- Hobart Conference 2009 Opens Call for Papers has announced the opening of the call for papers on Friday 4th July 2008, giving the open source software community the chance to present at one of the world's premier technical conferences.

Hobart TAS, Australia-- (4th July 2008) ---- The call for papers will remain open for a month, after which the best papers will be selected by an expert panel.

Ben Powell, President of the Tasmanian Linux Users Group, says the 10th annual is expected to attract influential speakers from the international and local technical Linux and Open Source communities.

"This is the first time that the conference has been held in Hobart and given the unique location, and that it is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, we expect to see significant interest from local and international speakers and delegates," said Mr Powell.

It is expected that over 100 speakers will be chosen to present at the Hobart conference from a large pool of international and local submissions.

"The conference provides a unique opportunity for Tasmanians to discuss their ideas on an international stage, and for business to support IT innovation," said Mr Powell.

“This year's Linux conference is expected to bring 700 delegates to the Tasmania to enjoy one of Australia's premiere technical conferences, with presentations by many of the leading experts in free and open source software.

"The conference also provides an opportunity to showcase Tasmania to the world's technical community, with many delegates keen to take in Tasmania's famous food, wine and beautiful scenery during their stay.

"Previous years' conferences have seen up to 100 influential international and national speakers from major IT companies and projects, with submissions for the opportunity to speak at Australia's internationally renowned event growing every year," said Mr Powell.

The conference will also present the best of open source software with presentations, displays and hands-on demonstrations at the conference free public Open Day for the Tasmanian technical industry and general community.

"We expect to see a number of our own local speakers feature in the lineup, so this will be a great opportunity for our own IT community to really shine on the international stage," said Mr Powell., the National Linux Conference, will be held January 19-24 in Hobart at the University of Tasmania. More information about the paper submission process can be found at

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