- Hobart Conference 2009 Opens Call for Papers has announced the opening of the call for papers on

Friday 4th July 2008, giving the open source software community the

chance to present at one of the world's premier technical conferences.

Hobart TAS, Australia-- (4th July 2008) ---- The call for papers will

remain open for a month, after which the best papers will be selected

by an expert panel.

Ben Powell, President of the Tasmanian Linux Users Group, says the

10th annual is expected to attract influential speakers

from the international and local technical Linux and Open Source


This is the first time that the conference has been held in Hobart

and given the unique location, and that it is celebrating its 10th

anniversary this year, we expect to see significant interest from

local and international speakers and delegates, said Mr Powell.

It is expected that over 100 speakers will be chosen to present at the

Hobart conference from a large pool of international and local


The conference provides a unique opportunity for Tasmanians to

discuss their ideas on an international stage, and for business to

support IT innovation, said Mr Powell.

“This year's Linux conference is expected to bring 700 delegates to

the Tasmania to enjoy one of Australia's premiere technical

conferences, with presentations by many of the leading experts in free

and open source software.

The conference also provides an opportunity to showcase Tasmania to

the world's technical community, with many delegates keen to take in

Tasmania's famous food, wine and beautiful scenery during their stay.

Previous years' conferences have seen up to 100 influential

international and national speakers from major IT companies and

projects, with submissions for the opportunity to speak at Australia's

internationally renowned event growing every year, said Mr Powell.

The conference will also present the best of open source software with

presentations, displays and hands-on demonstrations at the conference

free public Open Day for the Tasmanian technical industry and general


We expect to see a number of our own local speakers feature in the

lineup, so this will be a great opportunity for our own IT community

to really shine on the international stage, said Mr Powell., the National Linux Conference, will be held January

19-24 in Hobart at the University of Tasmania. More information about

the paper submission process can be found at

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