After looking at all of the Conf organisers on Planet LinuxAus mentioning that registration is now open, I suspected that a few people would like to hear from non-Conf-organisers who had registered.
The value I found in earlier LCAs made attendance pretty much inevitable, despite having to cross the country — in fact, go almost as far as New Zealand from here — and stay away from work for more than a week.
As well as the voluminous raw information to hand there, you will also find the real, original authors of great (& famous within our universe) software standing around in person where you can ask them questions & (on a good day :-) get real answers.
On top of this, there are many “less shiny” people & some real characters kicking about, providing a steady (well, in some ways) antithesis for boredom & idleness.
Come along, spend some time interacting, go home bursting with motivation & information. It’s not a perfect world, but this is one of the useful parts, set right here in Oz. (-: