[discuss] 2006: The year the FSF reached out to the community
russell at flora.ca
Mon Jan 1 16:22:20 EST 2007
Bruce Byfield has a great article at
http://community.linux.com/community/06/12/21/2018224.shtml about some
of the transformations at the FSF over 2006.
We saw a similar transformation with CLUE. Before 2006 the focus was
primarily on increasing the communication between Linux Users Groups
(LUGs). Recognizing the threat that bad policy directions by governments
represented, the board added Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
advocacy work (and me) so that governments and other policy makers would
be aware of the existence and benefits of FLOSS, and how policy
proposals affect us.
CLUE is now a member-driven association that includes both
professionals and end users of all FLOSS: no longer just Linux or Users.
We don't yet have the several-hundreds of members that we had hoped
to have by the end of the year, but we only made the major call to the
@linux.ca email address holders in December. I'm personally curious if
members and list participants have suggestions about what we can be
doing to reach out more.
In the first half of the new year I expect that we will either be in
a Federal Election or we will be in consultations on a new copyright
bill. Whichever happens, our community needs to gear up to be actively
involved. We need to make our voices heard!
Our issues are not partisan issues where one party is better than
others, but where some individual members of parliament or candidates
are better than others. We need to talk to all members and candidates
and determine who is who, and to ensure that Canadian supporters of
FLOSS aware aware of this. While their knowledge of FLOSS may not be a
seen as a "key election issue", it is a good indicator of how informed
they are on transformations happening in society and the economy (user
generated content, peer production/distribution, FLOSS/Creative
Commons/Open Access, etc).
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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