[Linux-aus] About a User Conference (was...)

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Thu Feb 24 04:43:02 UTC 2005

Michael Davies wrote:
> Michael Still said:
>>I am requesting $xxx seed funding from Linux Australia, and the same
>>amount from AUUG. The reasoning here is to spread the risk of the event,
>>and maximise the benefits to the community and both groups. In return
>>both organizations will recieve branding of the event, and half the
>>profit from the event if there is one. I also need to to receive a
>>commitment to running the event in a similar shared manner in the future.
> Before Linux Australia committed to anything like this, I'd like to see
> how the LCA2005 / AUUG OSS in Government conference tango worked out.  I
> have no reason to believe that it won't be a resounding success.
> Linux.Conf.Au 2004 was a negative data point on the Linux Australia / AUUG
> relationship (with the OSS in Government miniconf), so I'd like to see if
> both sides are happy with the result of this year's venture before we go
> any further on things for future years.

I think we can come up with an oversight model which is sustainable -- 
that is, both groups can ask the "are you going to go broke" questions, 
but neither provides extreme guidance over other event specifics, much 
like LCA itself. (For those outside the LCA process, the LA committee 
has never specified things like venue, program, colour of tshirts, 
number of life size Steven Hanley dolls, etc. They're more focused on if 
the event will make a massive loss, and providing support as the LCA 
people ask for it.)

I believe, but am willing to be corrected, that the problem with LCA 
2004 was there were two groups trying to organize a major event, and 
that will never work.

There has been almost no friction between the LCA and OCG people this 
time around. The only times a discussion has been needed are initial 
negotiations, and some small misunderstandings.

> For proposed long-term co-operation like this it may be worthwhile both
> organisations providing an opportunity for their memberships to comment
> privately on the issue (so that both organisations can represent the
> wishes of its members).

For sure, and I request that the relevant committees do so.

I should reinforce that I see LA and AUUG as providing venture capital 
investment, and some high level guidance, not day to day running of the 



Michael Still (mikal at stillhq.com) | "The geek shall inherit
http://www.stillhq.com            |  the earth"
UTC + 11                          |    -- The Simpsons

Linux.conf.au 2005 -- Quite like an excellent Linux and Open Source
conference. http://lca2005.linux.org.au

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