Melbourne to host 2008

Posted by daria42 on Aug 8, 2006 9:53 AM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay
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Melbourne will host the conference in 2008, the event's organisers announced today.

The conference, organised by the nation's peak open source body Linux Australia (LA), has since 1999 brought pre-eminent open source developers Down Under for a week-long technical conference once a year. Previous attendees have included Linux creator Linus Torvalds, UK-based kernel hacker Alan Cox and local Samba creator Andrew Tridgell.

"This year the [venue] decision was particularly tough, with well-presented bids from Melbourne and Hobart," LA president Jonathon Oxer said in an e-mailed statement. "Both proposals contained a lot of flair, and Hobart as a potential destination was definitely a draw card for many people."

But Oxer added the venue selection committee thought the Melbourne proposal was "more well developed".

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