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

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Tue Mar 2 07:37:01 UTC 2004

On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 09:48:26AM +1030, Brenda Aynsley wrote:
> are you kidding, incorporation costs about $125 dollars and model 
> constitutions abound?  Unless we were doing something really special one of 
> these constitutions would suffice - that's how both waia and saia came 
> about :-).  Of course an incorporated body can be held more easily 
> accountable for its actions, than an unincorporated body - and be sued as a 
> result but we can also arrange insurance cover for its directors more 
> easily.  Most governments wont deal with unincorporated groups, and I am 
> actually gob-smacked that the Vic government actually gave OSV, as an 
> unincorporated entity, money.  This runs counter to everything I've ever 
> known about governmental behaviour.

And yet, they did ;-)

The issue had probably more to do with the effort involved in 'planting &
gardening and weeding' an incorported body, as opposed to just getting on
with the work we are supposed to be doing, which is exactly what we've

> [snip]
> >
> >
> >I guess that would be up to the group at that time. Obviously, if there's
> >a groundwell of interest in keeping it going, so be it. However, I think
> >our best possible exit-strategy is that in 2010 (a mere 6 years away) we
> >will no longer need to exist, as FOSS will be omnipresent and totally
> >accepted by industry & government, as a fundamental and viable platform.
> >
> >
> It may not exist for the reasons we claim at present but that doesnt mean 
> it might not morph into something else which can benefit from the history 
> and reputation which OSIA would have accrued by then in order to carry out 
> its mission.

Of course. No one can foretell. I'm not suggesting that it's a fait 
accompli that this organisation should sunset in 6 years, but that we 
should keep in mind that it's our goals which are important, not the 
organisation nor the politics within the organisation.


> However I think we will make inroads in the 6 years envisaged but the job 
> will not be over by a long shot IMHO.

ack ;-)

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