[Linux-aus] Should Linux Australia change its name?

Jack Nawell jackn43 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 11:30:06 EST 2012

Is Linux in Australia of so little significance that it no longer 
warrants a national organization bearing its name?

I think changing the name of Linux Australia to anything else, even if 
the organization does support other open source and free technologies, 
would be a major blow to the promotion of Linux in Australia.

If Linux Australia changes its name to reflect the inclusion of other 
open and free technologies, etc., what comes next? The recommendation 
that LUGs change their names to reflect a more inclusive approach. 
Instead of LUGs (Linux User Groups), perhaps they could be called BUGs 
("Bloody Useless Groups").

Sorry about that. But I'm against the change of name!


On 04/22/2012 11:23 PM, Paul Shirren wrote:
> I support a name change in principle. Linux Australia has arguably
> outgrown the name. Both the Linux part and the Australia part.
> I don't feel inspired by any of the alternatives so far. Open Technology
> Association of Australia and New Zealand is a fairly accurate
> description but a terrible name.
> I really don't like the use of Open at all - too many closed products
> sold with that terminology. Looking at the SoC in front of me with
> OpenGL, OpenVG and OpenMax closed binaries! And Free can be just as
> confusing and both open up religious wars.
> I like a name like HackerSpace. They go to a place and mess with things.
> Makes perfect sense. Imagine if it was called an Open Technology
> Workshop or a Free Hardware Kibbutz. Nope.
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