[Linux-aus] Should Linux Australia cast PyCon adrift?
jamezpolley at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 23:52:27 EST 2012
On 26/04/2012, at 9:28 PM, Russell Coker <russell at coker.com.au> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Apr 2012, David Newall <david at davidnewall.com> wrote:
>> If the Python community are put out by our unashamed attachment to our
>> Linux roots, might we not be better to cut them loose and use our
>> energies (and finances) to support a more grateful and less embarrassed
>> group? Might sound harsh, but give it fair thought.
> The LA membership is not a Borg collective. Some people are really attached
> to the way things are, some aren't.
> Most LA members do things other than just Linux. There was a joke that
> circulated ~1994 about what people did with various OSs and for Linux it was
> "compiling kernels", which was something that took an unreasonable amount of
> people's time and effort. Nowdays the vast majority of Linux users couldn't
> compile a kernel if their life depended on it and even the people who could do
> so generally don't.
> The base OS part of Linux and the GNU environment work pretty well nowadays so
> people are moving up the stack. This means that some people who used to be
> totally into Linux will now be interested in things like Python, this is fine
> and there's no reason why the community structures put in place to support
> free software conferences etc shouldn't adjust to the changes in user
> My suggestion is to have a SPI like organisation to manage insurance, money,
> etc and then having Linux Australia as a sub-committee on an equal status to
> PyCon et al. Linux Australia would keep the same DNS name, use the same
> servers, run the same web sites, and keep promoting Linux. This means that
> people who are only interested in Linux wouldn't miss out in any way. In fact
> having people who aren't so focussed on Linux but who have relevant skills
> managing all the administrative tasks that aren't directly related to Linux
> advocacy could be a good thing.
There's no reason for this to wait for a name change (that might not even happen) before we set this up. This is a good idea, and it would work just fine right now.
All it would take is a few people stepping up and asking the Council to create a new sub-committee. They'd need to have a charter so that the council and the community are clear on the responsibilities of the subcommittee - but that only needs to be a few sentences (look at http://linux.org.au/sub-committees to see what the existing sub-committees have).
It would also be good to have some evidence of some community support for the makeup of the subcomittee. The two LUGs had members elected by local communities - for this particular subcommittee, an election on MemberDB probably might make sense, but discussion on the lists might work too
> PyCon and all the other FOSS conferences are important. But there are lots of
> people who aren't interested in such things who would be good at the Linux
> advocacy side.
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