[Linux-aus] AUUG to close? Will there be a rush of new members to Linux Australia?

David Newall david at davidnewall.com
Wed Dec 19 04:27:47 UTC 2007

James Turnbull wrote:
> In the event AUUG choose to dissolve in some form I think Linux
> Australia has the opportunity to further some of AUUG's activities in
> supporting research into computer science and could potentially make a
> good caretaker, together with UNSW perhaps, for AUUG records and
> intellectual property.

Linux Australia already does everything that AUUG ever did, and it does 
it at least as well.  AUUG's problem is that it lost its vigor, probably 
because the members with energy switched their efforts to Linux Australia.

Were it my decision, I would have Linux Australia absorb AUUG and, 
because AUUG is the second-oldest such organisation in the world, I'd 
include that word in Linux Australia's name.  I'd poll the members to 
decide whether Linux Australia's charter should be extended to include 
"open systems", and I'd ignore any howl of protest from the losing camp, 
no matter how quiet that howl was.  Proprietary UNIX is an irrelevancy, 
although it would seem strange for an organisation dedicated to free and 
open systems to snub the siblings because they were open but not free.

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