[Linux-aus] Can Linux Australia survive?

Lorn Potter lpotter at trolltech.com
Sun Jul 3 03:48:02 UTC 2005

James Purser wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-07-02 at 08:04, Lorn Potter wrote:
>>Bret Busby wrote:
>>>There are the different aspects of this issue, the first being the 
>>>holding of a "Linux Australia" conference, overseas, and, the second, 
>>I am new here (american working in Brisbane), and I don't know much of 
>>LA's past or dealings, only what I learned in Canberra.
>> From an outsiders perspective, it does seem odd that Linux _Australia_, 
>>would have a Linux conference in a different country. It would be a bit 
>>like Linux Canada holding a Linux Canada conference in the US or the 
>>Bahamas. Does it really make sense? Doesn't New Zealand have their own 
>>Linux New Zealand organization? Is it Linux Commonwealth? What kind of 
>>message does this send to organizations looking to help to promote Linux 
>>in _Australia_?
>>Everyone whom I have told this to, including non geek types that don't 
>>know anything about Linux, thinks this seems a bit odd, and raises a lot 
>>of eyebrows.
> The relationship between Australia and New Zealand is a little different
> than Canada and the US. Where Canada and the US view each other as
> distant cousins, 

Not really. The relationship between US and Ca are very much like Au-Nz, 
except they can walk back and forth between US-CA, and don't need a 
passport to do so.

You are still glossing over the point that the organization itself is 
Linux _Australia_, not Linux Anzacs.

Why make it difficult for Australians to get to the Linux Australia 

 > Australia and New Zealand are more like siblings with
 > all the rivalries and issues that entails.
> Australia and New Zealand have routinely shared organisations and from
> the little looking around I have done it appears that NZ does not really
> have a linux focused organisation like Linux Australia, instead there
> seems to be a couple of sites that may turn into Linux NZ at a future
> date.
> As I understand it NZ made a bid for the conference themselves thus
> removing the argument that we're moving in on some other organisations
> territory.

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
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