[Linux-aus] Grant Application #2
dtnguyen at ecr.mu.oz.au
Sun May 18 00:18:02 UTC 2003
On Sun, 18 May 2003, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> <quote who="Dai_Thai NGUYEN">
> > Do we really need a LA Committee?
> As Linux Australia, Inc. is an incorporated association, yes, we do.
> > The beauty of Linux is its ability to allow people from any background to
> > be able to contribute is it not? Having a hierarchal structure hinders
> > this in my opinion.
> Why so? Most major Open Source projects have incorporated associations
> backing them up with the 'real world' stuff (ie. money). Debian (SPI),
> Apache (Apache Foundation), GNOME (GNOME Foundation), etc. Generally, these
> organisations are explicitly designed to be independent of development
> That said, there is a natural heirarchy in most functioning Open Source /
> Free Software projects regardless of legal issues such as incorporation.
I suppose this has something to do with my upbringing. I've never really
trusted beureaucrats/politicians and I doubt that I ever will. Even when I
have been involved in administration/management I've found that internal
bickering between contrasting personalities leads to counter productivity.
Anyway, as long as it works.
> > What would they do anyway?
> s/would/do... They carry out the objectives of the organisation:
That's one heck of a constitution. I saw that members were supposed to
meet regularly. Who would pay for travel?
> > Also, shouldn't there be some sort of democratic vote? How would this
> > work?
> The LA committee is democratically elected as per the constitution.
Could you please tell me who votes for them?
> However, don't be under the impression that 'proper' FOSS projects are in
> any way democratic. Most are powerfully non-democratic.
> - Jeff
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