Australian Open Source Symposium 3
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The third Australian Open Source Symposium (AOSS 3) will be held in Canberra on Saturday, 16 June 2001. The purpose of this event is to bring together the Australian Open Source community on an annual basis.

AOSS is run by developers, for developers, but other members of the IT community are welcome and will benefit from the ``hands-on'' atmosphere. Our goals are to promote the sharing of information and experience, to give the community a place to interact, and to nurture and harness synergies between Open Source projects.

Just as Open Source is a little different, so is AOSS. The majority of the presenters are actively involved in Open Source development. With few exceptions, they talk about work that they have done, or work which is currently in progress.

Registration forms are available in HTML and PDF format. Please print them out and fax them to AUUG at (02) 8824 9522. Alternatively email AUUG, or call AUUG at 1800 625 655. Registration will also be possible from 8:30 am on the day, but to ensure your place at this event, we recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Previous AOSS events were resounding successes. We expect this one to be even better.


The third AUUG conference discussing the State of the Art in Open Source systems development, presented primarily by people actively engaged in Open Source software development.
Saturday, 16 June 2001, 9:00 to 18:00.
Lecture Theatre L5
Manning Clarke complex
Australian National University
Target audience:
IT professionals, software developers.
The Australian UNIX User Group (AUUG).
Symposium costs include registration, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea:

Members: $60
Non-members: $100
Student members $30
Student non-members $50

Membership rates apply to members of AUUG, ISOC-AU and SAGE-AU.

Save money by becoming a member of AUUG! Annual membership costs $110 for full members and $27.50 for students.

All prices include GST.


8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Introduction.
9:15 - 9:45
Through the looking glass: open source, Microsoft, Sun and public perceptions.
Robert Hart, RedHat

Open source software has gained real mindshare in the enterprise space and is thus seen as a threat to corporations that derive much revenue in this space. This paper examines how open source is currently responding to the attacks from the proprietary space and conjectures on the possible directions these may take in the future and how these can be handled.

9:45 - 10:15
Making Closed Source UNIX Open Again
Warren Toomey, ANU

This paper describes the work done to free old versions of UNIX from their closed source licenses, and examines the construction of the Apout simulator which can be used to run old UNIX executables.

10:15 - 10:45
Morning Tea
10:45 - 12:15
Hacking the Tivo.
Andrew Tridgell, VA Linux.

The Tivo is a Linux-based video recorder. Tridge bought one last year, and he and his friends spent some months adapting it to Australian conditions. This masterpiece of hackery includes an Ethernet adaptor.

12:15 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:30
Linux Standards Base 1.0
Chris Yeoh, IBM LTC Ozlabs

The Linux Standard Base 1.0 specification is soon to be released. Chris gives an overview of what to expect, and what the implications will be.

13:30 - 14:00
Scott Campbell

J2WAP is a Wireless Markup Language (WML) micro browser which adheres to version 1.2 of the WAP Forums Wireless Markup Language (WML) and Wireless Application Environment (WAE) specifications. It was developed for the 2000 Final Year engineering project at the University of Canberra.

14:00 - 14:30
Reverse Engineering 101
Hugh Blemings, IBM LTC Ozlabs

Hugh describes how he reverse engineered the serial protocols used in communicating between computers and mobile phones.

14:30 - 15:00
Debugging gcc problems
Alan Modra, IBM LTC Ozlabs
15:00 - 15:30
Afternoon Tea
15:30 - 16:30
NFS Version 4
Martin Pool, VA Linux.

Version 4 of the Network File system is a complete rehash of the previous NFS protocols. A lot of cruft has been removed, and as a result it should be much faster than previous versions. Martin gives an overview of the differences and talks about the free user space server which he is writing for Linux.

16:30 - 17:00
David Gibson

As the first Australian State or Territory, the ACT Electoral commission is introducing electronic voting for the October 2001 election. The winning tender for the software is based on Open Source, which is particularly attractive in this environment because all aspects of the software can be made public.

17:00 - 17:30
Open Source Imaging, a status report
Michael Still

This talk covers recent development work on Panda, a PDF generator. It will also cover work on the scripting front end to Panda, the PDF parser that is under way as well, and PNGTools, a suite of tools for PNG images that is similar to the libtiff tiff utilities.

17:30 - 18:00
Internet Mobility - A report from the Internet Global Summit
Tom Worthington FACS, Visiting Fellow DCS ANU & Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd

An informal report by one of the presenters at last week's Internet Global Summit in Stockholm.


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AOSS 3 is proudly supported by
VA Linux Systems
VA Linux Systems
Red Hat Inc
Red Hat Inc

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