[fosscomm] status of individuals
lawgon at au-kbc.org
Sun Jul 12 18:49:02 PDT 2009
the majority of the foss community are individuals who are not part of nor
represent organisations. For example, the only two registered LUGs in India
are Delhi and Pune. All the rest are neither registered bodies nor are likely
to be registered in the near future. As such, no one can 'represent' them.
Further there are large numbers of people who do not belong to these bodies at
all but are still active in the community. Take me, I am a 'member' of several
LUGs in the sense that I take active part in their activities, but cannot
represent them - no one can represent them, so they cannot be part of
FOSSCOMM. At the most these LUGs can encourage their members to support
FOSSCOMM initiatives. I work for NRC-FOSS which again is not a legal entity as
it is a DIT project - and DIT is not going to join FOSSCOMM. Obviously
FOSSCOMM will have to have both individual and organisational members.
As an individual, I support the letter - but can only show my support if the
concept of having individual members is accepted.
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