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Monday, 12 December 2011 09:18

Drupal conference comes to Melbourne

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The weekend of January 14-15 promises to be quite a busy one for free and open source software enthusiasts in Australia with a second conference to run on those days.


Drupal Downunder, a conference for users of this particular content management system, will be held at the Jasper Hotel in the heart of Melbourne on this weekend, with a day of tutorials and workshops being held on the Friday.

Drupal Downunder is the second such FOSS conference being held that weekend; as reported in these columns, AdaCamp, organised by the Ada Initiative, will be held on January 14.

As with AdaCamp, the Drupal conference will aim to attract people heading to the 13th Australian national Linux conference, which is scheduled to be held from January 16 to 20 in Ballarat, a regional Victorian town about two hours from Melbourne.

This is the second Drupal Downunder conference, with the inaugural one having been held in Brisbane this year. The Brisbane conference was inspired by Drupal South, a conference which was held after the LCA of 2010 in Wellington.

The main conference will be held on January 14 and 15, from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. Conference organiser Donna Benjamin, who ran the Linux conference in Melbourne in 2008, has drawn up a very comprehensive FAQ which answers practically every possible question that can spring to mind.

Conference charges are $220 (early bird), $275 (full price) and $121 (students).

There will be three keynotes, with Drupal creator Dries Buytaert, well-known Drupal developer Dmitri Gaskin, and accessibility expert Gian Wild to do the honours.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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