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Membership of Linux Australia has fallen by a little more than 10 per cent since January this year, according to figures released by the organisation.

Numbers declined from 3405 on January 1 to 3046 on December 12, the organisation's secretary, Kathy Reid, wrote in her report for the year.

Linux Australia claims to be an umbrella group for all Linux user groups in the country.

"Yearly renewal has not been implemented and future councils may strongly consider prioritising this," Reid wrote.

"A significant number of members have invalid email addresses in MemberDB (the database used by the organisation) as identified by the recent survey," she added.

According to the report, the organisation appears to be trying to limit its media exposure. The only initiatives it lists to boost publicity are limited to increasing the use of Twitter as a social media channel and producing a newsletter with community assistance.

At present, it has a relatively small number of Twitter followers at 650. But the newsletter bombed after one issue and a second never came out.

"Future efforts to publish a regular newsletter would benefit from greater community involvement," Reid noted.

Reid also noted the controversies that arose on the list due to what she termed "inflammatory posts", writing: "Unfortunately, a number of inflammatory posts on the mailing list
consumed administrative time through response activities; such effort could be better directed more constructively."

No mention was made of the request by members to provide some assistance for pensioners and the unemployed to attend the annual conference and what the organisation plans to do about it. Thus far, it has said nothing about this.

Image taken from the Linux Australia website.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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