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

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Tue May 1 12:10:17 EST 2012

And if you had a federation of committees you could have "Open Source Australia" and "Open Hardware Technology Australia". In fact, if these two groups had some subset who didn't like each other they needn't be in the same group as each other and they could both support -- I am going to say it despite the fact I hate the term -- Free and Libre Open Source Software!


Is it worth someone preparing a draft to make the changes with [INSERT THE NAME HERE WHEN THEY'VE MADE THEIR MIND UP] wherever it mentions the name?


On 01/05/2012, at 10:08 AM, Russell Stuart wrote:

> On Tue, 2012-05-01 at 08:39 +1000, Paul Gear wrote:
>> To such a person, the terms "F(L)OSS", "Free Software", "Software
>> Libre", "Open Source", and their derivatives are so vague as to be
>> meaningless, despite the fact that they're well-defined jargon to us.
> I was looking over Donna's list of names and the list on the wiki, and I
> after seeing words "Open Technology" a few times I came to the reverse
> conclusion.
> The attraction of "Open Technology" is it's inclusiveness.  However if
> you favour instant brand name recognition over inclusiveness "Open
> Source" is definitely the one to pick.  There are many outsiders who use
> the words "Open Source" as keywords describing an example of alternate
> way of doing things that clearly works (often with overtones of being
> morally superior).  Academic publications is one example, and hardware
> design is another.
> So if LA wants the brand name that is most likely to be understood by
> the media and politicians at a glance - then it should be "Open Source".
> It's goal is to be more attractive to hacker spaces, robot competitions
> and the like, then perhaps "Open Technology".  As you say other names
> like FLOSS, "Free Software" and so on suffer the disadvantages of both -
> they are not well recognised outside of our group, and they aren't
> inclusive.
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