Report on linux.conf.au 2014
In the first week of January I was at the annual Linux Conference which was held in Perth this year. It’s a grass roots, technical conference, gathering Linux and open source gurus, professionals and hobbyists. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux says himself it is the only conference he enjoys going to!
As always, there were heaps of interesting presentations which are actually all available via the YouTube channel.
The keynote presentations covered privacy and surveillance (refer NSA) on the Internet, the open source mapping system OpenStreetMaps and Ardusat, an open source satellite that school students can program to run experiments!
I spent a good chunk of time learning about Openstack which is the fully open source, cloud infrastructure stack. This year may very well see us implement this for some clients.
Other Linux management/deployment technologies I am going to investigate further this year are Ansible, The Foreman, Chef and Vagrant.
As always, I met a lot of great people and my mind was opened to many new technologies.
Next year it is in Auckland, NZ.