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Policy Makers to Address AUUG2004 Conference

  • 25 August, 2004 21:20

<p></p><center><b>AUUG's annual conference will hear how each of the major political
parties sees the future of IT, particularly with relation to Open Source,
Linux and Open Standards.</b></center>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia -- 25 August 2004 -- AUUG, the organisation for UNIX
and Open Source professionals, today announced that representatives from
the three major political parties will address the conference.
A representative of Senator Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications,
Information Technology and the Arts (Liberal)</li>
Senator Kate Lundy, Shadow Minister for Information Technology (Labor)</li>
Ms Jess Healy, Candidate for the Federal Senate (Australian Democrats)</li>
"Open Standards, Open Source and Linux are now hot topics in the public
sector", said David Purdue AUUG Inc. President. "We are delighted to see
this and to encourage productive debate and positive change."
Two years ago AUUG called on the Government sector to accelerate the
adoption of Open Source software. (<a href=""></a>)
There has been enormous progress made over the last two years and the debate
has broadened to address Open Standards as well as Open Source. However,
it is still early days and the process of creating a level playing field
is ongoing.
<b>AUUG2004 keynote and invited speakers:</b>
Steve Alford - General Manager, Sourcing &amp; Security Branch - Australian
Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)</li>
Steve Bellovin - AT&amp;T Fellow in the Network Services Research Lab</li>
Arjen Lentz - Technical Writer - MySQL Documentation Team</li>
Theo de Raadt - Project Lead OpenBSD Project</li>
Bdale Garbee - Linux CTO for Hewlett Packard</li>
Anton Koren - Manager Development - eTrust Directory - Computer Associates</li>
Michael Paddon - Qualcomm</li>
Angus MacDonald - CTO Sun Microsystems Australia</li>
An updated full conference programme is now available online <a href=""></a>.
The conference, now in its third decade, is a key resource and meeting
place for users, developers and vendors wanting to make the most of their
investments in Unix, Linux and Open Source Systems.
The 3 day conference programme is preceded by a 3 day tutorial programme.
There is a focus on security topics, but many other areas of interest are
covered: Open Source databases, kernel hacking, Java and Wireless networks,
to name a few.  Apple Computer will be sponsoring a <b>FREE</b> tutorial
- "Building Flexible and Secure Internet Services Using Mac OS X".
Although focused on providing strong technical content, the conference
also addresses business topics and provides excellent opportunities for
attendees to meet and build friendships via the conference reception and
<b>Key Partners in the event include:</b> Computer Associates, Sun Microsystems,
Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Sophos, IBM, Custom Technology, Silicon
Breeze/Linux Jewellery, AARNet, AJUG, ISOC-AU, Computerworld and Builder
"AUUG2004 - Who Are You?" will be held at the Duxton Hotel, Melbourne
1 - 3 September 2004. Conference programme, speaker topics and online registration
are available at <a href=""></a>
Tutorials will be conducted prior to the conference, at the same venue,
from 29 - 31 August 2004.
Both AUUG members and non-members can attend with discounts for AUUG
members, members of affiliated organizations and students. Registration
for the conference is $865 for AUUG members and $1,035 for non-members.
There is a special discounted student rate of just $150. Tutorials are
$350 per half day for AUUG members and $550 for non-members. (Please note
that lower "Early Bird" rates applied only up to 6 August 2004).
<p><b>About AUUG Incorporated</b>
<br/>AUUG Inc. is the Australian UNIX and Open Systems User Group, the organisation
for UNIX and Open Source professionals. Dating from 1975, AUUG is a national
body with chapters that organise local activities in most capital cities.
Visit <a href=""></a>
<br/>Previous AUUG press releases can be viewed at <a href=""></a>
</p><blockquote>AUUG Inc.
<br/>PO Box 7071
<br/>Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2153
<br/>Free Call 1800 625 655, Fax 02 8824 9522
<br/>International: Tel +61 2 8824 9511, Fax +61 2 8824 9522
<br/>E-mail: <a href=""></a>
<br/>ABN 15 645 981 718</blockquote>
<b>Press Contact</b>
<br/>Gordon Hubbard
<br/>Treasurer, AUUG Inc.
<br/>&lt;<a href=""></a>&gt;
<br/>Tel: 02 9659 9590
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