Hi everyone, Once again a Debian Miniconf will be run as a prelude to the annual linux.conf.au (LCA). LCA is a grass-roots technical conference covering issues relating to Linux development and will run this year in Canberra (Australia) from Wednesday April 20th to Saturday April 23rd. It will feature multiple tracks with tutorials and presentations by world-class speakers and will be preceded by a number of topic-specific miniconfs including Debian Miniconf 4. Debian Miniconf 4 will run on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of April and will feature presentations relating to Debian. It's intended to be a technical conference aimed specifically at Debian developers and others with a good knowledge of Debian. While end users are welcome to attend they will find the presentations will be technical in nature - previous years have featured very high quality presentations and it's come to be seen as a sort of unofficial "Southern Hemisphere Debconf". * Registrations * As with previous years Debian Miniconf 4 itself is free, but to attend you absolutely must sign up for the main conference. The miniconf couldn't exist without LCA providing a venue and other organisational support so it's more like a prelude to the main conference than a stand-alone event. Make sure you register for LCA, and then also register for Miniconf 4. Note that the Early Bird discount period for LCA ends in a couple of weeks so sign up now to save on the registration fee. * Speakers * Some of you may remember that I have a standing threat from previous years to present a session on building picket fences and making truffles (both things I think I'm pretty good at ;-) unless I got enough people putting up their hand to speak. This year I'm going to add "building gazebos" to the list of possible talks I'll give if there aren't enough speakers, so to save everyone from total boredom I need lots of people to volunteer to do presentations. If you've got a topic in mind for Debian Miniconf 4 please get in touch with me ASAP. Note that presentation topics have to be directly related to Debian and be intended for a technical audience of your peers, so general "linuxy" topics won't be accepted unless they have a Debian spin. Presentation slots are 1 hour long with 45 minutes for presentation, 10 mins for questions and 5 minutes for speaker changeover. The format is pretty casual and relaxed though so anything can happen on the day ;-) * Keysigning * Like last year I've decided to leave a keysigning session off the program to make time for one more presentation. Before everyone screams in rage I should point out that I am also the coordinator of the keysigning session at the main conference so all is not lost. Anyone who wants to extend or become part of Debian's web of trust should just send in their key for the main keysigning and attend that instead. Sorry if this irks you, but to me it seemed silly to organise 2 keysignings in the same venue within a few days of each other with all the same people in attendance. So go sign up now, and I'll see you there! Jonathan Oxer  http://www.debconf.org/miniconf4/  http://www.linux.conf.au/  http://www.linux.conf.au/register  http://www.debconf.org/miniconf4/register/  http://www.keysigning.org/event/lca2005 *Note: IBM is the Penguin Sponsor of linux.conf.au 2005. Thanks to IBM and LCA for making Debian Miniconf 4 possible!
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