Enterprise Security, Enterprise Linux
28-30 June 2000
Australian National University
Canberra ACT Australia
Doesn't time move quickly when you're having fun (or extremely busy). This is the second mail out to AUUG members keeping them informed about preparations for the conference.
In the last few weeks things have progressed well, we have a number of the keynotes locked in and have almost finalised arrangements for the others. One thing that did come out was the depth of talent that is available within Australia. In fact when we started casting about for names of people who are active in the Open Systems community, particularly in either security or Linux, we kept coming up with local people.
To that end, the program committee decided that we would highlight some of those Australians who are making significant contributions by inviting them to be keynote speakers at the conference. This is not to say that there won't be some international presenters, but there will be less than in previous years.
The keynotes we currently have are: Darren Reed, the author of IPFilter for various free Unix's and frequent contributor to a number of security lists; John Terpstra a long time member of AUUG, member of the Samba team and now working in the USA for TurboLinux; and Dirk Hohndel, CTO for SuSE Linux AG and Vice-president of The XFree86 Project (I've included his bio below).
Along with organising the keynote speakers, the program committee has also been keeping track of the submitted papers. These have been coming in steadily for the past few weeks, and with the close of the CFP next week, the rate is building up. At the moment there are a number of interesting proposals for tutorials and conference papers, and I hope this will continue.
Like the program committee, the conference committee has been busy. In particular they have been organising the budget and logistics for the whole conference. The two major items that have been taking most of their time are the arrangements of sponsorships, and of accommodation for the conference attendees. Details of the available accommodation are given below.
With regard to sponsorships, I believe that all the major ones are gone, but there are still opportunities in a number of the smaller ones. For more details check the conference web page, http://www.auug.org.au/winter/auug2k/sponsor.html or email Liz Carroll directly (<firstname.lastname@example.org>).
So, in closing, we are picking up steam as we near the big event, with one of our major milestones, the close of the call for papers only a week away. Expect to see and hear more in the upcoming weeks, and start your planning to attend. If you have questions check out the conference web page, http://www.auug.org.au/winter/auug2k.
A conference rate has been negotiated with the following hotels. Bookings are to be made directly with the hotels listed - please quote that you are attending "AUUG2K" and require this rate.
Novotel, 85 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: +61-2-6245 5000, Fax: +61-2-6245 5100
Single Room: A$119 Double/Twin: A$119 3rd Person: A$25
Quality Inn Downtown, 82 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City, ACT 2612
Ph: +61-2-6249 1388 or 1-800-026150, Fax: +61-2-6247 2523
Single Room (incl continental breakfast): A$85 2nd Person: Additional $5
Canberra Central Apartments, Cnr Barry Drive & Northbourne Avenue,
Canberra City, ACT 2612
Ph: +61-2-6230 4781 or 1-800-629 700, Fax: +61-2-6230 6466
Single Room (incl continental breakfast): A$59 Double: $65
All rates are based on a per room per night basis and delegates are responsible for settling their accounts on departure directly with the hotel concerned. Please note: Any amendments or cancellations to hotel bookings must be made directly with the hotels listed.
Dirk Hohndel is CTO of SuSE Linux AG. Dirk has worked for SuSE in various positions, both as an employee and as an independent consultant continuously since 1994.
He also serves as Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides an Open Source implementation of the X Window System on PC Unix systems like Linux.
Prior to his current position at SuSE, Dirk was Unix Architect at Deutsche Bank AG, one of the leading global financial institutions. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Dirk was Senior Software Engineer for AIB Software Corporation (which was then acquired by PLATINUM technology).
Dirk Hohndel holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wüzburg, Germany. He is married and lives near Frankfurt, Germany.
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