2012 Nominations

Andrew Tridgell

  • Aside from well known and documented contributions to open source, 'Samba' and 'rsync' – I'd also like to thank Tridge for his indirect contribution towards the development of 'git'. Perhaps his effort of reverse engineering BitKeeper to produce a compatible open source client, provided just the right motivation for the development of git.
  • Tridge has already been nominated a couple of times, but no one has brought up his additional global contributions in being involved as an advisor in the 2004 European Commission anti-trust decision and the formation of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation. http://www.zdnet.com.au/samba-eu-made-microsoft-talk-again-339286654.htm http://www.samba.org/samba/PFIF/ This is a global contribution, but it affects AU/NZ devs as much as anyone.
  • Tridge has contributed enormously to the Free Software / Open Source software commons. Most visible, arguably, is Samba, but this forgets rsync, tdb and myriad more modest/invisible but none the less "you'd miss them" works. While his direct technical contribution is formidable, perhaps unequalled among any Australian FOSS developer, we must also acknowledge his passion for teaching others and being able to do so in an engaging and thought provoking way. A regular contributor to linux.conf.au (perhaps has presented at all of them ?) he is so well known and respected in the community that he perhaps needs no further introduction :)

Donna Benjamin

  • Donna works tirelessly for the Linux and Open Source communities within Australia. She has been a director of OSIA, president of LUV, ran LCA 2008, and is regularly involved in the Victorian ICT teach association events to encourage the adoption of open source in schools. She has been heavily involved in efforts to increase the numbers of women involved in Open Source and to improve understanding and reduction of barriers that prevent the inclusion of minorities. Much of the work Donna does is behind the scenes, and she deserves recognition for her impressive contributions.
  • Tireless organising (parts of) numerous OSS conferences, and introducing OSS into others like the Victorian ICT Teachers confs. OSIA activities Excellent work on the neat&short Code of Conduct.
  • Constructive, aspirational, practical, engaged, committed, funny, consistent, great role model.
  • Donna has a long standing commitment to the free and open source software community. Evidence of her long standing participation and contribution include spearheading Software Freedom Day, and putting in place measures to help keep it going. She also dedicated herself to LCA Melbourne 2008 and more recently to Drupal Downunder. She initiated LUV Beginners', which has acted as a feeder channel to LUV, and has helped to build networks and outreach with the State Library and education groups.

Mary Gardiner

  • Mary has been active in the Australian Linux community for over a decade. At various times she's run AussieChix (recently expanded into OWOOT, the Oceania Women Of Open Technology group), organised the LinuxChix/Haecksen miniconfs at LCA, served on numerous organising and papers committees for open source conferences, and been an invited speaker at conferences including PyCon Australia. I respect Mary enormously, and have always been impressed with the professionalism and dedication with which she has worked to make the open source community more welcoming and supportive, and thus to grow the community overall. In 2011 she co-founded the Ada Initiative, to support and promote women in open technology and culture. The Ada Initiative has provided support/consulting to numerous Australian events who wish to increase the gender diversity of their attendees and speakers. In January 2011, LCA used an anti-harassment policy based on the Ada Initiative's guidelines and with Mary's close involvement. This policy came into use when a keynote speaker presented a talk with inappropriate sexualised content. The conference and the speaker apologised, and the issue was resolved promptly and successfully -- a notable achievement in a field where such incidents are seldom well addressed.
  • I don't think Mary needs any introduction to the Australian FOSS community, her work for Linux Australia and the Ada Initiative are more than enough IMO.
  • Mary Gardiner is a leading advocate for women in open source, in Australia and overseas.
  • All the reasons that are already listed.
  • Mary has tirelessly worked for open source while simultaneously avoiding public recognition for the most part. Mary was chair or co-chair for the linux.conf.au program committee for 4 years running, including the year she couldn't attend the conference herself because she was expecting the birth of her son. She has regularly taken on the most unrewarding, painful, and necessary tasks as part of her years of service on the Linux Australia council. Mary's service stretches back to at least 2002, when she was part of the Sydney LUG committee. She founded or co-founded several women in open source groups, including Aussiechix in 2007, OWOOT in 2011, and the Ada Initiative in 2011, and was a major volunteer for LinuxChix for many years. Mary has served long and effectively, and yet relatively few people know her name or are aware of how much open source owes to her, both in and out of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania.
  • For her work supporting and encouraging women in open technology, both as an open source community member and contributor, and through her work with the Ada Initiative.
  • Ada Initiative
  • For stepping up and tackling the issue of the under representation of women in open technology and culture by forming the Ada Initiative with Valerie Aurora

