[Announce] December update, and a very happy holidays to all
Linux Australia President
president at linux.org.au
Mon Dec 24 20:05:34 AEDT 2018
Firstly on behalf of the Council we hope that this message finds you
happy, healthy and enjoying the holidays - but perhaps not so much the
heat that is visiting upon much of the country - stay safe and cool.
This is our last communication for 2018, and there's quite a lot to get
through, so without further ado, our December update!
Declaration of election, Council positions available and call
for Agenda items for AGM
It may be dry and boring for most people, but as an Incorporated
Association, there are a few bits and pieces that legally we need to do
to be compliant - and to govern effectively. Chief among these are the
election of a new Council, as Council terms are 12 months, and expire in
January. You can read more about nominating from Council on our new
Several Council members, myself included, are not standing for
re-election, for various reasons. At the time of writing, we have zero
(0) nominations for President or Vice President, and only two
nominations for three OCM positions. Without these positions nominated
and filled, Linux Australia Council as a team, and Linux Australia as an
organisation, is less likely to be as effective as it has been in recent
years. If there's something you would like Linux Australia to be working
on, now's your chance to put up your hand and make it happen!
Nominations close 30th December, make sure you nominate soon.
The election this year is being run through our new website.
Specifically, it's running a custom-written Voting module for CiviCRM -
a previous email had the link to the open source code if anyone wants to
We've done our best to bring over accounts from MemberDB and to merge
duplicates, but if you can't log in to the new website Member Area to
nominate or vote, then let me know, or use the Contact Form on the
website. We've still got quite a few inquiries to respond to, so thanks
in advance for your patience.
Our wonderful Secretary Sae Ra has recently sent out information about
our upcoming AGM, including a call for agenda items. Please let her know
if there are any items you wish to be added to the agenda.
This year's AGM also contains a proposed constitutional change. Our
excellent Treasurer Russell has previously outlined the reason for the
proposed change, and the method to suggest amendments. The election for
this will be set up shortly in the Member Area of the new website shortly.
New website and membership system
Thanks to everyone who's already jumped in and had a look around, and
for the feedback we've already received. We'll be tweaking the website
to respond to feedback over the next few weeks, and will gradually be
adding more content, such as the Council minutes. Again, if you have any
issues, let me know, or use the Contact Forum on the website to let us
If you have images available under a CC license that you would like to
be featured on the site, let me know - we picked a few great ones - but
we know there's lot of great images out there of Linux Australia events,
so let us know.
Equally, if we've used a CC image of yours, and you're not comfortable
with this, we'll take it down.
There is still time to register! It will be awesome! Get on it!
Linux Australia sponsors Open Hardware Miniconf at linux.conf.au
The Open Hardware folks - Andy Gelme, Jon Oxer, and many others working
behind the scenes, have something Very Special planned this year to
celebrate 10 years of Open Hardware Miniconf. In order to both encourage
diversity of attendance at OHMC, and to keep the price point around $AUD
100, Linux Australia has sponsored the OHMC up to $AUD 4k.
Call for bids for LCA2021 extended to end of December
We've extended the Call for bids for LCA2021 to, whelp, Sunday night! So
if you're thinking of making a bid, get in super super quick.
Again, very best wishes for the holidays,
0418 130 636
president at linux.org.au
Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001
ABN 56 987 117 479
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