It's good to be back home! I've just arrived back in Adelaide after a 2 week stint to Sydney.
The primary mission was of course Linux.conf.au (more about that later). Sydney was excellent fun and dispite the random attempts at raining the weather pulled through and I managed to get home with a tan.
Linux.conf.au conference kicked off on 17th January 2001. For those of you who didn't attend the conference, you deserve an eternity of regret - but I'm sure your feeling that anyway ;-)
Unofficialy, the conference kicked off on the 16th of Jan at the Coogee bay hotel where the speaker dinner was held. The dinner was great - there was a huge grill type thing where people get to cook their own food. There was an open tab at the bar. Yum.
LCA Day I - Wednesday 17th Jan 2001
Wednesday was the tutorial day, the CVS tute seemed very popular.
Evening action involved seeing a live Jazz band playing at Soup Plus. Can't recall the band name but I suspect that they were muppets in disguise. They had muppets writen all over them. They were excellent!
LCA Day II - Thursday 18th Jan 2001
Alan Cox told us about his secret mission. I'd tell you, but then i'd have to kill you...
In the evening there was the non TCP/IP networking session. Also known as a "booze-schmooze". I think the description speaks for it's self.
LCA Day III - Friday 19th Jan 2001
First up was Dave Millers key note. It was probably the most energetic talk of the conference. I bumped into Dave just before his talk and couldn't help but notice that he was holding 2 cans of V. 'nuff said.
Later in the afternoon was Rusty's talk. The introduction for Rusty's talk really set the pace... It began with a chant (read: cult) like clapping that gradualy sped up until Rusty silenced his supplicants with a swift motion of his hand. Rusty starts by saying "I once had a dream that started like this..."
In the evening was the conference dinner. Maddog gave a talk about Linux for Mom&Pop(tm). As usual maddog enlightened the audience - everything he says seems to ooze importance. If anyone got a recording of his talk (audio or video) please let me know.
After maddogs talk, conrad auctioned off a T-Shirt (signed by all the conference speakers). Initialy Maddog purchased it for ~$700, he then donated it back to the conference organisers for re-auctioning. It then sold to someone from TurboLinux.
I'm sorry to see that skud had such a bad time at the dinner.
LCA Day IV - Saturday 20th Jan 2001
To wrap up the conference Tridge gave a talk on hacking the TiVo, it was an awsome talk, is there anything Tridge can't do?
After seeing what Tridge could do to a TiVo we were all feeling a bit peckish so we did what any conference organisers would do - we ordered 200 pizzas! Yum.
Following this, there were "work in progress" presentations. I managed to see Wayne Piekarski's presentation on TINMITH - augmented reality for wearable computers (running on linux). His talk was very well recieved by the audience.
LCA BBQ - Sunday 21st Jan 2001
To wrap things up, Andrew Van Der Stock had a BBQ for the conference speakers. It was a great BBQ (he even catered for us vergitarians). The Coopers was gone before I got there but there was plenty of VB (there is even a rumour that there was left overs...) When I finaly mangaged to get to the BBQ (I got lost of course) Andrew was waiting with my (much anticipated) bottle of Finlandia. Yum