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  • LCA2015, call for bids

    Plans are coming along really well for 2014 in Perth. We're very much looking forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime it's time to start thinking about 2015.

    We have had a lot of expressions of interest already for bids so we aren’t going to do a formal call for EOI's but are instead doing our official call for 2015 bids! Don’t worry though, if you didn’t express your interest we’d still love to talk to you about how to put together your bid and have given you plenty of time to put one together.

    The timeline for this year is as follows:

  • Linux Australia needs your help!


    Linux Australia needs your help!

    Linux Australia is a community and volunteer-run organisation.

    We value open technology, community, freedom, respect and diversity. In addition to the dedicated volunteers who help run events there are many skilled people behind the scenes hacking on, improving and working with infrastructure and policies.

    We need your help.

    To maintain the robust presence and variety of activities in which Linux Australia has an involvement, we’re calling for volunteers.

    How does volunteering with Linux Australia help you?


    There are a number of benefits associated with being involved with Linux Australia.

    • You get to apply your skills to a new field, and grow your existing skill base. This can be of benefit if you’re looking to build experience to put on your resume, or if you’re getting a little bored at work. The Council and volunteers running Subcommittees often endorse volunteers through mechanisms such as LinkedIn, or provide referrals - so volunteering with Linux Australia can be a career building move.  

    • You get to meet and work with a variety of new people; don’t be surprised if over time many of those people become life-long friends. We’re not going to lie to you; in every organisation there are going to be people that you clash with, but we’ve worked hard over the past few years to set cultural norms that encourage positive interaction and collaboration.

    • You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve contributed to a community of over 3000 people in Australia passionate about Linux and Open Source.

    What opportunities are there to get involved?

    Membership database

    Parallel to the web team is our membership database (memberdb). memberdb is an open source project ( which needs some updating. Primarily we would love help from a PHP hacker who could assist in implementing three new features.

    1. Having memberships automatically expire.

    2. Renew memberships and executing member functions through hashed URL's.

    3. A way to bulk email/mailmerge to all of our members or a subset by status.

    If this sounds like something you're able to help with we'd love to have a chat.


    • The webteam is looking for new leadership. This involves helping manage and maintain our web services - primarily Drupal and Mediawiki. You would ensure that patches are applied and that the websites function as expected.

    • If you enjoy writing content and structuring webpages your help could be invaluable in ensuring our public websites are up to date. For example, we would appreciate help adding news articles, re-arranging menus appropriately and maintaining our historical pages.

    • We would also appreciate help from people skilled or wanting to become skilled in Google Analytics to help ensure that website content decisions are data driven.

    Media team

    A call for help has gone out previously for this committee. If you think you'd like to help be an editor on our newsletter, assist with PR or deal with other media related enquires please shoot an email to

    Admin and/or mirror team

    The admin team maintain all of our server and network infrastructure. If sysadmining is your thing and you have an evening a week or so to spare helping out please shoot or an email.

    Other assistance

    It is our members that do cool things so if you think you have a cool idea, event, hackfest etc that aligns with our values and would like to volunteer to help out in some way, please shoot an email to

    Happy hacking,

    Linux Australia Council

  • Council Meeting 09 May 2013

    Thu, 2013-05-09 19:50 - 21:05

    Council Minutes Thursday 09 May 2013


    Mr Joshua ‘El Presidente’ Hesketh, Mr Josh Stewart, Ms Kathy Reid, Mr Clinton Roy, Mr Hugh Blemings


    Mr Francois Marier, Ms Bianca Gibson

    Quorum was achieved

    Meeting opened at 1950hrs

    1. Confirm accuracy of previous minutes and note any omissions or errata

    MOVE that the minutes from 24 April are correct

    MOTION MOVED by El Presidente, SECONDED by Kathy, passed with one abstention (Clinton)

    2. Log of correspondence

  • 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

  • Council Meeting 24 April 2013

    Wed, 2013-04-24 19:45 - 21:00

    Council Minutes Wednesday 24th April

    For the purposes of clarity, Josh Hesketh is referred to in minutes as El Presidente. For the purposes of humour, Kathy Reid is referred to as Madame Secretary.

    Meeting opened 1945hrs

    Present: Mr Joshua Hesketh, Mr Hugh Blemings, Mr Francois Marier, Mr Josh Stewart, Ms Kathy Reid

    Apologies: Mr Clinton Roy, Ms Biance Gibson

    Quorum was achieved

    1. Confirm accuracy of previous minutes and note any omissions or errata

    MOVE that the minutes from 28th March are correct

    SECONDED by Madame Secretary, passed unanimously

  • Council Meeting 28 March 2013

    Thu, 2013-03-28 19:49 - 20:38

    Council Minutes Thursday 28th March 2013

    Present: Mr Joshua ‘El Presidente’ Hesketh, Mr Hugh Blemings, Mr Clinton Roy, Ms Bianca Gibson, Mr Josh Stewart, Ms Kathy Reid

    Prior apology: Mr Francois Marier

    Meeting opened 1949hrs

    1. Confirm accuracy of previous minutes and note any omissions or errata

    MOVE that the minutes from 14th March are correct

    MOVED by Joshua Hesketh, SECONDED by Clinton Roy, passed unanimously

    2. Log of correspondence