Photos: 2008

Photos: 2008

Summary: This year's conference, held at Melbourne University, was an all out Linux free-for-all. Highlights include images of the new XO Linux laptop and an interview with Linus Torvalds.


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  • The XO laptop comes with a sonar application, which uses the computer's built-in microphone and speaker to build a sound-based map of the surrounding area.

    Credit: ZDNet Australia

  • A delegate getting in touch with this inner child, here pictured with the XO laptop.

    Credit: ZDNet Australia

  • Conference delegates were treated to a giant screen displaying a Windows error, on its side. Pictured here with the "blue screen of death" is CNET Networks Australia's video guru Matt Oxley.

    The blue screen displayed the standard message that Windows users know and dread: "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer."

    Credit: ZDNet Australia

Topics: Open Source, Linux, Oracle, Tech Industry

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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