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

Bianca Gibson bianca.rachel.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 28 10:08:44 EST 2012

The big issue with the name discouraging people like Ben are the people
that don't join at all and don't come to our events at all because of an
inaccurate first impression.
Also, one of the five points on our values statement is freedom.

On 28 April 2012 08:45, Ben Sturmfels <ben at stumbles.id.au> wrote:

> On 22/04/12 15:44, John Ferlito wrote:
>  We think it is time for us to change the name of our organisation to have
>> it
>> more accurately represent the focus of our community.
> I'm a passionate free software activist. Until a few years ago, I'd
> assumed that Linux Australia was just focussed on technology rather than
> free software ideology.
> There's a lot in a name, and if the name implies your values are aligned
> with the Linux Kernel project (where few lead developers advocate free
> software values), people like me will be discouraged.
> For several years I've been planning an organisation specifically
> representing Free Software movement in Australia:
> http://www.freesoftware.asn.**au/ <http://www.freesoftware.asn.au/>
> I felt there was a significant enough niche to set such an organisation
> apart from Linux Australia, but perhaps with a name change, Linux Australia
> could be this organisation.
> Regards,
> Ben
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