James Purser | 2 Feb 00:26 2008
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Grants Report for 2007

As my last action as a Committee Member I hereby submit the Grants
Report for 2007:

2007 was an extremely quiet year for Grants. According to my records we
had a grand total of four requests, one that got knocked back, one
approved and one that didn't actually seem to go anywhere.

Here they are:

February 14th: Ben Balbo requested assistance ($500.00) in running the
Melbourne Barcamp. This was approved and moves were made to extend
support to other Barcamp events.

March 15th: Ben Martin requested assistance in travelling to OLS. Was
denied on the grounds that it did not meet "Benefit to the Community"
criteria.

April 16th: Scott Ripon submitted a request for support in producing a
run of OpenCD's. While Linux Australia did agree to support this request
I believe we are still waiting on more information.

June 4th: Paul Wayper requested $70.00 to pay for Melissa Drapers travel
costs to present at Canberra LUG. Approved.

Well there you have it. For the period 2007 Linux Australia paid out at
total of $570.00 in Grants. This from a nominal base of $2000.00 per
month.

I would like to take this opportunity to urge the incoming Committee to
commit to revamping and renewing the Grants process. Done right, it is a
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James Purser | 2 Feb 22:48 2008
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New Committee Elected


The elections for the Linux Australia Committee of 2008 have been
completed and the results were announced yesterday at the AGM. Thankyou
to all those who stood.

The new Committee is as follows:

      * President: Stewart Smith
      * Vice President: Steve Walsh
      * Treasurer: Anthony Towns
      * Secretary: Terry Dawson
      * Ordinary Committee Members:
              * Melissa Draper
              * Paul Schulz
              * James Turnbull

A great deal of thanks goes to our departing members:

      * Jon Oxer
      * Janet Hawtin
      * Pia Waugh
      * James Purser 

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James Polley | 3 Feb 11:19 2008

LCA '09 venue - details?

So it was (iirc) announced on Friday that LCA09 will be in Tasmania.
There were fridge magnets, and pamphlets, and other schwag.. but I
grabbed none, figuring I'd just look up the site of the organising
group when I got home and get information from there.

But now I'm home and I can't find anything on the magical intertubes
about LCA 09 and Tasmania at all - just references to the fact that
it's not in Tasmania this year, dating from last years's bid. Well,
that's not true - there are a few blog posts where people mention it,
but don't give any links or any information other than the fact that
it's in Tasmania. I also found an article on ITWire, but it doesn't
give any information (does have a surprising amount of speculation
though).

I rememver seeing a url mentioned - something like "movesouth.org"?
But I can't find anything at any of the URLs I tried, not even the
story on ITWire...

Clearly I'm going batty and don't know how to search any more.. Can
anyone point me at an official release, blog post, or site? Even maybe
some useful search terms?
Jeff Waugh | 3 Feb 12:51 2008

Re: LCA '09 venue - details?

<quote who="James Polley">

> I rememver seeing a url mentioned - something like "movesouth.org"?

www.marchsouth.org (and the pitch posted to linux-aus a while back)

- Jeff

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Avi Miller | 3 Feb 12:38 2008
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Re: LCA '09 venue - details?


On 03/02/2008, at 9:19 PM, James Polley wrote:

> I rememver seeing a url mentioned - something like "movesouth.org"?

http://www.marchsouth.org

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Martin Visser | 4 Feb 01:14 2008
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2020 summit - does open-source software have a place at the table?

All,

You have probably heard about the PM's plan to hold a summit in April
to discuss how we should plan for issues facing Australia as far out
as 2020. According to
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/2020-vision-rudd-summit-to-map-future/2008/02/03/1201973740462.html
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"The Government has identified 10 areas it will ask the summit to
tackle. These are: directions for the economy; infrastructure;
environmental issues including population, sustainability, climate
change and water; rural Australia; national health strategy;
strengthening communities; indigenous Australia; the arts; the future
of government; and Australia's security and international relations."

Those of us with a passion for FOSS could clearly identify areas where
it can have an impact. However, are we able to articulate this clearly
and forcefully such that we help set policy that will see the benefits
of FOSS fully ripened and impacting postitvely on Australian society
and economy? While the actual makeup of the "1000" has not been
announced - "the best and brightest brains" are to be chosen. Can I
suggest that LA very quickly:-

* Lobby government that at least 1 or 2 open-source software leaders
be asked to participate
* Prepare a brief of how software freedommight impact on those 10
areas outlined by the government.

There are a number of people in our community (you know who you are
:-) ) who would have the skills to undertake one or both of those
tasks. It would be a great use of those unassigned grant funds to make
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Jonathan Oxer | 4 Feb 02:28 2008
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Re: 2020 summit - does open-source software have a place at the table?

On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 11:14 +1100, Martin Visser wrote:
> Can I
> suggest that LA very quickly:-
> 
> * Lobby government that at least 1 or 2 open-source software leaders
> be asked to participate
> * Prepare a brief of how software freedommight impact on those 10
> areas outlined by the government.

+1. That's the very first thing that came to my mind when I saw it on
the news yesterday, and I was going to suggest the exact same thing.

I'd be happy to help out with a submission. Anyone else interested in
collaborating?
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Jonathan Oxer | 4 Feb 03:25 2008
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Re: [Osia-discuss] [Fwd: Re: 2020 summit - does open-source software have a place at the table?]

[Added linux-aus back into the recipient list]

On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 12:57 +1100, Del wrote:
> It would make sense to have someone from OSIA participating in this.

Absolutely. In fact AJ's FOSS-meta-organisation concept as a solution to
Jeff's "LA is not broadly representative" message would fit well here,
allowing a single unified organisation to submit on behalf of OSIA, LA,
and other relevant groups.

But right now that's still just a pipe-dream and we need to work quickly
within the frameworks available to us, so perhaps we could draft a joint
response on behalf of both OSIA and LA?
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James Turnbull | 4 Feb 03:39 2008
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Re: [Osia-discuss] [Fwd: Re: 2020 summit - does open-source software have a place at the table?]


Jonathan Oxer wrote:
| [Added linux-aus back into the recipient list]
|
| On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 12:57 +1100, Del wrote:
|> It would make sense to have someone from OSIA participating in this.
|
| Absolutely. In fact AJ's FOSS-meta-organisation concept as a solution to
| Jeff's "LA is not broadly representative" message would fit well here,
| allowing a single unified organisation to submit on behalf of OSIA, LA,
| and other relevant groups.
|
| But right now that's still just a pipe-dream and we need to work quickly
| within the frameworks available to us, so perhaps we could draft a joint
| response on behalf of both OSIA and LA?
|

I'd be happy to assist.  Also concur that this could be an excellent
exploration of AJ's meta-organisation idea.

Regards

James Turnbull

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Christopher Yeoh | 4 Feb 03:55 2008

Re: [Osia-discuss] [Fwd: Re: 2020 summit - does open-source software have a place at the table?]

On Mon, 04 Feb 2008 13:25:36 +1100
Jonathan Oxer <jon@...> wrote:
> 
> But right now that's still just a pipe-dream and we need to work quickly
> within the frameworks available to us, so perhaps we could draft a joint
> response on behalf of both OSIA and LA?

I can think of a several people who are members of OSIA or LA who I
think would make a great contribution at the summit. However, note from
the article:

  "People would not be invited to attend as representatives of
   organisations or interest groups but in their own capacity as
   individuals selected on the basis of merit and achievement."

So whilst it would be useful to find out the procedure for
how people are chosen to get the people that we think would
be good to be considered, it looks like it would not be appropriate
for OSIA or LA to be suggesting people to represent their interests.

Chris
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