[Osia-discuss] Re: [Linux-aus] MEDIA RELEASE: Open Source Industry Australia - National Body Launched

Hugh Madden hugh at openstrategy.com.au
Tue Mar 2 05:24:02 UTC 2004

I really like the workshop idea targeted at IT managers.

The workshop[s] should cover items such as:
-high availability
-backups and disaster recovery
-what is clustering and what kinds of clustering can be used?
-configuration management and the system release cycle
-system hardening and intrusion detection
-server consolidation

I think these are the sorts of topics we could illustrate extremely well
in a workshop, and they appeal to perhaps a more interesting market.

Best Regards,
Hugh Madden 

On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 23:37, Del wrote:
> > There is already a very close inter-operation between the various groups. 
> > I don't see any advantage in wielding heavy paperwork machinery.
> As long as there's some kind of understanding in place.  I see
> a potential for each group to tread on the others' toes, even
> if only being seen to do so in the marketplace.
> >>The topic of installfests and/or commercial Linux trade shows has been
> >>bantered about the community again (I just posted to the SLUG activities
> >>list on it).  Is this something that LA and OSIA can work together on?
> > 
> > Installfests are very much an LA/LUG/AUUG thing. It's something they know,
> > understand and have experience in. We're happy to assist/advertise/market
> > any such event and encourage OSIA members who are not already LA/LUG/AUUG
> > members to volunteer assistance.
> I'm not talking about the type of home user LUG based installfest.
> Here's what Microsoft do (having seen them do it).
> Grab a group of 20 or so IT managers, IT support staff, tech
> types.  Get around a table.  Install the latest Windows XP/200*
> pre-release or whatever on a bunch of machines, and explain
> the features.  Go through setting up ADS, replicating LDAP
> services around the network, setting up DNS and DHCP, etc.
> Do some sales pitch.
> It's an effective tactic, and not one I think the LUGs are
> appropriately staffed to deal with.  It's something that could
> be done in the guise of an installfest, however on an entirely
> different scale and with a different target audience.
> > OSIA is presently not incorporated. It may become incorporated if its 
> > members decided that that is a good idea at some time in the future. 
> Personally I have issues dealing with unincorporated associations.
> It's the reason I haven't felt the need to be involved with
> http://www.oic.org/ and their Linux/Open Source seminar series.
> Apart from the fact that it appeared to be a self-promotion
> exercise on the part of the organisers (who were obviously trying
> to sell something).
> However I'll raise it as an issue when the time comes.
> And I'm unwilling to see OSIA just fold when people have achieved
> the goal of gaining greater Linux acceptance in the marketplace.
> I've felt for a long time that there's needed to be an industry
> body of this type, and NSW doesn't have an equivalent of OSV
> or SLPWA.
Hugh Madden
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