The CFP for my favorite Linux conference, linux.conf.au, closes on Friday. That means if you want all the fabulous perks of a speaker at LCA (no sarcasm here!), you need to send in your talk proposal by Friday. I mean, how many conferences take all their speakers on a sunset dinner cruise past the Sydney Opera house?
If you’re not sure whether to submit a talk, go ahead and submit one anyway. If you are worried about expenses, LCA organizers put together a (limited, small) travel fund to help cover expenses for some speakers. They also go to a lot of effort to find inexpensive lodging options in addition to the usual corporate hotel rooms.
LCA is still worth attending for even the most jaded open-source globe-trotter. I have a box full of conference badges (literally); out of all these conferences, LCA ranks first or second in nearly every category: technical content, quality of talks, professional organization, networking opportunities, speaker perks, nice people, fun parties, beautiful location, low cost. If you are organizing or planning a conference, you should attend LCA at least once just to see how well it can be done.