Writings on technology and society from Wellington, New Zealand

Friday, January 22, 2010

Penguins in Wellington

I’ve just finished attending Linux.Conf.Au 2010, the southern hemisphere Linux conference, here in Wellington. I really enjoyed myself, talked to some fantastic people and learned a lot. Nice.

There were some highlights: listening to the people who have built New Zealand’s free software high school, Albany Senior High. Linux desktops and servers. A great saving for the taxpayer and more money left for educating the kids. Some very committed people showing the way.

Glyn Moody, a UK journalist and activist, talked about how a culture of sharing underlies science, technology and the arts. He’s a fascinating person and I was delighted to be able meet him. He also put my points about ACTA rather more eloquently than I could in my own presentation.

Jeremy Allison and Andrew Tridgell, the men behind Samba (the program which lets Linux servers talk to Windows desktops) both were there and did their own presentations. Andrew talked about teaching the community development model used by Free Software at university; Jeremy recounted some of his experiences in fighting for open standards and made some predictions.

As for the penguin? Tux is the Linux mascot. He was there as well.

All the presentations were captured on video. They’ll be available on the conference website soon.

I was really impressed by the efforts of the organizers. A bunch of volunteers put together an experience that was the equal of many professionally-organized events I’ve been to.

And it was a blast.

posted by colin at 7:24 pm  


  1. Thanks for that … still “grrr” for missing the conference but now I can sit back and learn.

    New Zealand Ministry of Education (MoE) – did youy see that first highlight??? WTF are you doing to share it and SAVE US MONEY????

    Comment by Mike Riversdale — 22 January 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  2. For those who missed the conference, I believe they have said they will be providing video downloads in a few days.

    Comment by Lawrence D'Oliveiro — 26 January 2010 @ 12:50 pm

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