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

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Fri Apr 27 09:47:59 EST 2012

On Thu, 2012-04-26 at 17:25 +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 15:44, John Ferlito <johnf at inodes.org> wrote:
> > The council wants the community to discuss this potential name change and if
> > required, an appropriate name. One name that seems to accurately reflect our
> > shared values and our direction is Open Source Australia.
> Hmm, a variation on that idea that might work could be using the name
> "opensource.org.au".
> Pros:
>   - open source easily expands to cover software, hardware, community stuff
>   - "org" and "au" cover both the "community" and "Australian" aspects
>   - using a (non-dot-com) domain name hints that it's a geeky/technology group
>   - using a domain name as the actual name ties in with linux.conf.au
>   - using a domain name is different from OSIA, OSDC, OSI, etc
>   - we already have the domain name
> BTW: if LA were to register whatever name gets chosen as a business
> name, associated groups could start just referring to their parent
> organisation by that name straight away, no? Then we could defer the
> name change to the 2013 AGM without needing to make constitutional
> changes in the meantime, no?

If that's all OK, then can't we just register all the sub-committees as
trading names, and de-emphasise LA as a name when used outside it's
original focus?  The difficult part of this whole discussion seems to
trying to find a single name for everything we do.

Andrew Bartlett

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