(The call for participation is also available in plain text and PDF formats.)

UKUUG's annual Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) conference will take place in the historic city of Durham on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March 2006.

This is the UK's only conference aimed specifically at systems and network administrators. It attracts a large number of professionals from sites of all shapes and sizes. As well as the technical talks, the conference provides a friendly environment for delegates to meet, learn, and enjoy lively debate on a host of subjects.


The conference will be preceded by a half-day tutorial or extended workshop. Recent past conferences have included sessions on: Perl for Systems Administrators; IPv6; Linux HA; Perl 6. If you would like to offer a tutorial that might interest our target audience, please submit a proposal.

Systems Administration Stream

If you are a systems administrator, we want to hear from you! We are seeking papers covering all aspects of systems and network administration:

  • operating systems
  • security and audit
  • ethics and legislative compliance
  • storage solutions
  • network file systems
  • databases and directory services
  • authentication and authorisation
  • nomadic and wireless computing
  • benchmarking and performance tuning
  • configuration management
  • scripting and task automation
  • cluster management

If you have a novel solution to a problem, experience of a particular application or hardware platform, tips and tricks for fellow systems administrators, or a favourite tool you could talk about, please submit a paper for consideration by the programme committee.

BSD MiniCon

We are also soliciting papers on the BSD family of operating systems for a series of talks to run in parallel to the main LISA stream. If you are a BSD developer or have in-depth technical knowledge you would like to share with the community, please consider submitting a paper. We would also be interested in talks covering practical applications of BSD, tips and tricks, and introductory talks for users new to BSD.

Best Paper

The programme committee will also award a prize for the Best Paper submitted to the conference proceedings. The winner will receive £125 worth of O'Reilly books, and the runner-up £75 of O'Reilly books.

Significant Dates

Closing date for abstracts
23rd December 2005
Authors notified
9th January 2006
Programme published
16th January 2006
Final papers due
20th February 2006

Method of Submission

Please submit a short autobiography and an initial abstract of 250-500 words via our online form. Talks should normally last 45 minutes (including questions and answers). There will also be slots available for extended talks of 60 minutes and lightning talks of 15 minutes.

You do not have to be a member of UKUUG to submit a paper, and submissions from speakers outside the UK are welcome. Potential speakers may request further information from spring2006@ukuug.org.

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