This is a fol­low-on from my last post, where I announced my can­di­da­cy for Lin­ux Aus­tralia Coun­cil. I’ve post­ed this to the lin­ux-aus mail­ing list, but thought it would­n’t hurt going here as it rais­es issues that I feel are fun­da­men­tal to Lin­ux Aus­trali­a’s exis­tence.

I’m a can­di­date for Ordi­nary Com­mit­tee Mem­ber (should­n’t that be Ordi­nary Coun­cil Mem­ber now?). Before I repeat the spiel I made on the Elec­tions page, I’d like to talk about what I feel LA rep­re­sents in out com­mu­ni­ty. There’s the obvi­ous linux.conf.au, which proves year-after-year to be a world-class con­fer­ence. Lin­ux Aus­tralia rep­re­sents the FOSS com­mu­ni­ty through­out Aus­tralia (and going by LCA2006, per­haps also New Zealand in a way). It brings togeth­er the dis­parate groups through­out the country/region and gives them one voice. The com­mu­ni­ty is thus able to be more influ­en­tial as whole.

This leads into my orig­i­nal spiel, where I extoled the val­ues of scal­a­bil­i­ty in our com­mu­ni­ty. Through enhanced sup­port of grass-roots groups, Lin­ux Aus­tralia will be able to grow the com­mu­ni­ty in a more sus­tain­able man­ner..

One pat­tern I dis­cov­ered when exam­in­ing pre­vi­ous LA elec­tions is the low vot­er turnout. On most years the total num­ber (not per­cent­age) of votes was around 65–70. Why is this the case? Do we need to be doing more to engage the com­mu­ni­ty? Are we not well-known enough? Are we not trans­par­ent enough? These are issues that we should be address­ing.

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