Conference encourages Linux in the bathroom

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Australia's biggest Linux conference will kick off next week and the organiser has promised that attendees will get a lesson in how to control and monitor everyday objects -- including a toilet flush -- using the open source operating system.

Linux.conf.au, which will be held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney between 15-20 January, will feature presentations and tutorials from various open source software experts including Dr Andrew Stuart Tanenbaum and Jonathan Oxer, president of the conferences' organising body Linux Australia.

On the third day, Oxer will be presenting a talk titled Making Things Move: Finding Inappropriate Uses for Scripting Languages, which he said will include live demonstrations on how to hack everyday objects and then control them using software.

"I am going to try and show how to use skills and techniques that programmers already have and to link real world devices together," Oxer told ZDNet Australia in a telephone interview.

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