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Linus Torvalds to answer Q&A during LCA 2015 Auckland
Posted on 4-Dec-2014 20:40 | Tags Filed under: News



Auckland will be the venue for LCA (linux.conf.au) 2015 and the organisers are excited with the announcement of a Q&A session with Linux Project Coordinator Linus Torvalds. Mr Torvalds participated in a similar Q&A during the LCA Perth 2003.

linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. Every year open source enthusiast and professionals from around the world gather to meet their fellow technologists, share the latest ideas and innovations, and spend a week collaborating on free, open source software projects.

The conference is well known for the speakers and delegates depth of talent, and its focus on technical Linux content.

The Q&A session is scheduled for 09:00 am Friday, 16 January 2015 and will be moderated by Bdale Garbee with the assistance of Andrew Tridgell.

Helsinki-born Linus, who simply calls himself a Software Engineer, was the main force behind developing the Linux kernel. It all started from an initial usenet posting in August of 1991 and made what has proved to be a historic debut with the release of version 1.0 on March 14 1994.

In June 2003 Linus started working for Open Source Development Labs. After merging with the Free Standards Group it became the Linux Foundation where Linus continues to work as the project’s coordinator and is Chief Architect of the Linux kernel.

In 2005, after criticism for his use and alleged advocacy of BitKeeper, proprietary software for version-control in the Linux kernel, Linus wrote a free-software replacement for BitKeeper called GIT which is now the most widely-adopted version-control system for software development.

The LCA 2015 Auckland team points out the Linux Foundation provided assistance in making this Q&A possible.



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