Sam Varghese

  • Over the years, Sam has consistently provided extensive media coverage for linux.conf.au, giving our community and events exposure that is otherwise hard to obtain. He features and acknowledges the work of the volunteers organising these events for everyone.

Steve Walsh

  • Steve has been an integral part of the Linux Australia community for many years now. Thanks to his work, the linux.conf.au domain has been grandfathered, making it available for the conference for many years to come and I'd go so far as to say that his work on the LCA network has continually set the bar higher and higher. Outside of the Linux Australia community he has worked for many years with the Canberra Linux User Group.
  • Steve deserves recognition for his sysadmin and networking work over a period of many years in support of linux.conf.au. As the "other half" of the networking team in 2009, I saw Steve's dedication to the job first hand. There's no question that without him there things wouldn't have run as smoothly, and we'd have been much less ambitious in what we tried to achieve. With Steve's help and expertise we managed to provide a single conference network spanning multiple sites, multiple communications technologies, and on an infrastructure layer consisting of equipment owned and managed by at least four separate organisations. Being a sysadmin is often a thankless and demanding job, but Steve comes back year after year to make sure that LCA maintains its reputation as a conference with a world class conference network. Yours, John Dalton

Arjen Lentz

  • Back in 2008 Arjen Lentz gave a lightning talk at the Open Source Developers conference asking how many people had dealt with (or were dealing with) depression. That very same day, after unearthing the scale of this silent problem, he founded bluehackers.org At every major open source event since, Arjen has made a quiet and concerted effort to raise awareness, and encourage others to acknowledge the issue. As the website states: "The objective of this initiative is to make visible that there are many fellow geeks among us who are intimately familiar with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. It helps to know you’re not alone. And it’s not because we’re geeks, but because we’re human."

Brenda Wallace

  • Untiring involvement and advocacy work. She codes, she organises and she preaches. Contributions as long as your arm: http://www.ohloh.net/people?q=brenda+wallace She is also a strong role model for women in IT, having run Girlgeekdinners in Wellington and generally been good at highlighting some of the issues and biases women face in our community.

Brendan Scott

  • One of our own and very active specialised OSS lawyers. Numerous detailed submissions for govt, on new copyright act, US FTA, and other topics. Answering point for many questions from govts at all levels and other organisations. Long-term OSIA director and chairman.

Chris Neugebauer

  • 1) For assisting so well in making lca2011 & previous conferences work smoothly. 2) For consistently representing the Australian FOSS community in a creative, innovative & positive light.

John Ferlito

  • Quietly and persistently John has been working to improve the situation for FOSS using businesses wanting to interact electronically with the ATO. His commitment and involvement directly led to the ATO supporting linux with AusKey.

Jonathan Corbet

  • His longstanding coverage of events and issues dear to the community's hearts has been invaluable, but in particular his worldly and awareness of non-US issues has been underrecognised. The Australian Free Software community would be less without his coverage of events like linux.conf.au, for example.

Kathy Reid

  • Kathy has been awesome in assisting with events such various Software Freedom Day events. As well as this she organised Barcamp Geelong was held in Geelong in July this year (2011). She has always been very enthusiatic about open source and I feel is a worthy nominee for the 2012 Rusty Wrench award.
  • For being the long time powerhouse behind successful Software Freedom Day and Barcamp events in Victoria. Kathy's excellent documentation skills, attention to detail and commitment to ongoing quality improvement processes have been a critical factor in our success.

