This announcement is a bit late in coming and the more astute of you may have noticed a mention or two in the council meeting minutes.
In August 2010 the auDA New 2LDs Advisory Panel handed over its recommendations to the auDA Board. One of the items under consideration was the fate of the conf.au 2LD.
In their final report  the advisory panel recommended that the conf.au domain should not be reactivated. However the report did make one other recommendation.
2.14 The Panel acknowledges that the Linux conference has established a long-standing online identity through the use of linux.conf.au. The Panel notes that it is not within its terms of reference to make recommendations with respect to specific domain names, however its view is that there is a strong case for grandfathering linux.conf.au.
The auDA board then met mid August  and made the following decision.
That the board agreed to grandfather linux.conf.au, with the CEO to determine the most appropriate operational arrangements - Carried.
So I'm very pleased to announce that, from this point onwards, the linux.conf.au domain will be available all year round, rather than the somewhat traditional 6 monthly on/off cycle that many conference regulars have become familiar with.
Linux Australia has signed an agreement with auDA which now grants us use of this domain for the foreseeable future.
We even have a proper whois record now , which might make it a bit easier to get an SSL certificate!
I would like to thank Steve Walsh and Mark Tearle who both made submissions to the panel as well as the many members who filled in the auDA survey.
I'd especially like to thank Steve for going through the very tedious process for the last few years to ensure that linux.conf.au was actually available for the 6 months each year that we were allowed to use it.