[LCA2015-Chat] LCA 2015 Keynote Session - Q&A with Linus Torvalds

Cherie Ellis cherie.ellis at lca2015.linux.org.au
Thu Dec 4 12:08:11 EST 2014

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Torvalds at LinuxCon Europe 2014

Way, way back in 2003, at LCA in Perth, there was a Q&A session with Linus
Torvalds, Bdale Garbee and Andrew Tridgell.  It’s time for a follow-up so
at LCA 2015 in Auckland it’s going to happen!

The Q&A session is scheduled for 09:00 am Friday, 16 January 2015 and will
be moderated by Bdale Garbee with the assistance of Andrew Tridgell.

Helsinki-born Linus, who simply calls himself a Software Engineer, was the
principle force behind developing the Linux kernel. It all started from an
initial usenet posting in August of 1991 and made what has proved to be a
historic debut with the release of version 1.0 on March 14 1994.

In June 2003 Linus started working for Open Source Development Labs. After
merging with the Free Standards Group it became the Linux Foundation where
Linus continues to work as the project’s coordinator and is Chief Architect
of the Linux kernel.

In 2005, after criticism for for his use and alleged advocacy of BitKeeper,
proprietary software for version-control in the Linux kernel, Linus wrote a
free-software replacement for BitKeeper called GIT which is now the most
widely-adopted version-control system for software development.

Linus is an accomplished diver and in 2011, frustrated with the lack of
decent divelog software on Linux, he developed Subsurface (
http://subsurface-divelog.org/) an Open Source divelog program that runs on
Windows, Mac and Linux.

We know that there are a number of beautiful diving spots not too far from

The LCA 2015 Auckland team would like to thank the Linux Foundation for
their assistance in making this possible.

Cherie Ellis
Chairpersonlinux.conf.au 2015
+64 21 293 9746
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