An Open Letter to the Ubuntu-au Members
rstoffers at gmail.com
Fri May 5 13:18:35 BST 2006
James Purser wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-05-05 at 20:43 +1000, GrAnT GaLbRaiTh wrote:
>> This statement concerns me greatly. I don't believe that it should be
>> our groups role to act as a go between for Australian businesses.
>> Surely this implies that organisations who come to us for advice about
>> free/libre open source software would also be looking for contacts
>> within the industry to make it happen. I think Rob is right, this
>> smells fishier by the minute.
> Can I just ask, what exactly is so wrong with supporting local
> businesses that support Ubuntu?
Nothing. This isn't the argument.
> Nobody is asking the ubuntu-au team to become the mouth piece of say
> Solutions First, or any other company that comes along. However at some
> point the group is going to be asked about commercial support for the
> Distro, and it would be nice to able to point to a number of LOCAL
> companies and say "Yes, see the power of Ubuntu, empowering the local
> ICT industry in wonderful ways."
Yes, I agree that it is nice to be able to point to local commercial
support if we are asked about it. It would also be nice to not be
influenced in any way, which currently isn't the case. Solutions First
own both the domain name ubuntu.com.au and hence the registered business
name in this country "Ubuntu". This gives them an unfair advantage and
control over other Linux support companies we could also suggest and to
add to that I believe we have several employees who also toe the company
line within the team also (happy to be corrected on this). I would like
to see Ubuntu empowering the entire local ICT industry, not just one
local company riding the wave of free publicity and marketing whist
making a quick buck.
This latest "plan" to push for registered not-for-profit status does not
benefit the community at all. The only tangible benefit was point three
of the plan which only serves to help business such as Solutions First
pimp their support products to other businesses and government. The
worst part of this is that the Australian Ubuntu Loco Team would be
doing all of the marketing/hard work whist Solutions First sits back and
profits, all the time the team thinking they are doing this for the good
of Ubuntu and Linux. This stinks quite frankly and should be stopped.
Ubuntu - rob1 at ubuntu.com
Townsville Linux Users Group - http://tlug.dnho.net
Freenode Staff - rob - irc.freenode.net
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