The Conference

LinuxConf [ZA] 2021 is a conference aimed at the Linux and Open Source community within Southern Africa. It provides anyone working on or with Linux and Open Source tools & applications, or with a passion for Open Source development, to discover new trends, network with like-minded individuals, irrespective of whether the attendees are developers, system or database administrators, or anyone else working with Linux and Open Source applications.

Topics covered at the conference will range from Linux Kernel and OS, Linux Distributions, Containers, Virtualisation, System Administration, Open Source Applications, Networking and Development Environments.

This year we will also be including NetConf, a new network conference, as part of LinuxConf [ZA] and have a separate track of talks focussing on networking.

LinuxConf [ZA] takes place in the same week as PostgresConf South Africa, the PostgreSQL database conference, and PyConZA, the Python programming conference.

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Call for Papers

The call for papers for LinuxConf [ZA] 2021 is now open. Proposals can be for any topic within the Linux and Open Source enviroment, covering any skill level and application. If it is Open Source or Linux-based, the proposal will be considered.

If you are doing something interesting with Linux or an Open Source application, feel free to submit a proposal. If you have something interesting to talk about relating to Linux kernel development, that too will be considered. Proposals pertaining to migrating from one Operating System or platform are also suitable topics.

A proposal can essentially cover any topic, as long as it is either Linux or Open Source based.

You can submit either a 40 minute talk, a longer workshop session of 1.5 to 6 hours, or any combination.

As we're streaming the talks online, speakers will have the option to present their talk live or to submit a pre-recorded talk that is streamed instead while they're available online to answer any questions that may arise.

Submitting more than one talk is recommended, but not compulsory. Having multiple talks to choose from allows us to select the best balance of talks for the conference.

People with accepted talk submissions (aka speakers) will get a complimentary ticket to the conference.

The current timelines for submissions is as follows:

1 July 2021
Submissions open
31 August 2021
Submissions close

Buy Tickets

Or you can buy the tickets directly from our Quicket page.

If you are a student, please send us an email from your email address and give us proof that you're currently a student, and we'll send you a code to get an awesome discount on your ticket price.

Buying a ticket for one of the conferences in Open Source Week will qualify you for a discount on a ticket to any of the other conferences in the week. If you already bought a ticket for one of the other conferences, but didn't get a code, please send us an email


Gold sponsor

Silver sponsor

LinuxConf [ZA] offers a number of sponsorship opportunities for your organisation to connect and interact with IT professionals in Southern Africa across multiple disciplines, all with an interest in Linux, Open Source products and networking.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please download our Sponsorship Information document or get in touch with us.


LinuxConf [ZA] 2021 will be held entirely online this year.

The links for accessing the talks/workshops will be sent out just before the conference.

Code of Conduct

LinuxConf [ZA] is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.