[Linux-aus] With elections coming up soon I thought I'd post a few ideas

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Sat Dec 3 10:16:09 UTC 2005


> <snip NZ bit>
> I think this isn't only a question of what we want, would the NZ LUGs
> be happy to be under an Australian banner? I'm chatting to Matt about
> this too atm, and I personally think that it makes more sense for
> there to be a Linux NZ (or FOSS NZ, or whatever!) and for us to work
> closely with them on regional issues. I know that as a SLUG person
> (Sydney LUG) I probably wouldn't be comfortable coming under the
> banner of an overseas national FOSS org, so why would their LUGs feel
> that way? Our national FTA, ICT industry and other issues are closely
> tied in with what the government and Aussie industry is doing, and we
> can't expect LA to be seen to be adequately representative of NZ LUGs
> in the same way, even if there was an NZ sub-committee or something.
> Linux NZ would be able to be stronger in its local lobbying than
> trying to lobby as Linux Australia.

Agreed, however an Oceanic Region umbrella body might be an interesting
thing for the peak bodies to investigate - or even maybe a quarterly
telephone hookup with interpreters if necessary? No doubt something like
this is informally happening however I can't see how Linux Australia
saying "We're also part of Linux Oceania and this open standards
document has been formulated so that it's interoperable with Linux NZ,
Linux Timor etc etc" would hurt...


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