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

Arjen Lentz arjen at mysql.com
Mon Sep 18 15:18:31 EST 2006

Hi Raymond,

On 18/09/2006, at 2:35 PM, Raymond Smith wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 01:04:43PM +0930, David Lloyd wrote:
>>> I believe that building software which complies with standards
>>> and works well with others is an essential part of building
>>> useful software regardless of whether it is proprietary or
>>> open source. AUUG is the only Australian voice for this idea.
>>> Certainly I cannot see OSIA or large parts of LA being happy to
>>> promote proprietary software even if it complied with well
>>> defined standards.
>> Proprietary software seems to be predominantly commercial software  
>> and
>> commercial software needs to be able to market itself and make its  
>> own
>> profit.
>> It strikes me that AUUG might have been a community of users and
>> administrators who all used or administered proprietary unixes  
>> (eg: AIX,
>> HP-UX, Solaris etc) but I don't know whether AUUG ever really  
>> promoted
>> the proprietary product.
> True. I guess promotion as in 'pushing product' is not really
> what I meant. Perhaps a better way of saying it is that AUUG can
> express approval of standards based software regardless of how it
> is licensed. Whereas I imagine that OSIA would not be happy until
> all the software was open sourced.

Nah. Not open-sourcing certain software can make perfect sense in the  
right context, OSIA merely promotes this knowledge and companies  
using the options available. It does not try to convert the planet  
beyond its sensible boundaries ;-)

Arjen Lentz, Support Engineer / Trainer, MySQL AB
Based in Brisbane, Australia

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