Home opinion-and-analysis Open Sauce Elitist Linux Australia has no time for the less fortunate

Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Is Australia's national Linux conference, better known as LCA, really a community-run event meant for all and sundry? Or is it only meant for those who have money?

Linux Australia, which runs the conference through various organisers in different parts of Australia, and occasionally New Zealand, is mum when asked what it intends to do to help pensioners and the unemployed attend the conference.

Its president, Joshua Hesketh, has not responded to a request for comment on this issue, which was raised on the Linux Australia mailing lists on October 16. Doubtless, Hesketh has a great many important things to attend to.

In its code of conduct for the forthcoming conference, a somewhat laughable document, Linux Australia states: "Linux Australia aims to provide fun, welcoming and professional environments so that diverse groups of people - regardless of age, race, gender identity or expression, background, disability, appearance, sexuality, walk of life, or religion - can get together to learn from and be inspired by each other about all things Free and Open Source."

Of course, its definition of diversity does not extend to the unemployed and pensioners. Therein lies the hypocrisy. It cannot also cope with criticism. But that's a tale for another day.

Professional delegates have to pay $970. Students pay $99. Hobbyists - and presumably pensioners and the unemployed - have to pay $399. Where do pensioners and the unemployed get this kind of money? Does it grow on trees near the venue of the conference?

It's not as though Linux Australia is short of funds. The organisation makes enough money from the annual conference to manage right through the year and also shore up quite a few smaller events.

It has money to throw at organisations like The Ada Initiative which spend more than 90 per cent of funds collected on its own staff.

But when it comes to the less fortunate ones on its own doorstep, Linux Australia looks the other way. Its elitist mindset does not permit it to offer succour and support to those in need.

Yet it continues to trumpet itself as a volunteer-run, community-driven event. The only response to this is the same as that of the Dickensian character Scrooge: "Bah, humbug."

WEBINAR 26/27th May

Thinking of deploying Business Intelligence (BI)? So are your competitors.

And the most important, fundamental, tool for delivering your BI information to your users? Dashboards.

THIS IS ONE NOT TO MISS SO REGISTER NOW

DON'T MISS OUT - REGISTER NOW!

FREE WHITEPAPER - RISKS OF MOVING DATABASES TO VMWARE

VMware changed the rules about the server resources required to keep a database responding

It's now more difficult for DBAs to see interaction between the database and server resources

This whitepaper highlights the key differences between performance management between physical and virtual servers, and maps out the five most common trouble spots when moving production databases to VMware

1. Innacurate metrics
2. Dynamic resource allocation
3. No control over Host Resources
4. Limited DBA visibility
5. Mutual ignorance

Don't move your database to VMware before learning about these potential risks, download this FREE Whitepaper now!

DOWNLOAD!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

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.

Connect

 

 

 

 

Join the iTWire Community and be part of the latest news, invites to exclusive events, whitepapers and educational materials and oppertunities.
Why do I want to receive this daily update?
  • The latest features from iTWire
  • Free whitepaper downloads
  • Industry opportunities