[Linux-aus] Videoing LUG Talks

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Wed Feb 6 11:18:09 UTC 2008

On Wed, 6 Feb 2008, Anthony Towns <aj at azure.humbug.org.au> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 10:15:07PM +1100, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
> > On Tue, 5 Feb 2008, Steven Hanley <sjh at svana.org> wrote:
> > > Any LUG generated audoo or video content can be hosted on the Linux
> > > Austrlia Mirror. If you happen to have some simply send en amil to
> > > mirroring at lists.linux.org.au and we will explain to youw how to upload
> > > the content.
> >
> > My understanding is that LA will not provide LUGs with direct access to
> > their mirror server.
> Err, didn't Steve just say LUGs would get direct access?
> > This forces LUGs to keep their own video repository,
> OTOH, mirror is meant to be a mirror, so it's a Really Good Idea to
> have a primary copy of the content it's hosting somewhere else, in case
> ANU explodes, eg. That doesn't have to be internet connected though --
> it's only needed if the mirror needs to be repopulated, and any secondary
> mirrors can't do the job.
> > which can
> > then be mirrored by LA. I can understand why this policy might exist, but
> > it presents a hassle and expense for LUGs just to get their video online.
> > In fact, it's kept SLUG from putting their videos up for quite some time
> > now.
> So unless I'm misunderstanding something, this policy _doesn't_ exist.

I'm going by what I've been told by others who have looked into it. Seemingly 
there's been a communications breakdown somewhere.

Now that we all know better, we can move forwards. What we can learn from this 
is that LA's resources to LUGs are not clearly understood. I've replied to 
Steve off-list to see what can be done in this particular instance, but we 
need to make sure this sort of confusion can't happen again.

> > I'd really like to see the 'LUG in a Box' idea grow into a complete
> > hosting solution[1] for LUGs to select if they wish. I'm all in favour of
> > ways to (buzzword alert! ...) lower the administrative burden on local
> > groups by leveraging the economies of scale that a national organisation
> > possesses.
> Don't forget cross-LUG synergies! We can leverage the buggery out of
> them too!

What's disturbing is that I initially wrote that sentence without batting an 
eyelid. I think the business world has pwn3d me :(

"I am ready to resist by whatever means, even at the cost of my life, so that 
this may serve as a lesson to the ignominious history of those who use force 
not reason." - Chilean President Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973

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