The group formerly known as AussieChix (Australian chapter of
LinuxChix) has renamed and rescoped itself and is launching as OWOOT.
If you are a geek girl or woman with an open tech bent, please feel
free to join, or pass the word on to other folks who might be
Subject: Oceania Women of Open Tech launches
Oceania Women of Open Tech (OWOOT) is a new group for women in open technology
in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It has recently formed from
the local chapters of LinuxChix, but with a wider scope focussing on open
OWOOT welcomes all women interested in open technology, including open source,
open hardware, open data and free culture. OWOOT activities will include:
- the Haecksen miniconference at linux.conf.au, and meetups and events at
- periodic local social events
- email and IRC forums where you can meet other women from the area who work
with, build or use open technology
OWOOT forums are open to men to join if they wish, as long as they keep in mind
that the purpose of the group is supporting women in open tech and allowing
them to meet each other.
Find out more about OWOOT at our website: http://owoot.org/
Join the OWOOT email list and chat channel: http://owoot.org/Join
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
Dear Linux users,
Firstly, Sheila has asked me to apologise because, due to interruptions, she
is still working on an article about the FOSS and GNU Linux Open Day in
Victoria, As I am writing, Sheila is working feverishly on that article and
says it should be published soon on http://candobetter.net .
My existing hardware configuration and/or the Linux distributions I have
tried to install have got the better of me. See APPENDIX 1. For this
reason and because I want a PC with sufficient grunt to be able to run a
java application (which will run the order of 100-200 or more threads (
It seems that a 64 bit processor will be needed as a 32 bit processor cannot
address more than 4 Gig of memory (see
I intend to go to a hardware dealer (possibly MSY in Cheltenham tomorrow) so
i need advice as to what will be a hardware configuration that:
1. has sufficient power to run the multi-threaded Java application mentioned
2. will mostly allow at least one Linux distribution to be installed and
quickly without causing me anywhere the number of problems I have faced for
at least the last two weeks (see APPENDIX 1).
I would also be interested in what Linux Distribution others would
recommend. I have had serious problems with Debian and Saboyan and have
found Linux Mint and Ubuntu wanting (see APPENDIX 1). With the latter I two,
I simply could not get the Apache server to log its rewriting of URLs with
the Rewrite module.
If you aren't able to help with an e-mail before 10.30AM tommorow, could you
please consider texting me on 0412 319669 so I can ring you back and get
advice from you after I have left home?
APPENDIX 1 : Problems I experienced trying to create a Linux installation on
which I could develop an test Drupal web-site
It seems as if I won't be able to install the Linux configuration I need to
update and test the Drupal content-managed site I help administer (
http://candobetter.net) I just could not get Apache to write logs of its
rewriting of URLs on either my Ubuntu or Linux Mint distributions and have
not yet got the advice I need from a Linuxquestions forum (
I tried installing Debian Linux, then Samboyan Linux. Debian just may have
worked but it came with almost no Apache configuration files. I would have
had to write everything myself or copy them from elsewhere, So I tried to
install Samboyan Linux. Samboyan promised to work "out of the box" but after
it spent many hours downloading over 1 Gig of files, most programs failed to
work. Some programs simply failed to appear after I selected them from the
menu, I wish I had persevered with Debian.
What subsequently bothered me about Debian was that when I told it to
re-boot it simply re-booted straight back to Debian! it somehow skipped over
both BIOS and the Boot sector boot menu. I could only see BIOS or the boot
sector meu if I hit the reset button.
What had it done to BIOS and the boot sector to make that happen? It seems
that Linux Mint also tampers with the boot sector making some earlier Linux
I found that the Linux distributions I used were unable to cope with my
having two hard disk drives. They created boot sectors which contradicted
each other on both Hard disks. Also, confusingly more than one Linux
distribution was written to the same partition. One partition seemed to have
the exact same Linux distribution written to it twice.
Just a brief courtesy note to advise that Volunteer Registrations for
linux.conf.au 2012 - LCA Under the Stars Ballarat 16-20th Jan 2012 - are
Please see the info at;
for more information.
Volunteer opportunities would ideally suit enthusiastic people from
Ballarat and surrounding areas.
Questions can be directed to volunteers(a)lcaunderthestars.org.au
@linuxconfau on Twitter, Identi.ca
Dear Linux users,
(Firstly, thanks to those who responded to my email with the subject "help
urgently needed tomorrow when I buy new hardware". I have been too busy to
respond, but will shortly.)
Sheila would like to interview a woman from the open source community on the
3RPP feminist show Freewaves which is broadcast live this Thursday at
12:00PM. (Please don't look at the 3RPP schedule at
http://www.3rpp.com.au/schedule hoping to find it. It's maintained by
volunteers and is out of date.) Ideally the interviewee would also be from
around the Mornington Peninsula.
So, if you would like to talk on radio about open source software and women
with Sheila this Thursday please contact her by dialing 97835047 or by
e-mailing Sheila Newman <astridnova(a)gmail.com> .
As most of you would likely be aware, earlybird registrations are
currently open for linux.conf.au <http://linux.conf.au/> 2012 . As this
is Australia's largest FOSS conference, it would be great if you're all
able to make mention of the registrations at you next local LUG meeting
and help make the 2012 event as amazing as those preceding it. Earlybird
prices will remain available until the end of October, just 2 weeks
away, or until sold out.
