An update on Linux Australia's activities September 2016

Hi Everyone,

Although many of you may read the Council minutes that are posted on the Linux Australia website [0], we'd also like to take the opportunity to keep you up to date on Council's actions, and the broader activities of Linux Australia.

First majority female Linux Australia Council

The new Council was elected at LCA Geelong in February, and for the first time in Linux Australia's 15 year history, the Council is majority female. Congratulations to Katie McLaughlin (OCM), Cherie Ellis (OCM),

Linux Australia Autumn Newsletter


Hi there! We're pleased to bring you the first of what is hopefully many editions of the Linux Australia Community Newsletter. A newsletter is something we've been hoping to establish for some time, and we'd warmly welcome your support and advice in shaping it to bring you the news you want to read about Linux and Open Source in Australia.

We'd really love your support to help keep the newsletter ticking along, and if you'd like to contribute as an editor, or if you have a news story to share, please get in contact at

Annual General Meeting & 2012 Council Election

Annual General Meeting

An agenda is now available for the AGM, to be held on Wednesday 18 January 2012 at 5:30pm in the Caro Theatre at LCA. You can view the agenda at (will open in a new tab or window)


Voting has commenced for the 2012 council. Please vote! You can do so via MemberDB, which lives at or you can click the big button on the right :-)

Rusty Wrench Award Nominations

The more astute of you may have noticed from the meeting minutes that the Council is bringing the Rusty Wrench Award out of retirement. Someone has even already updated the Wikipedia page!

LCA2011 Friday Morning Keynote

On the last day of 2011, Mark Pesce gave the final keynote entitled “Smoke Signals”. The slides and an essay based on the presentation are available on Mark's website.

After the keynote both the conference organising team and members of the Linux Australia council received complaints from attendees regarding some of the content and imagery in the presentation. The imagery in particular was of a nature that was upsetting to a number of viewers.

LCA2013 Bid Process Open


We have just come off the tail end of 2011 and I'm very much looking forwarded to 2012 in Ballarat next year. However it is now time to look forwards to 2013.

We have moved the bid process much earlier this year to give teams more of a chance to get organised and to leave the wining team enough time to make preparations for the announcement at 2012.

The new timeline is outlined below:

Linux Australia Survey

The Linux Australia Council launched a Membership Survey on 11 May, 2010. The Survey was designed to ascertain what our members expect from Linux Australia and to explore our focus, potential services, how our membership want to engage with us, and to ascertain our relevance to the Linux and FOSS community.

Congratulations Penny!

Linux Australia is proud to announce that Penny Lyle is the winner of the complimentary ticket to 2011 in Brisbane. Her name was chosen randomly from over 300 entries.

Congratulations, Penny!

Free swag for Software Freedom Day

Hi All,

Over the years Linux Australia has collected a number of swag items
that have become left over from conferences and events. To help combat
this problem of where to store it and what to do with it Linux
Australia would like to help supply registered Software Freedom Day[1]
teams with extra goodies to give away and help promote free software!

Since SFD is less than a month away we need responses as quickly as
possible! If you are running a free software promotion type event and
would like some extra swag to give away please email the Linux