Sunday Aug 02, 2009

Presentations and flickrstream of KCA2009 available

I've finally pulled the finger out to get my photos from KCA2009 up on flickr. Have a squiz at these.

More importantly, we've got almost all of the presentations from the conference up on the website. As time goes by we'll get the others (Brendan, Stewart, Jeff and Bill).

Monday Jul 20, 2009

KCA2009 - winding down #1

Now that I've had a weekend to start recovering from Kernel Conference Australia, it's time to start catch up on a few blog entries. There'll be several over the next few weeks as I work through everything I want to mention.


A massive thankyou to our volunteers on the ground (James Lever, Greg Black, Nikolai Lusan, Daniel Dawson) who all did a stellar job and made it possible for me to be the shiny happy face of the conference :-)

Thankyou to the review committee (Jake Carroll, Andre van Eyssen, David Gwynne and John Sonnenschein) who helped put the program together.

Thankyou to our speakers, without whom there would not have been any conference to attend.

Thankyou to Deirdre Straughan who got us live streamed sessions on ustream and recorded many hours of video.

Thankyou to Claire Operie, Gabriele Decelis and Diana Pearce who handled the logistics of getting the event off the ground (registrations, the event website, catering, swag etc).

Thankyou to Mitch Roberts for setting up the demo room and who answered hundreds of questions about pretty much every piece of technology Sun sells. He also showed off some really amazing VDI and demonstrated the Fishworks kit. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Thankyou to Jake Carroll for setting up the infrastructure we needed at the Queensland Brain Institute. Thankyou especially to QBI's director Professor Perry Bartlett, FAA and Ian Duncan for generously allowing us to use QBI's facilities for the conference.

Thankyou to the Brisbane branch of Sun Microsystems who got behind the idea and provided connections, spread the word and encouraged people to come along.

Thankyou to everybody who attended KCA, who thought it would be something worthwhile. I hope you went away excited, energised and enthused about all the really cool technologies that you can find in Open Source kernels, and even be inspired to contribute to your favourite kernel in the future.

Finally, thankyou to our sponsors - Frontline, OpenSolaris, and Sun Microsystems.

Presentations, Videos, Papers, Proceedings

A number of people have asked me over the last few days whether the presentations will be made available online. The answer is a resounding YES, but not just yet. What the review committee (well, just Andre, and myself) are doing is creating a Proceedings of the conference. Within that we will have the papers or slideware and speakernotes that each presenter wrote. When we have that finished I will announce it on this blog, and I will email all the delegates to provide details on how to obtain a copy. (Hopefully it'll be in the National Library of Australia with proper CiP data too).

The videos that we recorded are being cleaned up and will be uploaded to somewhere with a lot of space. Soon. I don't know when, but when I do know, I'll announce it here.

Will we run this again in 2010?

The feedback I've received from people attending KCA has generally been very positive about the event, and encourages me to organise another KCA for next year. We'll have to wait and see how things pan out following the buyout vote, but I'm very hopeful that we'll be able to make it happen.

Thursday Jun 25, 2009

Late feature addition - to the KCA speaker list

In case you weren't quite convinced about just how cool, uuuuber, and just plain old fantastic an opportunity Kernel Conference Australia is, then you should consider this. We've got one more speaker coming along:

Brendan Gregg, member of the Fishworks team, author of the DTraceToolkit, co-author of Solaris Performance and Tools.

Naturally, he'll be talking about DTrace and all the serious and crazy (and seriously crazy) things he's done with it over the years.

Dates15 - 17 July, 2009
VenueQueensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Conference homepage
Full abstracts
Registration page
regular price$300

Friday May 15, 2009

KCA2009 - first media contact

KCA received its first media hit with a query from the editor of An interview (via email) with me! New and exciting :-)

I was nervous about how the answers I gave to her questions might get transformed into an article - I've never dealt with a media enquiry before - so I was relieved to see that the article that popped up just before lunchtime today was true to the answers I'd provided: Sun shines more light on Open Source Kernels.

On the registration front, people are starting to register for the conference (cue sigh of relief) and there's still plenty of time (well, another 2 weeks) to get your seat at the early bird price. So don't be shy, decide that you really do want to meet, learn from and hang out some of the finest minds in Open Source software. You Know You Want To!

Tuesday May 12, 2009

KCA2009 - registrations are NOW LIVE (also, agenda posted)

About 15 minutes ago I was ecstaticly pleased to see that the KCA2009 website had gone live with the confirmed agenda, speaker bios and most importantly, registrations.

Wednesday May 06, 2009

KCA2009 - we've finalised the accepted presentations

After a lot of back-n-forth in the committee, we've finally come up with a list of presentations that we have accepted for the 16 speaking slots at Kernel Conference Australia 2009. Hopefully all the presenters will get back to me asap so I can finalise the schedule and say who they are.

Saturday May 02, 2009

KCA2009 - Call for Papers is now CLOSED

I'm pleased to announce that the official Call for Papers for Kernel Conference Australia 2009 is now closed. Over. Finito!

We've had a great response to the CfP, and the review committee will be meeting in coming days to nut out just which presentations we'll take.

Personally, I'm very happy that given the event is new, and economies around the world are in turmoil, we've had so many presentation proposals (and of a very high quality) submitted.

The review committee will be working hard to ensure that we get the accepted papers finalised as soon as possible, but either way we've still got enough of the schedule mapped out already (keynote speakers and panels) that when registrations open on Monday you'll have a fair idea of how it'll all go.

If you are planning to register and attend, please join our Facebook Event.

Monday Apr 27, 2009

Less than ONE WEEK to go for KCA2009's Call for Papers

I woke up with a shock this morning, realising that there's less than ONE WEEK to go before the KCA2009 Call for Papers closes!


If you're going to submit a presentation proposal, please get it in as soon as possible - you don't want to miss out on being part of this conference.

Here are the links, just link case you'd misplaced them:

Official Conference Website

Call for Papers (all pretty)

Call for Papers (original, dry and technical)

The Facebook event

If you're a potential sponsor, please contact myself, Claire or Gabriele (details on the Official Conference Website).

I've also put together a flyer which you could print out and post around your workplace. Please do - the more the merrier!

Don't forget, registrations open in one week, on 4 May 2009. Save The Date

Friday Mar 27, 2009

KCA2009 - event website NOW ACTIVE

I'm really pleased to announce that the KCA2009 conference website is now active. Registrations open on 4 May 2009. The Call for Papers / (original CfP page) is still open and we're really keen to get your presentation suggestions. We're also very keen to get more sponsors on board - this isn't just a Sun event, it's an Open Source event - and Innovation Happens Everywhere(tm).

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Kernel Conference Australia - Call for Papers issued

More movement at the station when it comes to KCA2009 - we've now got a Call For Papers which I've started emailing to various people and groups.

I'm still on the hunt for sponsorship to help things along, so if your org can help, please contact me directly.

One other thing - you might look at all the details for KCA and think "but I don't use OpenSolaris why should I bother?" - to which the response is that we're interested in Open Source, which is not limited to just one kernel or company. So please, don't think KCA2009 is not for you.


I work at Oracle in the Solaris group. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and neither Oracle nor any other party necessarily agrees with them.


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