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Posted by Cheeseness on 2013/1/29 17:18:16 (338 reads)

A quick (and late :D ) reminder that the Linux Australia elections are underway until midnight tonight.

You can find a list of candidates here.

Amongst those running are local Tasmanians Josh Hesketh (running for president) and Chris Neugebauer (running for council member).

Membership is free and required for voting.

Best of luck to Josh and Chris!

Posted by Marina on 2012/11/23 12:18:44 (331 reads)

In an effort to get more women involved in FOSS, a number of organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships from January 2 to April 2, 2013. The application deadline is December 3, 2012. The applicants need to get in touch with individual projects they are interested in working on and make a small contribution ahead of the application deadline. The participating organizations are:

* Deltacloud - abstraction layer for the differences between the cloud providers
* Fedora - GNU/Linux-based operating system
* GNOME - GNU/Linux-based desktop environment and applications
* JBoss - Java-based application server and related projects
* Mozilla - software that promotes the goals of the Open Web
* Open Technology Institute - democratized network infrastructure for universal access
* OpenITP - support for developers who build circumvention technology
* OpenStack - cloud deployment and management software
* Tor - anonymizing proxy network
* Wikimedia - wiki software and infrastructure for Wikipedia and related projects

Participants will work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their projectís team and the rest of the FOSS community. The projects include software development, system administration, web development, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, and marketing. The stipend for the program is $5,000 (USD). Any woman available for a full time internship who has not previously participated in the Outreach Program for Women or Google Summer of Code is welcome to apply. College women from the Southern Hemisphere who will have a school summer break during most of this time are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please visit [url="https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen]https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen[/url] to learn more and apply. This program is organized by the GNOME Foundation. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message to interested university and community groups.

The mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the internship program.

Posted by chrisjrn on 2012/4/30 11:58:08 (499 reads)

tl;dr: PyCon Australia early bird registrations are now open! Find out more at http://2012.pycon-au.org/register/prices, including details of our accommodation programme.

PyCon Australia is excited to announce that early bird conference registrations are now available for our 2012 conference, to be held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August in Hobart, Tasmania. Early bird registration will be extended to the first 60 confirmed conference registrations, or until Friday 1 June, whichever comes first.

PyCon Australia is the national conference for students, enthusiasts and professionals working with the Python programming language; it represents a unique opportunity for Python developers to meet fellow developers, and gain knowledge from experts and core Python developers from around Australia and the world. Securing your registration during the early bird period ensures your place at all of the events that PyCon Australia has to offer.

Early bird registration comes with a substantial discount for tickets at our "Enthusiast" and "Professional" rates. Early bird tickets at both the "Enthusiast" and "Professional" level are guaranteed a seat at our conference dinner. All tickets include access to the CodeWars event on Friday 17 August, and the post-conference sprints on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August.

Early bird registration starts at $44 for full-time students; $168 for enthusiasts and $420 for professionals.

PyCon Australia has been working closely with our venue to provide a great conference experience; we're very pleased to be able to offer accommodation to delegates for the duration of the conference. We've secured an allocation of rooms within the Wrest Point complex, many of which are in the same building as the conference venue. Rooms available to delegates start at $124 per night; rooms inside the conference building start at $146 per night.

Information on conference registration, including details on how to book delegate accommodation through our preferred provider can be found at the PyCon Australia website ( http://2012.pycon-au.org ).

Our conference Call for Proposals is still open, and will close on Friday 4 May.

We can't wait to see you in Hobart in August!

About PyCon Australia

PyCon Australia is the national conference for the Python Programming Community. The third PyCon Australia will be held on August 18 and 19, 2012 in Hobart, Tasmania, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers with a love for developing with Python. PyCon Australia informs the countryís Python developers with presentations, tutorials and panel sessions by experts and core developers of Python, as well as the libraries and frameworks that they rely on.

To find out more about PyCon Australia 2012, visit our website at http://pycon-au.org or e-mail us at contact@pycon-au.org.

PyCon Australia is presented by Linux Australia ( http://www.linux.org.au ) and acknowledges the support of our Gold sponsor, Google Australia ( www.google.com.au ).

Posted by Cheeseness on 2011/12/16 14:54:16 (585 reads)

I haven't really posted Humble Bundle news here before, but since the current bundle has more first-time-on-Linux games than ever before, I thought it'd be worth a mention.

For anybody who doesn't know, the Humble Bundle promotions package together independently developed games for Linux, MacOS and Windows, all DRM-free, and sell them under a pay-what-you-want model, with a customisable portion of payments going to charities.

To date, these bundles have helped promote 37 native Linux games (many of which have been developed for the bundle they were featured in), and have challenged a lot of assumptions about whether or not Linux users are willing to pay for commercial software. With Linux users traditionally paying more on average than any other platform, and contributing a roughly equal share of combined revenue compared to MacOS users.

In addition to encouraging the development of native Linux games, most of the bundles have also been accompanied by the open sourcing of an existing game or engine.

If you care about platform equality or the promotion of Linux, take a look at what these guys are doing. You can pay whatever you want (as little as one cent), but think about where your money goes and what it means.

The games featured in the current bundle (which has just passed US$1.3M and will be available for the next 11 days) are NightSky (a 2D physics puzzle platformer), Shank (a 2D beat-em-up), Super Meat Boy (a tricky 3D side scrolling platformer), Bit.Trip Runner (a "retro-styled music-platformer") and Jamestown (a top scrolling arcade shooter). If you pay more than the average purchase price, you also get Cave Story+ (a revamped version of a popular free platformer), and Gratuitous Space Battles (a turn based-ish sci-fi strategy).

Humble Bundle Website

Update: I've just been given the goahead to publish some statistics that expand upon and compare the stats currently available via the Humble Bundle website. For anybody who's interested, the URL is below.

The Humble Visualisations

Posted by Cheeseness on 2011/11/29 16:17:20 (398 reads)

Christian McGee from UTas attended the Open Source Developers Conference in Canberra earlier this month and will be giving a talk about the sessions he attended as well as the knowledge and experiences he gained.

This talk will be presented at the University's Newnham Campus in Launceston and video conferenced to the Sandy Bay Campus in Hobart.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday 2nd December

Launceston (map)
V173, CIS Building, Newnham UTas Campus

Hobart (map)
473, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay UTas Campus


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