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Re: [Linux-aus] Can Linux Australia survive?

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 conference?

> 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

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

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
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