The linux.conf.au (LCA) 2010 call for papers is now open! Woot! Woot! etc, etc. Next year’s LCA is on from Monday 18 January 2010 to Saturday 23 January 2010 in sunny downtown Wellington, New Zealand. Speaking as a former organiser (AKA LCA Ghost) I think, in an entirely unbiased way, that it is the best Linux/FOSS conference in the world. It covers everything from hardcore kernel hacking to community discussions and legal issues. The best people come, the social events rock and the event is always well organised and friendly. The CFP has opened today and closes on the 24th of July, 2009 and its general blurb is: _ The LCA2010 Papers Committee is looking for a broad range of papers spanning everything from programming and software to desktop and userspace to community, government and education but there is one essential: The core of your paper must relate to open source in some way, i.e., if it’s a paper about software then the software has to be licensed under an Open Source license. The LCA2010 Papers Committee welcome proposals for Papers on the following topics: * Kernel and system topics such as filesystems and embedded devices * Networking topics such as peer to peer networking, or tuning a TCP/IP stack * Desktop topics such as office and productivity applications, mobile devices, peripherals, crypto & security and viruses and other malware * Server topics such as clusters and other supercomputers, databases and grid computing * Systems administration topics such as maintaining large numbers of machines and disaster recovery * Programming topics such as software engineering practices and test driven development * Free Software and Free Culture topics, including licencing and Free and Open approaches outside software * Free Software usage topics, including home, IT, education, manufacturing, research and government usage. Most presentations and tutorials will be technical in nature, but proposals for presentations on other aspects of Free Software and Free Culture, such as educational and cultural aspects are welcome. LCA2010 is pleased to invite proposals for three types of papers: * Presentation - 45 minutes * Tutorials - 1 hour and 45 minutes (short) * Tutorials - 3 hours and 30 minutes (long) Presentations are 45 minute slots (including questions) that are typically a one-way lecture from you to the audience - the typical conference presentation. These form the bulk of the available conference slots. Tutorials are either 1 hour and 45 minutes, or 3 hours and 30 minutes in length, and work best when they are interactive or hands-on in nature. Tutorials are expected to have a specific learning outcome for attendees. To increase the number of people that can view your talk, LCA2010 may video the talks and make them publicly available after LCA2010. When submitting your proposal you will be asked whether materials relating to your paper can be released under a Creative Commons ShareALike License. _ In conclusion - submit a paper - you won’t regret it.