[Linux-aus] [Announce] Should Linux Australia change its name to Open Source Australia?

Paul Gear paul at gear.dyndns.org
Wed Dec 20 22:50:17 AEDT 2017

My recollection of the previous name change attempt (without going over
the list archives) was that the lack of consensus on the proposed name
was only part of the issue (I would argue: not the main issue), and I
don't think the arguments for & against have moved a great deal since. 
The things which seemed urgent to those pressing for change seem about
the same (i.e. that "Linux" doesn't cover all the things we're
interested in), and the things which seemed insufficiently justified
previously (viz., that a rebrand was necessary to avoid confusion, and
that any of the names proposed were obviously superior) seem roughly the
same now.

To my mind, the concern raised about the similarity OSIA is a
show-stopper for this particular proposal (of course, the vote may prove
me wrong), and I think the ball is back in the court of Kathy and those
who feel a rebrand is needed to justify another selection.


On 20/12/17 16:21, Michael Davies via linux-aus wrote:
> “I think it’s time”
> OSA reflects who were are, who we represent and the activities that we’ve been doing. I’m not sure that was the case last time this was tried, but it definitely is now. Consequently, I support the proposed name change.
> Hope this helps,
> Michael...
>> On 19 Dec 2017, at 7:28 pm, Linux Australia President <president at linux.org.au> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Linux Australia is an incorporated association, registered in the state
>> of NSW, and has been in operation since around 2001. Initially convened
>> as a vehicle to operate linux.conf.au, the organisation's remit,
>> activities and scope have broadened significantly over the last decade
>> and a half.
>> We think it's time to change the name of the organisation to
>> better reflect our widened mission, values, activities, partnerships and
>> influence.
>> But wait, hasn't this been tried before?
>> Yes. In 2012/2013, the Linux Australia Council, led then by John
>> Ferlito, attempted a name change. Consensus could not be reached on a
>> name to change *to*, and so Linux Australia remained Linux Australia.
>> This time, we're learning from the outcome of that process, and would
>> like to present to you a decision:
>> Should Linux Australia change its name to Open Source Australia (Yes/No)
>> ...

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