(Sorry this took so long. We’ve actually had the list of winners for a while, but there were procedural stuff which held up an earlier
Linux.conf.au 2005 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 Sun
Regional Delegate Program (RDP). As always, linux.conf.au would like
to that Sun for their kind support for this programme, without which it
would not be possible for the following 9 people to attend linux.conf.au.
Read http://lca2005.linux.org.au/rdp.php for details about the RDP.
Also another lucky person who submitted to the Regional Delegates Program
will be announced as the National winner at the conference opening and be
presented with a fantastic prize by Sun. This is above and beyond their seat
at linux.conf.au 2005.
The winners are:
The ACT winner is Burn Alting, who has been working with Unix and open
source since 1978, including contributions to many open source projects and
initiatives over the years, Burn is an active member of the Canberra Linux
Our winner from the Northern Territory is Anthony Hornby, who is the
secretary of DARLUG. Not only does Anthony use FOSS at work, but he is
also actively promoting open access publishing and the creative commons
amongst his librarian colleagues. Anthony is currently working on an
honours degree project to implement a database to help enable indigenous
Australians to preserve some of their culture electronically for future
generations. This project when complete will be released under an OSS
The winner from New South Wales is Darryl Lynch. Darryl is a member of
OSIA (Open Source Industry Australia http://www.osia.net.au/) living in
regional NSW. He has been working with his local community on ways to
adopt open source in the local community, and seeks to make more
contacts at the conference to assist with this.
The Queensland winner is Ben Martin. He is the author of the libferris
virtual file system project, which has recently had desktop search
capabilities added as detailed in the February 2005 Linux Journal. The
file system talks at linux.conf.au are especially of interest to Ben.
The South Australian winner Kylie Willison is passionate about teaching
computing and have been teaching for six years. She is a volunteer using
Linux in the workplace, training people to use Linux, giving away open
source software and advocating Linux for other local community
organisations. The better equipped she is to teach, maintain systems and
run networks the better profile Linux will gain in the community.
Ben Powell is the Tasmanian winner. As TasLUG’s Southern coordinator, he
has worked to improve TasLUG’s profile as a focal point for learning and
advocacy for the FOSS community. After working in technology roles where
he advocated FOSS solutions (for example Tasmania’s eGovernment unit and
consulting), he began studying IP law to give back to FOSS in areas
where he believes his skills to best contribute to the Linux community
as a whole.
Gordon Heydon, the Victorian winner is a contributor to Drupal and
Debian, and other projects. He has been active within the Linux
community for the last 9 years, both in the assisting of other people
with open source and helping businesses adopt open source.
The Western Australian winner, Trent Lloyd, is an excellent opportunity
to encourage a younger member of the community. Over the last year or
two he has been making small contributions to GNOME related projects
(mostly evolution), as well as working on a multi cast DNS library. As he
is a student living away from home, having Sun provide an opportunity
for him to attend the conference is a significant boon.
For the first time this year we’re offering a RDP slot to a New
Zealander. This year’s winner is Vik Olliver, who has introduced Linux
and open source to a variety of companies in New Zealand. Attending
linux.conf.au 2005 will improve his ability to guide these companies and
others, in turn spreading open source among more clients and enlarging
the base of potential developers.
Sun were also keen to involve people from New Zealand as linux.conf.au will
be held in Dunedin, New Zealand next year.
Less than three weeks to go to linux.conf.au. See you all there.
Steve and the linux.conf.au 2005 Crew.