[Linux-aus] [Announce] Declaration of Council Election and call for Nominations

Sae Ra Germaine s.germaine at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 21:20:08 AEDT 2016

Hi All,

Thank you to those who have nominated me for the position of Secretary. It
has been a very interesting, thought provoking and rewarding experience
which I would love to continue on.

I believe that Linux Australia has a great future ahead and I hope that I
can make a valuable and positive contribution to this organisation and
community. Linux Australia has given me fantastic memories along with some
challenging lesson learning ones as well.

It has been a great privilege to have been on Council the last 2 years and
I would be honoured to fill this position if elected.


Sae Ra

On 4 January 2016 at 13:51, Craige McWhirter <craige at mcwhirter.com.au>

> On 02/01/16 15:16, Joshua Hesketh wrote:
> > TL;DR: Elections are open. Please nominate and/or stand.
> I've been a Council Member this last 12 months and I intend to stand
> again as a Council Member for the next 12.
> What's become crystal clear to me over not only the last 12 months on
> the LA council but over the last 20+ years of my involvement with Linux
> User Groups in Australia is:
> * How much work is borne by too few
> * The high barrier of entry contributing work to LA and LUGs to help
> "the few" and spread the load.
> * The nature of the way contributions are currently gated makes change
> slow and contributes additional workload for "the few".
> * How new enthusiasm sweeps in, brings much needed fresh change but the
> absence of long term planning makes today's "cool thing" tomorrow's
> maintenance burden.
> We have a large community of highly skilled people who would like to
> contribute more but are inadvertently locked out or discouraged by the
> current processes and the required restrictions around server access etc.
> For example, a member who is skilled in their field, should not have to
> send an email to an already busy council / sub-committee to have their
> patch / fix / content change approved and then applied by the council.
> It should be sufficient for the LA community to have a review service
> (such as Gerrit) where a patch is applied for a configuration / content
> change.
> This change could then be tested by a testing tool, such as Jenkins and
> reviewed by acknowledged peers in our community who "know their stuff".
> When $ENOUGH peers have approved the change, it is applied
> automatically, hands free.
> What I've described is neither new nor revolutionary as many of us
> already work this way in our professional lives, using the Gerrit and
> Jenkins combination which I've listed as an example or other tools, such
> as Phabricator, which fill the same role(s).
> I see this as the way forward for Linux Australia to not only manage our
> infrastructure securely, enable broader contribution to both
> configuration, patching and content management (website) but also as a
> service that could be offered to the broader FOSS community once we have
> it working for us.
> I think that such a review / testing service offers the Linux Australia
> community:
> * Lower barrier of entry to contribution.
> * More eyes on changes and a broader number of approvers.
> * Facilitate a migration to managing our web services better.
> * Enable a maintenance and change culture that will endure beyond
> current  bursts of enthusiasm.
> * Provide a service infrastructure that could be utilised by LUGs and
> other groups.
> * Learning opportunities for inexperienced contributors to learn from
> peers.
> * An experience in professional practices for those that may not
> otherwise get to use such systems.
> While I am 2iC for LCA2017, the Director of LCA2017, Chris Neugebauer
> supports my bid for re-election as OCM to engage in this particular body
> of work, should the community and incoming committee believe this is a
> worthwhile endeavour.
> If you think this is a worthwhile effort, please free to nominate and
> second me for the position of Council Member:
> https://www.linux.org.au/membership/index.php?page=election-nominate&id=22
> See you in Geelong :-)
> --
> Craige McWhirter
> M: +61 4685 91819
> W: https://mcwhirter.com.au/
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