[Linux-aus] Report on ConnectingUp06
pschulz01 at gmail.com
Mon May 8 13:36:01 UTC 2006
On the 1-2 May I had the opportunity of representing Linux Australia
at the ConnectingUp06 conference in Adelaide. This conference is
"Information and Technology services for Australian Communities".
Please find attached my report from the ConnectingUp06. There are some
photos available at http://www.mawsonlakes.org/media/misc/cu06/
- Linux and Open source are definitely on Microsoft's radar. Some
disparaging remarks were made from the podium during the first day.
The second day was more though positive as I was able to join in the
discussions as a representative of just another 'Not-for-profit'
- Over half of the people who visited the Linux Australia booth were
using Open Office and promoting it's use in the organisations they are
- Although Microsoft is offering heavily discounted software to
Not-for-profit and charitable organisations (their 'Unlimited
Potential' program), one organisation said that they are still not
getting what they need and are installing OpenOffice instead.
- A workshop was held on creating a 'National Nonprofit ICT Coalition'
(NNIC), which is a project funded by the Federal Dept of
Communications, IT and the Arts (DCITA). This could be very exciting
with regards to open source adoption in the Not-for-Profit sector.
See the report for 'thank you's but I would like to take is
opportunity to specifically thank the Linux Australia committee for
their sponsorship and assistance in pulling this together.
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