LCA2013 Sysadmin and Arduino Miniconfs Announced

[D] [Digg] [SU] [R] [SU] [SU], Australia’s premier open source conference, have announced the third set of miniconferences for 2013, addressing open source system administration, and open hardware. Miniconfs are day-long sessions on a specific topic. As the name suggests, they are expected to be run as a miniature conference, with a formal schedule published ahead of time listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Computing systems everywhere are installed, maintained, and updated by a veritable army of systems administrators. Often overlooked by the more visible professions within the IT industry, systems administrators are nevertheless crucial to successful operations across the world.

Systems Administration: This miniconference covers tips, tricks, tools, and best practices to manage both big and small real-world Linux environments. Talks at this conference will be directly useful to professional Linux systems administrators.

Advances in Linux Security: Security is increasingly important in the mobile and embedded markets. This miniconference will focus on new developments and the systems that rely on them, with discussions on Android, Chromium, and Tizen. There will also be updates on existing security modules and distributions.

The conference organisers are also pleased to announce the return of a very popular open hardware miniconference:

Arduino: Interest in open hardware is high among delegates but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar jargon. This miniconference will combine hardware, firmware and the physical world in a specially designed project that the attendees build themselves. In the afternoon, presentations will cover the spectrum of open-hardware activity.

About showcases the best of open source and community-driven software and hardware, and it’s coming to the Australian National University from 28 January to 2 February, 2013. The conference provides a great opportunity for open source developers, users, hackers, and makers to share their ideas and further improve their projects. Early bird registrations open 1 October, see for all the info.