[Linux-aus] Proprietary UNIX? (was: Goodbye AUUG, hello phoenix)

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Tue Sep 19 12:29:06 UTC 2006

On Monday, 18 September 2006 at 20:27:02 -0700, Michael Still wrote:
> Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> - I don't believe that Australia is big enough for two organizations
>>  which cover so much common ground.
> Aren't there a lot more than two at the moment though? I can think of
> AUUG, LA, SAGE-AU, ACS off the top of my head.

There are more.  But SAGE-AU and ACS don't have as much ground in
common as AUUG and LA.

>> - It confuses the Establishment.  We've heard several times from
>>  AGIMO, for example, that they'd far rather deal with only one open
>>  source group.
> I have expressed my opinion of that argument in an earlier email.

Sorry, I either missed it or haven't got round to reading it yet.

>> - It also makes it easier to get sponsors for conferences and things.
> LA doesn't appear to have any troubles getting sponsors though.

s/any/much/, I suspect.

> I wonder if this is more of a process issue revolving around the
> _perceived_ worth of the two events in the minds of potential
> sponsors. AUUG used to do quite well with sponsors, and I'm not
> clear on what has changed. Can I have a hint please?

Flavour du jour, I'd say.

>> - AUUG caters for proprietary UNIX.
>> This last one is the real issue.  I personally think it's a thing that
>> a successor organization could handle.  You only need to look at the
>> conference programmes for the last few years to see that just about
>> everything has been Open Source.  About the only exception has been
>> MacOS X.  What do people think of that?
> Well, there was push back to OS X at several Linux events I attended
> last year. It's not free software, and that was the defining argument at
> the time.

Yes, I would have expected that.  What do people think now?

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