Neil Brown

  • As the maintainer of the Linux subsystem that provides software RAID services. I nominate Neil for his personal contributions to the development of this subsystem, as well as his tireless support of patch contributors and especially direct support of end-users. He's an inspiration and worthy role model.

Peter Lieverdink

  • Peter's long standing hard work in a variety of roles has gone largely unrecognised. As the secretary of LA, he has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to provide administrative support. He has been instrumental in supporting Software Freedom Day and has assisted greatly in his capacity as LCA Ghost.

Sridhar Dhanapalan

  • I would like to nominate Sridhar Dhanapalan for the Rusty Wrench. Sridhar has been a past committee member of Linux Australia and a past committee member and president of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG). He remains an active current member of SLUG, participating in e-mail group discussions and at SLUG meetings. He is also an active and enthusiastic presenter at SLUG meeting and actively works to support and develop participation in the LUG. Involved in FOSS for more than fourteen years and having been a community member with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Australia project, Sridhar eventually became CTO OLPC Australia two years ago. His current position involves working towards developing a quality of access and competency for the more than 300, 000 primary school children who live in remote areas of Australia. This has included not only organising and arranging professional assistance and online training for teaching staff, but on-site development and installation. Sridhar has given talks on the aims and progress of the OLPC project to a great variety of audiences and has spoken at CeBIT and particpated in and coordinated the OLPC and SLUG presence at Sydney Education Expos. Additionally Sridhar has run training and given talks at various events such as Software Freedom Day, Document Freedom Day and Linux.conf.au amongst others, is a current admin­is­trator of the Ubuntu Eng­lish (United King­dom) Trans­lat­ors team, founder (and principal documentation writer) of the Ubuntu Eng­lish Trans­la­tion initiative, a member of Sugar Labs and the Ubuntu Australia team. Combined with his active involvement and participation, Sridhar has a very clear understanding of the principals of FOSS, the utility of the FOSS approach and the value of this approach in providing equity of access to, use and ownership of software. Sridhar's committment to the principles of FOSS is evident in the content of his presentations, his work within the community and his approach to community development and support. His grasp of the ethical considerations of FOSS makes Sridhar a positive, focused and constructive proponent of FOSS and someone who represents the principles which best represent the FOSS community at a local, national and international level. More information can be obtained at: http://www.dhanapalan.com/blog/about/ https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SridharDhanapalan
  • Sridhar has been active in the FOSS community for nearly fifteen years, and has accomplishments in bringing the value of FOSS to business, education and normal users. Sridhar has been the CTO at One Laptop per Child Australia for the past two years, and has been an OLPC community member for longer. This tough mission involves using FOSS to 'close the gap' and bring a sustainable educational programme to the >300,000 primary-school children living in remote Australia. As a section of the population that unfortunately is often forgotten about, his work here may not be very noticeable to the average city-dweller. However, it has already made a big difference for thousands of children. Through the power of open code and open community, it is impacting literally millions of children globally. His work (with the OLPC Australia team) has been recognised as a model for all OLPC deployments around the world to follow: http://www.olpcnews.com/countries/australia/olpc_australia_is_the_countrys_toughest_linux_deployment.html Sridhar served on the Linux Australia Council for one year, and the SLUG Committee for three (two years as President). He's led events on behalf of LA, including at CeBIT and the Education Expo, and has served as a volunteer and speaker at linux.conf.au. He wrote LA's Introduction to Linux, Free Software and Open Source (linux.org.au/linux), including the Education section (linux.org.au/education). He's also been involved with OSIA, including assisting with their stand at CeBIT. In the business sphere, Sridhar has been able to realise the potential of FOSS in fields such as business intelligence, networking and telecommunications, often against strong competition from proprietary technologies. Sridhar's achievements are many, but they've been pretty well summarised online: http://www.dhanapalan.com/blog/about/ https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SridharDhanapalan

Steve Dalton

  • Chief un-organiser of almost all BarCamp Queensland (Brisbane) and Gold Coast Events. Starter of Techspace Goldcoast (hackerspace). Podcaster ("coding by numbers"). Several OSS meetups Promoting further OSS use at Suncorp bank. All-round good active guy.