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Friday, 28 January 2011 12:07

Ferlito re-elected Linux Australia president


Sydneysider John Ferlito will continue to be the president of Linux Australia after he was elected unopposed in the organisation's elections which were held recently.

Ferlito came to the presidency in a rather unusual way in 2010 when the elected president, James Turnbull, chose to take up a job in the US.

Though he was not next in the line of succession, Ferlito put up his hand up to take over after the vice-president at the time, Lindsay Holmswood, opted out due to the impending arrival of a child.

The list of office-bearers for 2011 was made public at the Linux Australia annual general meeting which was held in Brisbane on Australia Day, the venue being the same as that of the ongoing 12th Australian national Linux conference.

The other office-bearers are: Alice Boxhall (vice-president), Peter Lieverdink (secretary), Joshua Hesketh (treasurer), and Mary Gardiner, Kelly Yeoh and Michael Carden (committee members).

There was one nomination for every post apart from that of the committee members.
John Ferlito
In his president's report, Ferlito (left) said that the results of the membership survey, which had been conducted by Turnbull, were ready and would be announced by the end of the ongoing LCA.

He also pointed out that this year, Linux Australia had expanded its support of conferences to Wordcamp 2011, PyConAU 2010 and Drupal Down Under 2011. Until now, the organisation has only financially supported LCA.

The organisation used its grants scheme in 2010, roughly totalling $20,000, to support the Sydney Education Expo, Software Freedom Day in Canberra and Melbourne, the first stage of Sydney lawyer Brendan Scott's research into open source licence compliance and also sponsored the Libre Graphics Meeting 2010.

During the past year, Ferlito also worked as a consultant to accounting company, Muli, in trying to develop an open source equivalent for the API that is used to interface with financial management software under the standard business reporting programme (SBR).


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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