa, who writes considerably longer diary entries
than Alan, claims to be "completely unable to answer anything technical"
but has proved herself inaccurate by publishing the official GNOME FAQ, and contributing
greatly to various documentation and bug-busting efforts.
Given that Telsa & Alan are going through
the long-winded task of moving house right now, we hope that their trip to
Australia will also be a great holiday. (And it will, unless Telsa's fear
of spiders, dropbears and space stations get the better of
"Come to Australia, the jewel of the planet, and talk code,
hack Linux and see how the Aussies throw a party! Me? SEX! I want all those
cute groupies Rusty promised. Or seriously: code, bandwidth and
Richard is best known for writing the Device
FileSystem (devfs). Having gained infamy and pissed off people with the
audacity to write devfs, he's moved on to the area of boot scripts, and
hopes to radically change the way the world boots.
"Linux conference in Sydney in summer: It's like a
refreshing slap in the face with a frozen herring. Wakes you up after all
the good beer you had at the pub last night after staying up till 4 am
rabbiting on about code and api layers and subsystems whilst eating a juicy
steak and enjoying the warm breeze coming off the beach....... mmmmmmmmm
Sydney in summer - where beer and linux collide."
Raster, who has been to many Linux conferences, saw potential
in 1999's CALU: "I think it just needs more funding and bigger parties -
way more, way more free alcohol." (MP3,
The Rasterman, aka Carsten Haitzler, is an
Aussie beer drinker from way back. This probably resulted in his excellent
work on the Enlightenment
window manager. Raster gave a talk
about Enlightenment and X at CALU 1999.
maddog will be speaking at our official conference dinner, and
will be speaking about bringing Linux home to our parents:
"Sixteen years ago I wrote a whitepaper about how my Mother
and Father dealt with electronic devices. Escaping from the confines of
Digital Equipment Corporation, it made its way around the net, eventually
being used as a model for a Human Interface Design course at the University
"Today Mom&Pop are only slightly more savvy about computers.
And computers are only slightly more savvy about Mom&Pop. The question is,
who is winning, and who is losing?"
maddog, aka Jon Hall (but not very often), is
the Executive Director of Linux
International, a non-profit vendor organization dedicated to promoting
the use of Linux.
"Flim 'o' Rama. Coming back to Sydney for a conference is
like going home for the weekend. Beer, beaches and great talks, what more
could you want? There is nothing as rewarding as being able to speak in
your home city. Beaches, Beer, Summer, Sydney, I can't
Horms, aka Simon Horman, works at VA Linux on High Availability. It seems that
the low availability of VB in Horms' new country of residence hasn't
negatively affected his work. Horms gave a talk on high capacity email
at CALU 1999.
"Roo, VB, Coogee... about the only thing that keeps me from
moving permanently to Australia is the network
David Miller wrote the original Linux port to
the SPARC family of processors, developed the MIPS port as a college intern
at SGI, and worked on the team that developed the Cobalt Qube. He blew us
away at CALU where he unveiled his designs
for the upcoming network packet queue for 2.4.
Rik van Riel:
"Rik enjoys the good life in Brazil, "working" on the Linux
kernel memory management subsystem as a full-time kernel hacker for Conectiva. He hopes the Australian
beer and wine will be good enough to do without the Brazillian food for a
Rik's $HOME on the web is at http://surriel.com/, and you can often find
him hosting the excellent IRC channel, #kernelnewbies.
In this quick soundbite, Rusty talks about the success of CALU
1999, and ponders its future, "There's definitely scope for a big Linux
conf in Australia." (MP3,
Rusty, aka Paul Russell, is the man behind
ipcha-- iptab-- the most renamed piece of software in recent Linux history.
He works on Netfilter at OzLabs, Linuxcare's Canberra
"It is nice to see a pure technical conference so well
attended. With a similar style to the Ottawa Linux Symposium, attendees
can look forward to good in-depth technical presentations and a great
atmosphere that encourages the late night hacking sessions that make
Unbeliveably enough, CALU was Tridge's first Linux
conference. He speaks about it here in glowing terms. (MP3,
Tridge, aka Andrew Tridgell, dances with
the devil every day as the lead developer of Samba, and has helped save umpteen
million bandwidth-hours with another widely-used piece of software, rsync. He hacks at OzLabs, Linuxcare's Canberra
||Juan J. Quintela
||Gregory J. Pryzby