Linux Australia facilitates an annual conference called

Each year a different team bids for the right to organise in their city. The conference is widely regarded, and prominent members of the world wide Free and Open Source Software community attend regularly. Further details on the bidding and selection process, and information on how to organise the conference are made available on request to the Linux Australia council.

In 2017 will return to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. See for more info.



It all started in Melbourne back in 1999, with CALU: Conference of Australian Linux Users which was held at Monash University over 3 days in July 1999.

Renamed to in 2001, it has grown to become one of the world's best technical Linux conferences.

It continues to be run by community volunteers for the community volunteers that have made Linux and Free and Open Source Software the phenomenon it is today.

[ map: LCA Locations ]

 2017 - Wrest Point: Hobart, Tasmania


  • Stay Tuned

LCA2017 website


 2016 - Geelong: Deakin Univeristy - Waterfront Camp Geelong

  • George Fong
  • Catarina Mota
  • Jono Bacon
  • Genevieve Bell

LCA2016 website


2015 - Auckland: University of Auckland Auckland

  • Eben Moglen
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Bob Young

LCA2015 website

2014 - Perth: University of Western Australia


  • Dr Suelette Dreyfus
  • Kate Perth
  • Matthew Garrett
  • Jonathan Oxer

LCA2014 website

2013 - Canberra: Australian National University canberra logo


  • Bdale Garbee
  • Radia Perlman
  • "Bunnie" Huang
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee


LCA2013 website

2012 - Ballarat: University of Ballarat


  • Bruce Perens
  • Paul Fenwick
  • Karen Sandler
  • Jacob Appelbaum

LCA2012 website 2011 Brisbane

2011 - Brisbane: Queenland University of Technology


  • Eric Allman
  • Vint Cerf
  • Geoff Huston
  • Mark Pesce

LCA2011 website


Penguins Visiting: 2010 Wellington, New Zealand.

2010 - Wellington: Wellington Convention Centre


  • Gabriella Coleman
  • Benjamin Mako Hill
  • Glyn Moody
  • Nathan Torkington

LCA2010 website 2009 Tasmania

2009 - Hobart: The University of Tasmania


  • Tom Limoncelli - The Scarcity Mindset vs. The Abundance Mindset
  • Angela Beesley - The future of Wikipedia and The Wikimedia Foundation
  • Simon Phipps - Open, Free and Profitable?

LCA2009 website Melbourne 20082008 - Melbourne: The University of Melbourne


Other presentations, video and audio -



LCA2007 - Sydney 20072007 - Sydney: University of New South Wales


Other presentations, video and audio -

LCA2006 2006 Dunedin, New Zealand2006 - Dunedin: University of Otago


  • Dave Miller - 3 talks - Niagra, Linux TCP Developments and Kernel Developer Social Interactions
  • Damian Conway - Sex and Violence: Technical and Social Lessons from the Perl 6 Development Process.
  • Mark Shuttleworth - Improving Collaboration Between Open Source Projects

LCA2005 2005, Canberra2005 - Canberra - Australian National University


  • Andrew Tridgell - SAMBA development model
  • Andrew Morton - 2.6 kernel development (management)
  • Eben Moglen - Free Software, Future threats and challenges - Free radio.

LCA2004 2004 Adelaide2004 - Adelaide: The University of Adelaide


  • Jon "Maddog" Hall - Programmers Are From Mars, Users/Managers/Companies are from Venus
  • Bdale Garbee - Where Would You Like One Hundred Thousand Users to Go Today?
  • havoc - The state of the Open-Source Desktop

BIB: Birds in Black

2003 - Perth: The University of Western Australia


  • Paul "Rusty" Russell - Hacking the kernel and looking cool while driving a fast car
  • Bdale Garbee - Herding Wild Cats and Related Adventures - An Inside Look at the Debian Project
  • Andrew Tridgell - Network analysis techniques



2002 - Brisbane: The University of Queensland

LCA2002 2002 Brisbane - Linux Australia's International ConferenceKeynotes

  • Andrew Tridgell & Jeremy Allison - Ten Years of SAMBA
  • Michi Henning - Computing Fallacies
  • Theodore Tso - Ten Years of Linux


2001 - Sydney: University of New South Wales


  • Alan Cox - World Domination: Classified Progress Report and Briefing
  • David Miller - A Zero-copy and Delayed Fragment Reassembly Framework for Linux
  • Andrew Tridgell - Inside the mind of... TiVo

CALU: Maddogs Keynote

1999 - Melbourne: Monash University


  • Jon "Maddog" Hall - Take No Prisoners (Venimus, Vidimus, Dolavimus)