Full details are, of course, available at http://linux.conf.au
<http://linux.conf.au/> or we can be contacted at
info(a)lcaunderthestars.org.au <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in
case anyone has any specific questions.
- Josh Stewart
linux.conf.au <http://linux.conf.au> 2012 - Ballarat 16- 20 Jan
i've got a VM on a citrix xenserver 5.0.0 machine that won't start. it
was running find until it was rebooted on Fri afternoon.
starting it from the (windows-only) xencenter GUI results in:
"This VM cannot be started, as its network interfaces could not be
connected. One of the NICs is in use elsewhere."
starting it from the command line results in:
# xe vm-start uuid=88915b63-d794-e021-4f78-b03f46e352b0
Cannot plug VIF
anyone seen this before? know how to fix?
i've tried deleting and re-creating the network interface for the VM.
i've tried booting the VM without any network interface at all. i've
tried "xe vif-unplug --force uuid=5dfd3886-8b48-20e5-4231-30284d7b185d"
(doesn't work, expects the VM to be running, not halted). in fact, i've
lost track of all the things i've tried doing that haven't worked.
I haven't rebooted the xen server and *really* don't want to have to do
that. I'd rather create a new VM and copy the OS (debian, fortunately
so relatively easy to do) than reboot the server.
ps: I've found this via google, which looks like the same problem.
the answer given by J Cannon at the bottom is flat out wrong.
craig sanders <cas(a)taz.net.au>
BOFH excuse #32:
Forwarding on behalf of ICT Geelong - this may be of benefit to those
involved in technology startups, R&D etc.
*Tech experts and global entrepreneurs assemble for Forum
ICT Geelong (the Geelong Region ICT Cluster) has again successfully
secured the services of a number of international experts to address the
business community on technology and entrepreneurship.
Industry leaders from the University of California (Berkeley),
RedBalloon.com.au, Melbourne Angels and the CSIRO-Australian Institute
of Sport will present at the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum in
Geelong on 28th October. The day will be capped-off with the finalists
of The $50,000 I.T. Invention Test presenting their I.T. pitches to an
expert judging panel and the audience. The Invention Test is a
competition aimed at helping innovators and entrepreneurs across
Australia commercialise ideas, concepts or early stage projects that
have a focus on I.T.
"Developing an entrepreneurial culture is one of the keys to advancing
the region?s technology sector." said Robert Reed, ICT Geelong Chairman
(and Managing Director of FE Technologies)."A key element of ICT
Geelong?s Charter is to educate the community on the importance of
technology innovation and entrepreneurship. So we have assembled the
ICT Geelong are welcoming people from all industry sectors, including
researchers and students to the event.
"Anyone with a passion for technology, innovation, entrepreneurship,
investment and start-ups should come. There will be something for
everyone, and we have a fantastic venue at The Pier on the Geelong
waterfront." continues Mr Reed.
Speakers will include;
* Jerry Engel -- Founder of the Entrepreneurship Center at the
University of California (Berkeley)
* Naomi Simson-- Founder of RedBalloon.com.au
* Jordan Green -- Founder of the Melbourne Angels, angel investor group
* Dr Ian Blachonette -- Research Leader for the CSIRO- Australian
Institute of Sport Partnership
* Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips -- Minister for Technology (Victorian
In Mr. Engel?s last visit to Geelong he acknowledged that the region
could become a "cluster of innovation' akin to Silicon Valley, if it
focused on developing a few key ingredients, like culture of
entrepreneurship, access to venture capital, entrepreneurial
professionals and strong local universities.
"We have a long way to go" acknowledged Mr Reed, "However, when get
buy-in and sponsorship from the likes of Deakin University, Berkeley,
Melbourne Angels, Pitcher Partners, CSIRO-AIS, Commercialisation
Australia, the City of Greater Geelong and the Victoria State Government
we know that we are definitely heading in the right direction."
In closing Mr Reed reinforce that "things are happening in Geelong right
now in the area of technology entrepreneurship and commercialisation,
and we (as the representative body of the IT industry) are excited to be
Tickets are $50 per person which includes food and drinks for the entire
RSVP to Craig Hill (craigh(a)sedconsulting.com.au) by 21st October.
Free entry for all Deakin University staff and student.
For more information on TheTechnology Entrepreneurship Forum go to
For more information on The $50,000 I.T. Invention Test go to
SED Consulting (and Manager of ICT Geelong)
Mob: 0408 390 930
I certainly would be interested in attending this event. I have (hopefully,
as my dial up line is currently OOO) sent an RSVP to admin(a)mcginc.com.au.
Although I have been using Linux now since 1993 I do not know if I could
give any usefull talk as I tend to be going quite a different way (the
command line for ever) than most of the newer linux users.
When I first connect with Mcmedia for internet accsess probably 7 or 8
years ago of the 3000 users on the ISP there was only me and someone in
Mooroopna on the ISP that ran Linux.
> There was an interesting interview with Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen from
> 'The Serval Project';
> on Radio National 621's Bush Telegraph this morning (Wed12/10/11).
> Nice ad for FOSS, with an application to run on Android and Nokia
> phones; that
> seems to set up a self-organising wireless LAN for emergencies when the
> cell network falls over.
> Would be interesting to know whether the software could be ported to GSM
> and NextG phones
> Seems to be a site here:
Great catch Rohan. Sufficiently Linux related for further discussion to
occur on LUV-main, imo :)