WLUG Committee Meeting
29 July 2005
Meeting opened at 5.08pm
Motion: that the minutes are a true and accurate record of the previous meeting
WLUG issued an interim statement on 26 July with regard to the creation of a national Linux organisation. We stand behind the statement and offer the following support in the creation of the group:
We suggest the organisation start small, without incorporating, and suggest the goal that the organisation aims to have its first AGM at Linux.conf.au in Dunedin early next year. While several members of the WLUG are interested in the formation of this group, we suggest that the WLUG itself should have no formal involvement and all people involved should act individually.
We believe that the core of a LUG is meetings, and offering face to face help. WLUG does not have a geographical boundary, and we welcome allcomers to our meetings, but hold them in Hamilton because that is where the core of the membership is.
We have had occasions where we have had speakers from outside the Waikato (for example, New Zealand politicians) that we have assisted at our meetings, and they have expressed an interest in obtaining further support local to them. Because of the lack of a national co-ordination between LUGs, we have not had the ability to put them in contact with the appropriate local people.
Local LUGs are often the centre of grass roots Linux support, and we consider them essential to the development of Linux communities in New Zealand. We would like the new national Linux organization to have a goal of fostering LUG development in areas that do not currently have a regional LUG.
There is a feeling among members of the committee that in hindsight, the offer of hosting a "NZLUG view" into the WLUG wiki was made prematurely.
The WLUG committee are committed to making our wiki useful and accessible to everyone, while retaining its identity as "the official WLUG website". We would like the wiki to be relevant to all of NZ's Linux users, not just those involved with WLUG or NZLUG. We also respect that much of the content has specific relevance to only New Zealand.
The committee decided that the first option may send the wrong signals regarding our intentions, and has therefore decided to offer the alternative view under the tentative name of "New Zealand Linux Wiki", and publicise it to all New Zealand LUGs.
No correspondence this month.
No general business this month.
Meeting closed at 6:34pm.