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

On  1 Jul 2005, Bret Busby <bret@busby.net> wrote:

> There are the different aspects of this issue, the first being the 
> holding of a "Linux Australia" conference, overseas, and, the second, 
> being the use of Linux Australia funds, to pay for committee members to 
> travel overseas, in relation to the conference being held overseas.

As AJ noted, the efficiency of the ghosts meeting (and indeed of LCA as
a whole) could be improved by planning & purchasing further in advance.
Very well.

LCA is the major income source for and public face of LA.  Much of the
discussion now is about what if anything LA should do beyond LCA.  I
think reasonable expenditure on LCA is therefore far easier to justify
than any other expenditure.

It is reasonable to ask if people travelling at LA's expense are doing
enough work to justify the expense.

Everyone who attended spent two full days in meetings, plus two days
travelling (or more).  Everyone who attended contributed actively to the
preparation of lca06.  The lca06 committee is rather better prepared
than before the meeting, and conversely LA has increased confidence in
the lca06 committee.  I think a summary of the business was posted here

In a commercial setting, I'd think it reasonable to pay 6(?) employees
to travel to NZ for two days as a major preparation for a $250k project.
I'd want them to work hard but I think the LCA people did.  Bear in mind
that the attendees were volunteers and the cost of their lost work time
may be comparable to the cost of the tickets.

Many attendees took holidays in NZ at their own expense before or after
the meeting.  Most organizations allow a similar arrangement,
particularly when those involved have already given their best over the
past year.

The cost is more than for sending people to Sydney, but that should have
been considered when Dunedin was chosen.


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