[Linux-aus] Running for Linux Australia Council

Lindsay Holmwood auxesis at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 14:37:27 EST 2009

I'm Lindsay Holmwood, and I'm standing for the position of Vice
President of Linux Australia.

I support the platform James Turnbull posted, and I'm particularly
focused on transparency and community. I have experience working in
FOSS organisations on documenting procedures, and increasing
visibility both internally and externally.

I'm based in Sydney, and run a small consultancy focusing on
monitoring, performance analysis, and web development. I served as the
President of the Sydney Linux Users Group from 2006-2008, and was the
Secretary of the linux.conf.au 2007 organising committee.

I have started and work on several open source projects, including
cucumber-nagios, Flapjack, gotgastro.com, and @nswbushfires, and
routinely contribute documentation and code to projects in the Ruby


2009/12/27 James Turnbull <james at lovedthanlost.net>:
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> Hi - I'm James Turnbull and I am standing for Linux Australia
> President on a broad platform with a group of like travellers:
> President           James Turnbull
> Vice President    Lindsay Holmwood
> Secretary            Peter Lieverdink
> Treasurer           John Ferlito
> Ordinary Committee Members
>    Alice Boxhall
>    Elspeth Thorne
> We're not a political party - we're a bunch of Linux and open source
> people who think they can contribute to Linux Australia.  Between us
> we've written code, managed infrastructure, run small (and medium)
> businesses in the open source world, organised LCAs, run user groups
> and generally been passionate about Linux and open source.  We
> believe that Linux Australia has a big role to play in advocating
> Linux and open source, running linux.conf.au (the best Linux
> conference in the world...) and representing the interests of the
> Linux community in the region.  We also agree on a broad platform:
>   1. Transparency - ensure the Council and its activities are
> transparent to the community
>          * Good communication via the wiki and mailing list
>          * Seek feedback from the community on issues and decisions
>          * Strong and regular reporting - Financial, events,
> progress towards milestones
>   2. Governance - ensure good financial governance
>          * Investigate engaging an accountant/book-keeper to manage
> Linux Australia's finances
>          * Develop clear and simple policy and process around
> insurance, payments and grants
>          * Develop good governance and structures between Linux
> Australia and the LCA committee
>          * Investigate on-going 'LCA Sponsorship' sub-committee,
> separate from LCA team
>   3. Mandate
>          * Review the mandate of Linux Australia and determine if
> it is meeting the needs of the FOSS community in the region
>          * Determine whether the membership is actually
> representative of the "Linux community"
>   4. Leadership & Advocacy
>          * Make Linux Australia a well-known voice in debate on IT
> issues in Australia
>          * Extend advocacy activities on legal and policy issues
> that concern and impact the FOSS community in the region
>   5. Community
>          * Reach out to and collaborate with other similarly minded
> organisations e.g. LinuxChix, OSIA, IIA, SAGE, etc
>          * Endeavour to engage with and expand the community
> through events and out-reach programs
>          * Become more involved with spreading the Open Source
> message at a School and University level
>   6. Cross-regional
>          * Make Linux Australia a truly regional organisation and
> increase our involvement with New Zealand and Oceania.
> Of the platform my particular focus and interest is governance,
> transparency and reporting and I am keenly interested in exploring
> the Linux Australia's mandate and role in advocacy in the community.
> On a personal level, I live in Melbourne and have been an Linux (and
> open source software) user since the mid-1990s - currently I'm
> probably best known for being the Release Manager for the Puppet
> project. Professionally, I've worked in the IT industry for nearly
> 20 years and currently specialise in information security. I have
> experience managing large projects and teams, have strong
> communications skills, understand budgets and know enough about
> accounting to be dangerous.  In the last five years I have written
> four books on open source technologies, was involved in organising
> linux.conf.au 2008, sat on the Linux Australia Council in 2008, was
> a sponsor of BarCamp Melbourne, and generally wish there were 28
> hours in every day.
> Regards
> James Turnbull

http://holmwood.id.au/~lindsay/ (me)

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