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This page provides all the information that people need regarding Fedora's presence at LinuxConf Australia 2011.

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When and Where

In 2011 LCA is going to be held in Brisbane, from the 24th - 29th January, at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) - Kelvin Grove Campus.

LinuxConf Personnel

# FAS Name &
Full Name
Conference OpenDay Arrival Departure Comment
1 Luke Martinez No yes Friday Morning Sunday Evening Fedora Ambassadors
2 Heherson Pagcaliwagan Yes yes 23 Jan 31 Jan Fedora Ambassadors
3 Caius 'kaio' Chance no yes local local Fedora Ambassadors
4 Dennis Gilmore yes No 13 Jan 28 Jan Fedora Release Engineering
5 Jennifer Harris No Yes local local

For The Red Hat , we have:

# Full Name Conference OpenDay Comment
1 Cheryn Tan no yes
2 Stephen Gordon yes yes
3 Lana Brindley yes yes
4 David Jorm yes yes
5 Fabio Dias da Cunha no yes
6 Alison Young yes yes
7 Tomas Dabasinskas no yes
8 Andrew Milestone no yes
9 Misha Husnain Ali no yes

Volunteer Schedule (feel free to swap amongst yourselves)

Time Volunteer Volunteer
0900 sgordon cheryn
1000 sgordon fdacunha
1100 Lana Alison
1200 Alison cheryn
1300 Kaio Andrew
1400 Tomas Azneita
1500 djorm jharris
1600 Misha cheryn

Travel & Accommodation

  • Luke is travelling from Adelaide to Brisbane with the following cost estimates: $130 adelaide to brisbane (apprx.) $120 brisbane to adelaide (apprx.) $150 two nights accommodation. A total of $400 for the event.
  • Herson (pending approval) will be travelling from Manila to Brisbane with plane cost of $1025 (18Nov) and visa cost of $105. An LCA ticket costs an additional $375 bringing the total to $1505. Will probably need help with accomodation once approved but I've not planned that far ahead yet.
  • Izhar (pending approval) will be travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast with plane cost of AUD609(20Nov), and approximately AUD100 for Gold Coast to Brisbane on train. LCA ticket costs AUD375 which means a total of AUD1084. Probably need help with accommodation too, and fine with any place which comfortable enough to sleep in a sleeping bag.
  • Kaio (pending approval) is located in Brisbane who only need AUD$375 for LCA ticket.


The Open Day details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 29 January 2011

Time: 9am - 5pm (10am-4pm for attendees not stall holders)

Venue: Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove Campus

  • At the Fedora stall these are some of the planned activities:

- One Laptop Per Child display: history, development, impact, etc

- Live USB Creator: getting people to bring their USBs and installing Fedora 14 onto them

- Fielding general questions about Fedora and Red Hat (announce that Red Hat is hiring)

- Handing out Fedora 14 CDs, RHEL and Fedora brochures

- Take down contact details of people interested in receiving updates onto a spreadsheet

- Quiz: Answer some questions, get some prizes! (from swag section)

  • Interactive space (separate from the stall):

- OLPC: letting people have a go on an XO running Sugar - possibly have competitions between several XOs?

- Cheese: let people take pictures of themselves (wearing a Fedora!) and add effects, email to themselves

  • Decoration for the stall:

- Fedora pull-up banner

- 'Red Hat is hiring' banner

- Red Hat and Fedora table cloths

- Your beautiful selves

At this stage we haven't finalised all the details, and we're still welcoming suggestions for further activities. Please email suggestions to: or

Live USB Creator

  • Prerequisite

ISO of Fedora 14, download from here: (save it somewhere you can remember, you'll need it later)

  • Install
# yum install liveusb-creator
  • Format USB

As liveusb-creator doesn't like partitions other than fat32 it is good idea to format the usb stick before using liveusb-creator. After you insert usb stick check its ID

# less /var/log/messages
Let's assume
usb stick is /dev/sdb with some partition /dev/sdb1.

Check if your stick got auto mounted

# mount (look for /dev/sdb1)

Unmount your usb stick if mounted

# umount /dev/sdb1
Format sdb1 to vfat parition
Please note that all data on the stick will be lost.
# mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
  • Make live usb

Go to applications->system tools->fedora usb creator. Click Browse under "Use existing Live CD" and locate ISO file you downloaded. Make sure your target device is /dev/sdb1

Click "Create Live USB"

That's it

What to expect
live-usb creator window output
Fedora-14-i686-Live-Desktop.iso selected
Verifying filesystem...
Verifying ISO MD5 checksum
ISO MD5 checksum passed
Extracting live image to USB device...
Wrote to device at 6 MB/sec
Setting up OLPC boot file...
Installing bootloader...
Complete! (0:02:23)


Pre-conference tasks


  • Stall booking confirmed
  • Volunteer schedule
  • OLPCs procured (1 from Brisbane, 3 being shipped)
  • Red Hat swag procured (various Brochures on RHEL 6, Red Hat caps, mints, travel adaptors, pens, keyrings)
  • Received 1500 Fedora 14 CDs from Harish Pillay

In progress

  • Additional swag

- Red Hat and Fedora table cloths: designs have been sent to printer

- Fedora flyers: LCA committee unable to print, facilities damaged. Will print from Red Hat

To Do

  • Bring laptops for stall: Cheryn, Lana and Thomas
  • Spread the word for people to bring their USB sticks to Open Day. Spam avenues- during the conference, blogs, mailing lists, LCA event page, etc: Everyone
  • Set up competitions/ activities using multiple OLPC machines


There is interest among attendees in actually pursuing a FAD after the event. Check FAD @ Brisbane 2011 for details.