Rusty Russell was the auctioneer. Now I didn't get to hear Rusty speak at this conference, but I definitely knew who he was. Back in the office in Brisbane we were discussing Australia's disproportionate contribution to open source globally and we were running through the hometown heroes. mkearey, who like a few others at Red Hat used to do networking in university dorms, and is my personal recourse for all things iptables related, gave props to Rusty Russell.
Rusty was amazing, a master of theatre - even managing a Shakespeare quote at one point of the show. The item being auctioned was a copy of John Lions' Guide to version 6 of Unix, with source code, signed by Linus Torvalds, Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and a number of other open source superstars. The auction went for an hour, and by the end of it a cartel had bid $10,000 for the book, as well as:
- Jeff Waugh shaving off his hair
- A mention for whoever they nominate (Miguel de Icaza? <- joke!) in the About dialog of KDE 4
- Naming rights on the upcoming Planet 1.0 release
- Dave Miller shaving off his beard and moustache
- Russell Coker growing a beard for the next LCA
- Groggy Greg shaving off his beard
- A mention in the release notes of MySQL 5.1
- 8 bug fixes of their choice in KDE
Linux Australia is matching the $10,000 from the auction, and Usenix is matching that total - for a grand total of $40,000 raised toward the UNSW John Lions Chair.
Benno got up and explained that the cartel was formed of ex-UNSW students who studied in the culture established by John Lions in his 23 years as a professor there, and that they felt so strongly about it that they wanted to contribute back to that culture.
I left with a lot of the LCA massive just before midnight. The keynote tomorrow morning is Mark Shuttleworth speaking on "How to Improve Collaboration Between Open Source Projects". Mercifully it doesn't start until 10 am. I'm getting pretty worn out. I don't drink alcohol, and I can't understand how other people are managing with the late nights and the intense, action-packed days, and drinking at night. Amazing.
The guys running this event must be rushed off their feet. There is so much on. And it's just not possible to catch all of it. I missed Ajax's talk on X memory management, and Carl Worth's Cairo tutorial.