Help with 'Open Source' Briefing

Brad Hards bhards at
Sun Dec 8 16:41:20 EST 2002

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On Sun, 8 Dec 2002 15:55, Steve Jenkin wrote:
> I've got an hour on Thu 19th Dec with Ted Quinlan [deputy Chief minister]
> to 'brief' him on Open Source.
> I've got the structure done [4 sections: 'What is  "Open Src"', 'Examples',
> 'Local Advantages', 'Actions']  I've had it explained to me to keep it
> _simple_ and brief and not to expect any reaction on the spot [that's up to
> the advisors & party machine later].
> I'm asking the group for specific help on 2 points:
> - Real URL's that show that using OpenSrc is 'safe', especially in Govt. is a lengthy, but balanced report from a 
well respected organisation.

> - Any URL's or refs to articles that show Canberra/ACT is 'uniquely
> blessed' wrt OpenSrc
>   [A friend remembered an article claiming "4 of the 'top ten' opensrc
> developers' were in ACT.  Tridge, Paulus, Rusty Russell.  Anyone seen the
> article or can name the fourth?]
I'm not sure that anyone can make a "top ten" list that people would agree 
with. Some metrics based on conferences: is the main Linux conference in Australia. The 2002 conference 
had about 7 speakers from Canberra, and 2003 has 5 (of 35, worldwide). The 
last AUUG conference appears to have about 5 canberra speakers.
The biggest Linux (kernel) conference (OLS) looks to have 3 nominally 
Australian speakers, of whom one was from Canberra. I'm not sure if the other 
two are still living in Australia.
Linux Kongress (Europe) had three Australian speakers, two from Canberra, and 
one living in Amsterdam.

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