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Re: [Fwd: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Fwd: [Wylug-announce] Marketing Initiati

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Fwd: [Wylug-announce] Marketing Initiative for Open Source Practitioners
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:38:45 +0000
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Tim Dobson <address@hidden> wrote:
> Personally it seems a bit strange to me considering the existence of the
> Open Source Consortium[1] - set up to fulfill a similar purpose, as far 
> as I can see. Unfortunately, the only information I can find out about 
> this is in the contents of that email...
> Tim
> [1] http://www.opensourceconsortium.org/

I think we (TTLLP soon to be software.coop) didn't join the Open
Source Consortium because it was a relatively expensive pay-to-play
market (for example, it costs more than we pay Cooperatives-UK.coop
for a far wider range of member benefits), with no performance data,
no quality/direction control and a gag on how much we could speak
about free software rather than open source - but it looks like some
of that has changed since I last looked.

So I think there's room for other FOSS organisations in co.uk.

I wish os4b and this as-yet-unnamed group would collaborate with
things like gnuherds.org instead of taking money from Regional
Development Agencies and making their own little islands.  I can't
review what os4b has done because its Google Group is private.  Anyone
got more knowledge about it that they can share with us?

MJ Ray (slef)
Webmaster for hire, statistician and online shop builder for a small
worker cooperative http://www.ttllp.co.uk/ http://mjr.towers.org.uk/
(Notice http://mjr.towers.org.uk/email.html) tel:+44-844-4437-237

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