[AUUG-Talk]: Re: AUUG: Time to pull the plug?

Steve Landers steve at digitalsmarties.com
Thu Sep 14 20:03:28 EST 2006

On 14/09/2006, at 5:49 PM, Dave Horsfall wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Sep 2006, Enno Davids wrote:
> [...]
>> In a very real sense, I suspect the few names we see commenting  
>> here are
>> the ones who still care.
> Well, as a Founding Member (and past Pres) I certainly care; it's just
> that my "free" time (hah!) is already stretched between two other
> voluntary organisation (none of them computer-related, thank Babbage,
> otherwise I'd go nuts).

I know that feeling, just not well enough :)

> Should AUUG fail, I would prefer to see the assets go to the John  
> Lions
> Chair; I was one of the team that did his proof-reading, and made  
> available
> a (then) high-quality printer for the final cut.  I would hate to  
> see it
> go to the Penguins...

AUUG won't fail - we'd gently euthanize it well before that ;-)

One of the issues the incoming board addressed is how to gracefully  
wind AUUG up if that ever needed to be done.  The two  main  
considerations were preserving the 30+ years of history and finding a  
suitable organisation to pass on any assets - one consistent with the  
aims of AUUG over the years. The John Lions Chair figured prominently  
in that discussion.

Hopefully it won't come to that - my personal view is that it plays a  
vital role in avoiding a mono-culture within the Open Source and  
operating system world. But it's future is surely different than its  
past and time will tell how successful we are at making the transition.


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