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Tux vs. PPC64 Assembly

I had the best of intentions when it came to blogging LCA, but it’s easy to forget just how all-consuming it can be. (I haven’t read a newspaper for a week, either.) So, instead of making up for it with a deathly dull four page blow-by-blow account, I’ll just jot down a few feelings now that I’m back in Perth and then stop breaking Planet LCA once and for all.

I thought the programme this year was outstanding. Every talk I attended rocked in some way, whether from the point of view of cool hackery (Nouveau), usefulness (Eat My Data), or sometimes sheer chaotic entertainment (x86 Hypervisors). HackFest was also really, really good fun, and I ended up with a completely unexpected little toy to bring home, pictured below. (The LCA 2006 key ring/bottle opener is for scale.) Congratulations to Stephen Thorne, too, who really, really deserved to win after attempting five more of the problems than I did.


Tux at HackFest
Plus, even Tux finds HackFest cool enough to attend!

Otherwise, the experience is really the key. While I could go a long time without hearing Good morning, freedom lovers! again, LCA’s such an insane, overwhelming experience that you can never really get much more than a taste. As with every other year, though, I’ve found myself coming home with lots of things to try, lots of things to work on, some new people to annoy talk to on IRC — and, ultimately, just having learned more in a week than I would have in 51 weeks at the office through attending talks and talking to people who are way, way smarter than I am.

Now I just have to look forward to Mel8ourne — only 373 days to go!

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