Linux Australia News, May 2011

Welcome to the Linux Australia News for May 2011. If you have any general news or update on a project you are working on that would be of general interest to the greater Linux Australia community then please send a quick email to and we will endeavour to include it in future updates.

News this month: Volunteering for Linux Australia, LCA2013, PyCon AU 2011, WordCamp Gold Coast, Drupal Downunder 2012, WordCamp Melbourne, Policy Work, Special General Meetings, Donations and Grants, Community News.

Volunteering for Linux Australia

We would like to form a media subcommittee of Linux Australia, to develop a relationship with the media so that Linux Australia is more visible and vocal on issues that are important to us, including issuing releases and responding to press enquiries If you would like to be on the media subcommittee, please email


Bidding for LCA2013 has closed. We received a bid from Canberra which will be assessed later in the year; details of their bid are available. Thank you Canberra!

PyCon AU 2011

Tim Ansell writes:

After a week extension the PyCon AU 2011 call for papers closed last week. Many excellent papers where received are now being reviewed, we will definitely have a stellar line up!

The first two PyCon AU keynote speakers have been announced. Raymond Hettinger a core Python developer and the driving force behind many new language features (such as set objects, the collections and itertools modules, and generator expressions!) and Mary Gardiner a PhD candidate at Macquarie University whose main interest is computational linguistics. Another keynote speaker is yet to come, so stay tuned!

A great lineup of sponsors have also been announced including Gold sponsors Google, Microsoft and ComOps! More information about all our sponsors can be found at Sponsors help make PyCon AU affordable for everyone, so we welcome their support.

WordCamp Gold Coast

Council approved a proposal for a sub-committee to organise the WordCamp Gold Coast conference on the first weekend of November this year and will support WordCamp Gold Coast with financial infrastructure and insurance.

The sub-committee membership is Brent Shepherd, Dion Hulse, Bronson Quick and Lachlan MacPherson.

Drupal Downunder 2012

Peter Lieverdink writes:

Drupal Downunder 2012 has confirmed its venue and is proud to be able to announce its first sponsors. PreviousNext (Platinum) and Google (Silver). Work on the website is coming along nicely and the team are working toward opening the call for papers next month.

WordCamp Melbourne

WordCamp Melbourne posted a wrap-up report for their successful event. Linux Australia treasurer Josh Hesketh also posted a complete profit and loss statement.

Policy Work

Mike Carden led discussion of a Values statement for Linux Australia. This values statement was accepted by Council on 12th May. The statement is not a binding policy on members, it is intended rather as a guide to Linux Australia’s decision-making.

Capturing something as individual and important as values in a shared way was ambitious, but we are pleased that as a community we have enough in common to articulate some shared principles. Thanks to everyone for their contributions and ideas.

Especial thanks to Elspeth Thorne for doing the first work on the values statement in 2010 and to Mike for the 2011 drafts and leading the discussion.

The sub-committees policy and the expenses policy were approved by the Council on 31st March and are now in effect. Remaining policies to be discussed with the community over coming months are:

  • Donations, Grants, Financials
  • Diversity
  • Anti-harassment
  • Lists / planet

Special General Meetings

Two Special General Meetings of Linux Australia are planned for the next few months.

The first SGM will be held in June and the 2010 Treasurer’s report and the auditor’s report on the 2010 accounts will be presented for approval at this meeting. This SGM will be held online.

Following discussion of constitutional changes on the mailing list, Council intends to announce an in-person SGM to present and vote on these changes. This SGM will be held in July 2011, members will be notified when the date, venue and agenda are finalised. We are arranging remote viewing and online voting during the meeting will be possible: members who cannot vote at that time will be able to vote by proxy.

Donations and Grants

  1. BarCamp Gold Coast’s request for $200 was accepted but Steve Dalton later elected not to accept this grant, having found alternative sources of funding.
  2. Linux Australia will host secondary DNS for Linux Users Victoria and extends this offer to other user groups if needed.
  3. A sponsorship request for PHPConAu is still under discussion by Council.

Community News

The Open Source Developers Conference will be held at Australian National University, Canberra, in the week starting 14 November 2011.

At the end of March the Sydney Linux Users Group passed a motion to wind up their incorporated association and request to become a sub-committee under Linux Australia Council. This process hasn’t started yet however, and SLUG remains a separate entity for now. See the proposed motions and the EGM minutes.

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