[clug] Fwd: [Linux-aus] CFP: LCA2021 Systems Administration Miniconf

Kathy Reid kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Tue Nov 24 22:22:13 UTC 2020

May be of interest to this list.

Best, Kathy

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Subject: 	[Linux-aus] CFP: LCA2021 Systems Administration Miniconf
Date: 	Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:18:02 +1300
From: 	Ewen McNeill via linux-aus <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>
Reply-To: 	Ewen McNeill <linux-aus at ewen.mcneill.gen.nz>
To: 	linux-aus <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>

TL;DR: LCA2021 Sysadmin Miniconf welcomes your 15-20 minute online 
presentation proposals now, via the linux.conf.au dashboard; full 
details at:


(and repeated below for your convenience). Please let your colleagues 
and friends know :-)

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LCA2021 Systems Administration Miniconf: Call for Presentations
Saturday 2021-01-23 10:45-17:30 UTC+11 at Linux.conf.au 2021, Online

Virtualisation has won! As of 2021, they have even virtualised our
Systems Administration Miniconf!

TL;DR: If you know our Miniconf, and know online presenting, you
can propose your 15-20 minute Linux-related operations talk via the
LCA2021 Dashboard *before* 2020-12-18:


We'd particularly love your 2020 War Stories!

Read on to find out more :-)


The linux.conf.au Systems Administration Miniconf returns for the
15th time as part of the very online linux.conf.au 2021, to be held
without a venue (Venueless!), online on Saturday 2021-01-23, based
in UTC+11 (AEDT -- Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on tips, tricks, tools,
and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments
both large and small. From single small servers through to 2,000
node Kubernetes Clusters.

The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like
to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the Miniconf.
Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, peers, social networks,
and other relevant mailing lists. Please help by encouraging
submissions from people you would like to hear present at this

We are open to presentations from speakers anywhere in the world,
but please be mindful of the need to present during daytime in
UTC+11 which may not be daytime in your local timezone (presenting
late at night or very early in your morning is tricky!).

More information and details of previous presentations at the Miniconf
can be found at the website:


Presentation Topics

2020 has been a surprising year, and not the least for systems
administration -- remote *everything* came with a rush, leaving
many officeless, and dependent on the Internet and video conferencing.

We would be particularly interested in talks about how 2020 has
gone for your systems, how you dealt with the rapid changes in
operating environment, and what your plans look like for a world
where touching physical hardware frequently seems increasingly unlikely.

Tell us your war stories :-) We would be very interested in 
retrospectives and "lessons learned" from the past year.

We of course also welcome the usual range of talks on systems 
technology, automation, monitoring, troubleshooting, best current 
practices and so on.

Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should
assume that members of the audience have at least a couple of years
experience in professional Linux administration (many in the
audience will have decades of experience).

Format of Presentations

Due to the online only format, and its increased demands on the AV
team, we have to fit into a more fixed structure within the LCA2021
Miniconf day. So we have less flexibility in our choice of presentations,
that usual.

We have openings for 15 and 20 minute short presentations (ie, each
approximately half of a 45-minute "session", with a 10 minute gap in

LCA2021 have indicated they have a strong preference for presentations
to be given live, which will be easier if your local time zone is
close to UTC+11 and you have an Internet connection with good upload

For accepted Miniconf speakers the LCA2021 AV Team will want to check
in with you *early* January 2021 to help ensure your presentation audio
and visuals come across as well as possible. You may wish to watch
the AV Team advice from PyConline AU 2020 to get some advanced hints on
small changes you could make to help your presentation look and sound


Submitting talks

Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the
Miniconf you must be registered (and paid up by the time the
conference happens) for the main linux.conf.au conference. Either
for the full conference (Sat/Sun/Mon), or at least for the Miniconf
day (Saturday 2021-01-23).

As a one off "online only, LCA2021 only" special we have access to a
small pool of "Miniconf Speaker" tickets, so if your employer will
not pay for your ticket and the conference cost makes it difficult
for you to attend/present please get in touch and we will see if we
can help.

To submit a talk to the LCA2021 Sysadmin Miniconf, create an account
on the LCA2021 website:


create a speaker profile, and then select "Systems Administration
Miniconf Talk" (in the "New Proposal" section of the Dashboard),
or while logged into the LCA2021 site, go directly to:


Questions should be sent to:

lca2021 at sysadmin.miniconf.org

Dates and Deadlines

To encourage early submissions, priority (both of inclusion and
scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted by 23:59 (AoE
-- ie any time zone) on Sunday 6 December 2020. If you have a good
presentation idea, please let us know early, even if you need time
to finalise the presentation abstract.

2020-12-06 - Deadline for early submissions
2020-12-11 - early acceptances
2020-12-18 - Deadline for all submissions
2020-12-21 - final acceptances
2020-12-24 - LCA2021 Sysadmin Miniconf initial programme published
2021-01-21 - LCA2021 Sysadmin Miniconf held (Online, UTC+11)

Contact and Questions

Please see our website at https://sysadmin.miniconf.org for more
information on the miniconf, past presentations and presenting at it.

If you have any questions please feel free to email the organisers at:

lca2021 at sysadmin.miniconf.org
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