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AUUG2004 Conference Attracts Record Interest

  • 11 August, 2004 20:54

<p></p><center><b>AUUG's annual conference will address issues of computer security
with emphasis on Identification and Authentication.</b></center>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia -- 11 August 2004 -- AUUG, the organisation for UNIX
and Open Source professionals, today announced that it's upcoming annual
national conference has attracted record registrations and sponsorship
to date.
Compared to the 2003 conference (to date):
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Registrations are up by 18%</li>
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Sponsorship has jumped a massive 36%</li>
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"The AUUG board is delighted with the strong interest in AUUG2004", said
Gordon Hubbard, AUUG Inc. Treasurer. "We believe this is due to a general
improvement in the IT economy, strong interest in Open Standards, Open
Source and Linux, and the tireless efforts of our members and staff."
"We are looking forward to a very successful conference. The core AUUG
values of Openness - Open Standards and interoperability have never been
more pertinent", said David Purdue AUUG Inc. President. "The new AUUG board
is rising to the challenges of a dynamic IT market place. You will see
that in the upcoming conference."
"AUUG is also working to optimize the use of resources to improve member
benefits. For example we are moving our 'hard copy' journal AUUGN online,
providing access to a vast quantity of previously largely inaccessible
intellectual property."
<b>Updated AUUG2004 keynote and invited speakers:</b>
<ul>
<li>
Steve Alford - General Manager, Sourcing &amp; Security Branch - Australian
Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)</li>
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Steve Bellovin - AT&amp;T Fellow in the Network Services Research Lab</li>
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Arjen Lentz - Technical Writer - MySQL Documentation Team</li>
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Theo de Raadt - Project Lead OpenBSD Project</li>
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Bdale Garbee - Linux CTO for Hewlett Packard</li>
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Anton Koren - Manager Development - eTrust Directory - Computer Associates</li>
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Michael Paddon - Qualcomm</li>
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Angus MacDonald - CTO Sun Microsystems Australia</li>
</ul>
An updated full conference programme is now available online <a href="http://www.auug.org.au/events/2004/auug2004/conf-programme.html">http://www.auug.org.au/events/2004/auug2004/conf-programme.html</a>.
The speaker list now includes David Oram from Centrelink with the presentation
"Linux at Centrelink; Identity and Access Management at Centrelink".
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
dinner.
<b>Key Partners in the event include:</b> Computer Associates, Sun Microsystems,
Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Sophos, IBM, Silicon Breeze/Linux Jewellery,
AARNet, AJUG, ISOC-AU, Computerworld and Builder AU.
"AUUG2004 - Who Are You?" will be held at the Duxton Hotel, Melbourne
1 - 3 September 2004. Conference programme and speaker topics are available
at http://www.auug.org.au/events/2004/auug2004/
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).
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<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="http://www.auug.org.au/">http://www.auug.org.au/</a>
<br/>Previous AUUG press releases can be viewed at <a href="http://www.auug.org.au/publications/press/">http://www.auug.org.au/publications/press/</a>
</p><blockquote>AUUG Inc.
<br/>PO Box 7071
<br/>Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2153
<br/>Australia
<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="mailto:auug@auug.org.au">auug@auug.org.au</a>
<br/>ABN 15 645 981 718</blockquote>
<b>Press Contact</b>
<br/>Gordon Hubbard
<br/>Treasurer, AUUG Inc.
<br/>&lt;<a href="mailto:Gordon.Hubbard@auug.org.au">Gordon.Hubbard@auug.org.au</a>&gt;
<br/>Tel: 02 9659 9590
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