This year's competition will be run over a continuous three hour period. A number of fun, challenging and interesting programming questions have been created by some of the developers from Ozlabs and prize winners from last years competition.
The questions vary from making small enhancements to open source projects, to optimising the implementation of algorithms.
- To be eligible to enter the Hackfest, you must be a registered delegate of linux.conf.au 2007 (includes speakers).
- The questions will not be made available beforehand.
- You will need your own computer to do the problems. Alternatively if you can find one nearby to use that is acceptable, but you may miss out on some announcements during the competition.
- You'll need a reasonable knowledge of C.
- Knowledge of 64-bit PowerPC assembler will be an advantage, but not necessary (at least before the competition!)
- Team entries of up to 2 people will be accepted, but its up to you to work out how to split the loot (which may not be easily done).
- You are free to use online resources such as web pages, open source code archives etc.
- Please turn up on time as we'll be starting promptly and extra time will not be allocated to late arrivals
IBM is proud to have the opportunity to provide prizes to this year's linux.conf.au Hackfest
Two Blackdog linux servers http://www.projectblackdog.com/index.html
- 512MB version
- 255MB Expansion card
One Apple PowerPC G5 Quad 2.5Gz machine http://support.apple.com/specs/powermac/Power_Mac_G5_Late_2005.html