The linux.conf.au 2014 papers committee is looking for a broad range of proposals, and will consider submissions on anything from programming and software, to desktop, mobile, gaming, userspace, community, government, space and education. There is only one rule:
Your proposal must be related to open source
This year, the papers committee is going to be focused on linux on the frontier and deep technical content-- that might range from cybernetics and mobile operating environments to large astronomy projects and big data projects.
However, the conference is to a large extent what the speakers make it -- if we receive many excellent submissions on a topic, then it’s sure to be represented at the conference. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
The Cloud - What is it, how can we use it and why is it running on my toaster?
Kernel and core systems: file systems, embedded devices
Networking: peer to peer networking, or tuning a TCP/IP stack
Desktop: office and productivity applications, peripherals, support
Mobile: kernel, applications, programming, challenges, user interfaces
Servers: clusters and supercomputers, databases and cloud computing
Embedded systems: constraints in storage/memory, real-time aspects, open hardware
Virtualisation: benefits, challenges, management, kernel and application support
Systems administration: maintaining large numbers of machines, disaster recovery
Programming: programming languages, software engineering practices, testing, continuous integration/deployment, different development methodologies, version control
Audio and video: video editing, VoIP, WebRTC, video player development, live streaming
Open Community: licensing changes, patent threats, open data, open apis.
Free software use: home automation, IT, education, manufacturing, research, government applications, home security
LCA is known for presentations and tutorials that are strongly technical in nature, but proposals for presentations on other aspects of free software and open culture, such as educational and cultural applications of open source, are welcome.