[Linux-aus] AUUG to close? Will there be a rush of new members to Linux Australia?
gdt at gdt.id.au
Tue Dec 18 02:00:08 UTC 2007
On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 05:21 +1030, David Newall wrote:
> Bret is absolutely correct. In my view, there is no substantive
> difference between AUUG and Linux Australia.
This week we have had a vivid illustration of the difference.
Apple -- a UNIX vendor -- and the Linux community fundamentally
disagree over the desirability of FOSS codecs in the HTML5
I think we want to embrace the past of AUUG without embracing
on-going lobbying on behalf of commercial interests (who are
more than capable of doing that for themselves).
The suggestion that seems to fly for both sides is:
- AUUG membership to be offered LA membership.
- LA to host AUUG's online history -- web site, mail archive.
- LA to acquire AUUG history ("acquire" in the library sense,
so funding for a oral history of UNIX in Australia, promote
loan of photos for scanning, etc)
- UNSW Library to be asked to host AUUG's documents (full
set of conference proceedings, etc) and the results of
LA's acquisition programme.
- Funds remaining after windup of AUUG to go to UNSW Lions Chair.
IMHO LA should also make a recognition of the importance of AUUG
and UNIX in the development of Linux. I suggest a "Grey Beard"
lecture to be made a part of the l.c.a programme, but I'm sure
other people have better ideas.
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