[Linux-aus] Things not to post to planet linux australia

Steven Hanley sjh at svana.org
Thu Mar 26 16:05:59 EST 2009

On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 03:33:12PM +1100, Andy White wrote:
> Russell,
> It's generally considered bad form to put your ISP at risk  
> unnecessarily.
> You say that LA should show some more spine on this issue - why?  
> That's not the purpose for which LA exists, to the best of my  
> knowledge. If you want to make a statement, you're free post the list  
> on your blog; LA as an organisation is well within its rights to  
> follow legal advice that it's been given (whether or not that advice  
> is correct is another issue).
> Moreover, it SHOULD do so - we're about advocating Free and Open  
> Source Software, not Fighting The Man. There's appropriate avenues for  
> that sort of speech, and at least IMO, LA doesn't need to be one of  
> them.

Also something I have been thinking about after reading Russell's email.

If you want to get LA to do something the best way to do so is the open
source way. Get stuck in and get involved and work on it yourself.

A few years ago Rusty Russell was doing a pretty spectacular job on
government advvocacy stuff for LA and furthering the open source and free
software viewpoints nationally that way. Since he has not been doing that as
much for LA it has not been a focus for LA as much.

If you think LA should do some work along those lines, step up and start
working on it. Do not expect the people who have already put in so much time
an effort to do something themselves without being shown the code so to
speak. It may sound a bit defeatist to some people but it really is a case
of show me the code when it comes to running LA, the turnout in both
nominations and voting at all in the recent elections being an example of
not enough people getting involved, if you want something done get out and
do it.

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