[Linux-aus] Should we change? Yes. To change is to grow.

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Mon Apr 30 13:40:16 EST 2012

Hi Silvia.

On 30/04/2012, at 11:39 AM, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote
> I like the sentiment behind it, but it seems to exclude software and
> hardware - standards by itself isn't really what we are about. We
> don't want to be competing with "Standards Australia" in any way shape
> or form.
> "Free and Open Source Software, Hardware and Communities in Australia
> and New Zealand" is more what we are about, but that's really quite a
> mouth full...

I am tempted to just do a Monty Pythonesque "No, it's not" but considering someone might figuratively hit me over the head if I do, I will not; actually I think I just did.

That said, it's a long name but the acronym - FOSS HCA Australia - isn't so long and there are organisations such as the National Australia Bank who actually have rebranded themselves to the acronym of their original names (or were they simply trying to make people forget that they make billions of dollars but still can't afford to employ Australian IT staff or lower credit card interest rates even by 0.01%). I'm fairly certain I personally wouldn't want the "Libre" in there (sorry, FLOSS simply reminds me of that dental stuff).

John "madog" Hall's e-mail is persuasive (except for the name perhaps?) and realistically any name whatsoever we come up with, some won't like.


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