Open Source Forum 'Linux on the Desktop'

Linux Australia, in collaboration with the Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) and the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre (a research and policy centre at UNSW Law Faculty), is proud to announce another Open Source Forum.

The idea of the Open Source Forums is to have open discussion about current topics with a range of speakers. This allows participants a better chance of finding the middle ground amongst the hype. The first Open Source Forum late last year was on software patents, and we had lawyers, developers, industry speakers and more. The event went very well and we are looking forward to some open discussion this year.


Thursday, 3 March 2005


12:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Room 4.10, Level 4
Building 2
Broadway NSW




Linux Distribution representatives

Four Linux distributions representatives will have 15 minutes each to define where they are relevant, what their differentiators are and perhaps a success story or two to illustrate the point. Hopefully this will clarify the Linux on the Desktop strategy for each vendor and how relevant they see Linux on the Desktop in the short, medium and long term.

  • Greg Kieser - Novell
  • Dean Samuels - Red Hat
  • James Eagleton - Sun
  • Jeff Waugh - Canonical

Marc Englaro, Si2

Si2 work with many Linux distributions and specialise in the desktop. Marc will give an overview as to how he uses the different distributions, and how he has seen Linux on the Desktop mature over the last few years. Is it suitable for corporate environments? Are enough enterprise applications available? What are some local success stories or failures? Find out!

Attendance is free, and a light lunch will be provided. We look forward to your participation.


RSVP: Please reply to: pia (at)
with Subject: "[RSVP] OS Forum: Desktop"


We are aiming to run these every 2 months and are open to suggestions for topics.
Please send any suggestions to pia [at]