Forwarding on behalf of the linux.conf.au team as there may be people in
South Western Victoria who could benefit from this programme.
Regional Delegates' Programme
Posted on December 18, 2012
Good news from Linux Australia for regional delegates!
Linux Australia is restarting the Regional Delegates Program from
previous years. These grants aim to reduce the financial barriers to
attending linux.conf.au 2013, by subsidising the registration and
travel costs of contributors to the FOSS community who are students,
on a low income, and others who would otherwise have difficulty
affording the cost of attending the conference.
How do I apply?
Our priority will be to maximise the number of attendees we can
assist. Consideration will be given to grant requests from outside
Australia and New Zealand; however, due to the larger costs, we
would have to balance each such application against the number of
local delegates we could otherwise support.
Delegates who need to be accompanied by a guardian or caregiver
(e.g, minors or persons with special needs) should include these
details in their grant request. Minors should include contact
details for their parent or guardian and have them sign the application.
Your application should:
* Provide background information about your contribution to or
involvement with the open source community
* Explain what you hope to learn from the conference.
* Show financial circumstances which would otherwise prevent you
from attending the conference.
* Provide details of what assistance you would require in order to
attend. This doesn't need to be a detailed list -- "Flights
to/from $HOMETOWN + accommodation" would be sufficient.
* Be in OpenDocument format, plain text, HTML or PDF.
Applicants will be selected on the following criteria:
* Participation in FOSS projects -- art, hardware, software,
* Reason for attending linux.conf.au
* Area of study
* Voluntary or paid work in IT
* Future plans/projects in mind
* Membership of FOSS related groups eg. a LUG, Linux Australia,
LinuxChix, a Hackerspace, Wikipedia, OWOOT etc.
Email your application to RDP(a)lca2013.linux.org.au.
@KathyReid on Twitter/Identi.ca/IRC etc
0418 130 636
Hope your Christmas season isn't too busy...
LINUX AUSTRALIA AGM, NAME CHANGE, ELECTIONS, RUSTY WRENCH NOMINATIONS
Just forwarding on some information from the linux-aus mailing list (via
Josh Hesketh) that may be of interest to Geelong Linux enthusiasts.
Linux Australia is seeking community views on a name change. Also,
notification here of AGM and Linux Australia Council elections. Also,
nominations are open for the Rusty Wrench award for community
contributions to open source.
NEXT GEELONG MEET
Thanks to Campbell for spurring discussion on our next Geelong meetup.
How about we aim to make it the third Thursday of the month? Which would
be Thursday 21 Feb (a lot of people are away in January).
Is there a tutorial anyone would like to demonstrate / provide?
NEXT LINUX USERS VICTORIA MEET
Has not been posted on their website yet (http://luv.asn.au) however
Daniel informs me that there is a BBQ planned for January, and that all
Geelong Linux and opensource enthusiasts are invited. LUV are also after
a new server, if you might have appropriate hardware, please see
Best wishes for Christmas and the new year,
In this email:
* Linux Australia AGM
* 2013 Council Election
* Linux Australia Name Change Vote
* 2013 Rusty Wrench Award
All of these are important, so please read this email carefully.
== Linux Australia AGM ==
This is the official notification that the Linux Australia Annual General Meeting will be held in the week of January 28 - February 1 2013 at linux.conf.au 2013 in Canberra.
We are yet to confirm the actual date, time and room and you will receive a more detailed notification once we have.
== 2013 Council Election ==
Nominations for the council election are open athttps://www.linux.org.au/membership/index.php?page=view-election&id=19 - all current members are able to nominate and be nominated.
The election timeline is as follows:
Nominations: 13/12/2012 00:00 - 16/01/2013 00:00
Voting: 16/01/2013 00:00 - 30/01/2013 00:00
The results will be announced at the Linux Australia AGM.
== Linux Australia Name Change Vote ==
Because you?ve all proposed a very large amount of possible new names for Linux Australia, we need a way to shorten that list somewhat.
Before we can put the suggested new name(s) to a final vote, we need to verify through the NSW Department of Fair Trading that the name is available and that we?re allowed to register it. Additionally, we need to be able to get the associated domain name(s). Since we?re only legally allowed to request three names to be reserved, the long list needs to first be whittled down to three.
We will do this in an online vote using our website.
The vote will allow you to rank all suggested names in your order of preference. You do not need to rank proposed names that you don?t want to support and you are able to vote for ?Leave Linux Australia's name unchanged?, which is the final option in the list.
All current members are able to participate in this vote.
Once this first vote is done, if the winner is not ?Leave Linux Australia's name unchanged?, the council will attempt to reserve the top three names with the NSW Department of Fair Trading. We will then hold a second run-off vote between these top three names. This second vote will once again be optional preferential, meaning you can rank none, some or all of the suggested names in your order of preference. ?Leave Linux Australia's name unchanged? will once again be an option.
If the result of the second vote is to change our name, the council will contact the NSW Department of Fair Trading and register the winning name as a Registered Business Name. We will then call a Special General Meeting to officially change the name of Linux Australia.
It is a legal requirement that a minimum of 75% of voters need to vote in favour of a name change at the SGM in order for the motion to pass.
Vote 1 of 3 is open now athttps://www.linux.org.au/membership/index.php?page=view-election&id=18
This first vote will remain open for two weeks until midnight (AEST) on December 27, 2012.
== Rusty Wrench Award ==
Nominations for the Rusty Wrench Award (to be awarded at LCA2013) are now open.
If you know of someone who deserves to be recognised for their efforts in helping our free and open source software community, please nominate them athttp://linux.org.au/vote/rusty-wrench-nomination-form
Submissions close on December 27.
@KathyReid on Twitter/Identi.ca/IRC etc
0418 130 636
> (Posting on behalf of Craig Hill in the ICT Geelong group)
> The Greater Geelong Industry Fund (GGIF) is a Victorian Government
> initiative to support new investment that will generate sustainable new
> jobs in the Geelong region.
> Grants of up to $250,000 are available to attract new industry to the
> region and support existing industry to transition into new growth
> All grants must be matched by a minimum co-contribution of $2 for every $1
Sounds like a golden opportunity to set up a Linux IT Cooperative :)
.. and yes, I would be prepared to contribute and become involved in this.
All the best,
Lev Lafayette, mobile: 0432 255 208
Just a note of many thanks to our speakers Russell and Daniel for their
efforts tonight, and for travelling so far to be with us. I'm sure you'll
all agree it was a valuable and worthwhile session, and the general
sentiment of the night was that we're keen to run more in the future.
Just as a recap if you couldn't join us (poor George got vlined and
metro'd :( ), Russell provided a very interesting overview of ZFS and
BTRFS as alternative file systems, and Daniel went through a number of
barriers to open source adoption in education, which sparked a group
discussion on Microsoft licensing practices and how they are designed to
limit FOSS adoption.
Andrew Van Slageren rounded off the night with a show and tell of his
Melbourne Wireless hardware, including a Nano bridge and Mikrotik router.
Thanks all for your assistance in packing/cleaning up - very much
Again, it was fantastic to meet everyone face to face, and very much
looking forward to future catchups.
Harley mentioned OSDC on Thursday night - here are the details:
Open Source Developers Conference
Sydney 4th-7th December (this week)
Follow #osdc12 on Twitter/Identi.ca if you can't make it :-)