We are four students at Oregon State University
that successfully raised almost $10000 so that we could attend the best free/open source software conference in the world
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The opportunity to go to Australia to learn and promote open source
doesn't come up all that often for the average college student.
With Alex and Brandon graduating this spring, sealing off their
legacy, and Justin and Mike just starting to swim in the deep end
of the open source pool, linux.conf.au
will provide an
excellent experience for all of us. Can you help us
make it happen?
Brandon started using Linux when he discovered building mobile
robots on commercial desktop operating systems was dangerous.
Since then he has been active in the community and worked for
the Open Source Lab at OSU, NASA, and IBM's Linux Technology
philips hopes to attend...
how everybody gets file IO wrong, clustering tdb, Garbage Collection in LogFS
philips hopes to meet...
File systems developers and Kernel hackers
Mr. Burns' charisma (and patches) helped to develop a home for
OLPC development at OSU. Currently, he is working to port
tinymail to OLPC's Sugar interface to create a suitable mail
client for the project. His greatest hope is to see toilets
flush in reverse.
mburns hopes to attend...
How the OLPC Machine Was Designed, Routing and IPSEC Lookup
Scaling in the Linux Kernel
mburns hopes to meet...
Jim Gettys and other OLPC contributors
Justin made headlines, on olpcnews.com, for finishing a
port of AbiWord to the OLPC Sugar interface. While working on
this project he made a startling discovery: spending a weekend
hacking is superior to spending that weekend on homework.
Recently he took a developer position at the OSU Open Source
Lab where he will continue his rain of patches.
jirwin hopes to attend...
Making NFS Suck Faster,
GNU/Linux on handheld gaming devices,
How the OLPC Machine Was Designed
jirwin hopes to meet...
Val Henson, Jim Gettys and other free software heros
Polvi drank the free software kool-aid a little over 3 years
ago, when he joined the Open Source Lab at OSU. Ever since, he
has been hooked. He spent a year with Mozilla where he tried
to take back the web. After Mozilla, he took a job with Google
as a wannabe Kernel Hacker. Now he works at the Open Source
Education Lab, a resource for students involved with free
polvi hopes to attend...
Linux kernel hacker generations, Let's Build the Real Time Internet, Promoting open source projects, among others
polvi hopes to meet...
People interested in free software beyond the code
As for material things....
Yup, we're going to bring a Tux on a RC hummer, a free software
sweater (girl not included), and some OLPC hardware.
All hardware aside, we will bring the same tact that has had us
patch all night, build a Firefox crop circle, and create
successful free software organizations.
We need the most help with airfare. Each ticket is roughly
equivalent to a term of tuition. On top of airfare, we budgeted
enough for each of us to stay in a dorm room. However, we would
also be willing to take donations of couches or other subsidized
housing. Finally, we added a tiny bit in for unrealized costs
during the trip.
- Airfare (cheaper if bought now): $2195 x 4 people = $8780
- Lodging (donated!): $30 x 6 nights x 4 people = $720
- Conference fee: $77 x 4 people = $308
- The rest: $8 x 6 days x 4 people = $192
- Total: $10000
All prices in USD. We estimated the airfare using student travel
websites. Lodging is sort of up in the air too, as we cannot get
the exact number until we book it.
- Bryan Philips - $121
- David Symons - $20
- Ed Ray - $119
- Curt Pederson - $100
- BitWagon, LLC - $20
- Lance Benson - $20
- Umakanth Puppala - $20
- PDPC - $500
- Dr. Budd - $200
- Daryll Henrich - $100
- Michael Kedzierski - $100
- Chris McCormick - $20
- Trent Lathiat Lloyd - $50
- David Brown - $50
- Mike Shaver - $100
- Carsten Giessmann - $100
- Ben Kaufman - $20
- Matthew Duncombe - $20
- Stefan Iaru - $20
- Arnd Bergmann - $20
- Paul Wayper - $40
- skierpage - $20
- Chris Enquist - $20
- Nat Friedman - $200
- Matthew Philmon - $20
- gregor herrmann - $15
- Doug Wolfgram - $100
- Kremena Diatchka - $20
- Glynn Foster - $100
- Robert Love - $200
- Emily Nashife - $50
- Ruud Steltenpool - $20
- Lindsay Holmwood - $100
- Adam Petty - $50
- David Clatfelter - $100
- Jessica O'Brien - $100
- Tony Pott - $100
- Jeff Barr, developer of Syndic8.com - $120
- SCALE 5x, the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo - $25
- James Hall - $25
- Mark Cross - $20
- H Vellanki - $20
- Francisco Guimaraes - $20
- John Frandolig - $12
- Chris Crowe - $10
- Jeffery Smith - $10
- Nicholas Ringsby - $10
- Thomas Haugen - $5
- Adam Ochonicki - $3
- Dan Frye - $250
- Micheal Marineau - $50
- Malcom Tredinnick - $100
- Kristina Skans - $50
- Andrew Tridgell - $100
- Anonymous Group of Hackers (room/board) - $720
- Hugh Blemings - $100
- Rusty Russell - $100
- Lisa Vasquez - $50
- Emily Allstot - $20
- James Morris - $20
- Justin Dow - $20
- Eric Betts - $1
- Mike Burns - $250
- Justin Gallardo - $300
- Alex Polvi - $400
- Brandon Philips - $350
You're still reading!? Great! We really could use the support.
To encourage friendly competition there are tiered sponsorship
levels. The donation will go to whom you choose or distributed
evenly if you do not have preference.
Copper(tone) - $20
We call this the coppertone level because it will be enough to
cover our sunscreen. It will be summer in AU, after all.
Aluminum Foil - $50
Lots of stuff wouldn't be fresh without aluminum foil. At this
support level you are sponsoring 1.5 nights of roof and bedding for
one of us.
Studded Silver - $100
A great way to make Benjamin smile. At this level, 1.3 of us gets
entry to the conference.
Gold and Carats - $500
That's what we're talking about! Coming in right at our monthly
living expenses, this level get all of us shelter for most of the
Iced Out Platinum - $1000
Woohoo!! This covers almost half all the costs for one of us. A
thousand puts us 1/10th closer to the goal. A HUGE step that will
not go unnoticed.
Iron - $2500
You may be thinking, "wait, iron isn't a precious metal." However,
what you are forgetting is that there is a lot of iron in blood.
Our blood! You just allowed one of us to go, everything covered.
This one doesn't get a name. If you send all of us in one fell
swoop, well, we will be speechless. We will happily create a parade
in your honor, marry your daughter, and do anything you like for
that matter. Pretty good deal for the cost of a new server, eh?
If you are serious about helping we appreciate it .. but we are covered!!
Be sure to email us
if you are sending something via snail-mail.
Or you can use paypal by clicking the fancy button below.
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Questions? Comments? Trolls? Feel free to shoot it our way
! You can also find us on irc.freenode.net in #pleasesendustolinuxconfau . Thanks!!