[Linux-aus] Nomination: Jeff Waugh
jdub at perkypants.org
Sun Jan 4 12:23:02 UTC 2004
I'd like to nominate for a general committee member position. I'm doing this
because there is very little time before nominations close, and there have
been very few nominations so far - most alarmingly from current committee
members. My commitments are largely elsewhere, but Linux Australia needs to
have another successful, thriving year to really get things rolling, and it
can't do that without a committee.
If there aren't enough nominations posted so that you end up having to vote
for me, here's why I'd be at least useful for Linux Australia:
* I have experience in non-profit Free Software related organisations,
internationally as a Director of the GNOME Foundation, and in the
Australian community as a former President of the Sydney Linux User's
* I play an active role in organisations that I commit to. While I have
other commitments, were I elected to the LA committee, I would not be
half-arsed about it. (Read: Don't vote for me, but if you have to, I
won't let you down.)
* I grok linux.conf.au, and feel strongly that even as the LA committee
becomes more relevant and active, linux.conf.au organisation should be
firmly in the hands of the local, volunteer (!) teams as it has been in
the past. I was on the linux.conf.au 2001 organising team. Oh, actually,
I would get militant if anyone started futzing around with the no-caps
thing. I know that's a topical issue, so I probably shouldn't alienate
potential voters here by saying that I will guzzle their blood like
electrolyte replacement sports drink if they spell it any other way.
* LA needs to set dramatically new standards of operation and expectations
of transparency and performance to what we have seen in the past (and to
a lesser extent, in the last year). While I believe it is certainly on
the right track, LA needs to be accountable to the .au Free Software
community, transparent in its operations, open to contribution, and in
constant communication with interested individuals (linux-aus@) and the
user groups around the country (lug@). LA has had a year of fixing so
far: let's make sure the right standards and traditions are in place to
have a satisfying organisation in the future.
* Once LA gets out of its introspective fixage stage, it would help to
have some points on the direction and strategy board ready to go. Some
time spent working on that - plus expressing it and getting feedback
from the community - would be a good idea this year.
* I seldom wear pants, and do not say 'mate'.
Bottom line: I don't want to be on the committee. I would like to contribute
to Linux Australia in other ways. But if there aren't enough nominations, I
would be a reasonably good, caring and active person to default to.
linux.conf.au 2004: Adelaide, Australia http://lca2004.linux.org.au/
Two words: Japanese technofetishism.
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