Linux.conf.au - Day Four
Day four of the conference opened with a keynote entitiled "Hackers at the End of the World" by Glyn Moody. Glyn explored the history of sharing in science and art as inspired by the open source movement, and contrasted this with the anti-sharing 'my gain is your loss' culture of the global financial community. Glyn postulated that the sharing and indeed sharing of sharing that characterises the FOSS community held a tantalising glimpse of a solution to the global financial and environmental crisis.
Jeremy Allison brought forward an extremely provocative look at Microsoft's overtures to the open source community with "The Elephant in the Room - Microsoft and Free Software". Jeremy took the audience through Microsoft's duality in recent times in attempting to reconsile with the open source community at the same time working against them in the political and regulartory arena.
Jonathan Oxer delighted attendees with a talk on "Tux on the Moon", showcasing the Lunar Numbat project and it's efforts to partner with the Google Lunar X-Prize team White Label Space to "... put a Linux powered robotic Australian marsupial on the moon".
The day was concluded by a Professional Delegates Networking Session at the Wellington Opera House. The final day of the conference will open with a short keynote by Nat Torkington and a series of lightning talks, with the conference Penguin dinner closing the evening activities.