Floods can't dampen Linux.conf.au mood

Summary:Nothing can dampen the spirit surrounding this year's Linux.conf.au in Brisbane, not even a flood crisis, as it officially kicked off in the state's soggy capital today.

Nothing can dampen the spirit surrounding this year's Linux.conf.au in Brisbane, not even a flood crisis, as it officially kicked off in the state's soggy capital today.

Tux at Linux.conf.au 2011

Tux at Linux.conf.au (LCA2010 Open Day image by
Christopher Neugebauer, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The floods saw the Brisbane River swell by almost four and a half metres above its banks, inundating the original venue — Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Gardens Point campus.

Organisers fought to dispel the myths surrounding the newly dubbed "Brislantis" before moving the event to QUT's Kelvin Grove campus — 5 kilometres away from the new waterfront property.

John Ferlito, president of Linux Australia, said that the organisers had gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that this year's Linux.conf.au went ahead.

"I gave the team a huge hurrah this morning [at the opening keynote] as they've done 12 months of work in 10 days," Ferlito said, adding that the mood around the conference is great.

"[The team] had to deal with the conference as well as their own personal disasters," he said.

Ferlito reported that there had only been roughly two delegate cancellations so far despite the natural disaster.

"I spoke to several previous conference organisers who told me they would have sat in a corner and cried if this had happened to them," Ferlito said.

Linux Australia is holding its annual general meeting at Linux.conf.au on Wednesday, with elections set to close tomorrow.

Ferlito is set to retain his position as president of the open-source council, after going into the election process unchallenged.

Hotly contested spots on the council include three ordinary committee member seats currently being fought for by five nominees.

Linux.conf.au runs until the end of the week.

Topics: Open Source

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