Sun Microsystems will support the Australian Linux community by sponsoring the linux.conf.au 2004 regional delegate program in which one person from each Australian state and territory being flown to Adelaide to attend linux.conf.au 2004.
Sun will fund the accommodation, professional conference registration, and a ticket to the conference dinner for each of the selected delegates in the program valued at more than $15,000.
Sun joins HP and the University of Adelaide as Gold sponsors of the event, which will be held at The University of Adelaide from Monday January 12 to Saturday January 17, 2004.
Oracle has taken out a platinum sponsorship and IBM is the leading or “Penguin” sponsor of Linux.Conf.Au 2004 which is organised by Linux Australia with help from Linux SA.
Ian Loxton from South Australia was awarded a place in Perth at last year’s regional delegate program and described the experience as “fabulous”.
"Going to Perth was a fabulous experience, it changed my whole attitude to Linux and open source," Loxton said. "The network is incredible. The ALLIES mailing list, in particular, brings together those interested in fostering the use of Linux in education. Even curriculum notes have been shared for trial in other schools via this community."
Sun’s support of Linux has been steadily gaining momentum with the company shipping products that carry both the Solaris operating system and Linux distributions from Red Hat and SuSE.
Sun’s director of infrastructure solutions and software Duncan Bennet said Sun founded itself on open source using BSD and that the company believes open-source development can foster a wellspring of innovation."
"We use and contribute a massive amount of code to open source, and at the same time, we continue to innovate using our own intellectual property,” he said. “This dual strategy is complementary to the Linux movement and at the same time serves the specific needs of our customers.”
Applications for the Sun regional delegate program close at the end of October and can be lodged through Linux user group around the nation. Judging criteria varies between groups but includes contribution to Linux adoption or development and takes into account the financial resources of applicants, according to Sun.