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

Michael Davies michael at the-davies.net
Sat Dec 23 17:53:14 AEDT 2017

On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 8:16 PM, Craige McWhirter via linux-aus <
linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 19:58:05 +1100, Linux Australia President wrote:
> > Should Linux Australia change its name to Open Source Australia (Yes/No)
> I'll be voting (No) to this proposal, not because I'm against name change
> but
> because I disagree with this particular name change.
> Not only do I agree with the bulk of no objections thus far but more
> importantly for myself, changing the name from "Linux Australia" to "Open
> Source $Anything" represents a *significant* watering down of the ethical
> position that for me at least, has underpinned LA from the start and the
> LUGs that preceded it.
> I'd support a name change that was more representative of our activities
> but
> not one that waters down our ethos.

So I totally understand that - I would describe myself as leaning more to
the "free software" side of the fence too.

However, I can't think of a name that a) reflects our free software and
linux community heritage, b) includes software, hardware, & community etc -
all aspects that are included in our organisation's activities, c) has
(current or potential) broad brand recognition, and d) reflects what we've
been actually doing - representing and supporting all things free and open
source software and hardware and community.

I think the Open Source Australia is the best fit for who we are, what
we've been doing, (not just what we say we want to do), and who we've been
supporting and representing.  Hence I'll be voting "Yes" :-)

On top of that, I support the current leadership and what they are doing. I
don't have the capacity to put the hours into our organisation as the
council and leadership team do, so I support their recommendation to the

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