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Re: [fsfc-discuss] A first time hello

From: Russell McOrmond
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] A first time hello
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 19:03:33 -0500
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Hello Mark, and sorry for the long delay responding. My first thought was to wait to see if anyone else replied, and then this message got a bit lost in my overly large TODO box.

Mirko Lindner wrote:
concrete plans to form a FSFC in the near future and if there was anything I can do to help.

I'm feeling underwhelmed by the response. What we need to find is people with the energy to put some focus on this. FSFC has my support, but unfortunately I can only give support to someone else and not do it myself (I'm focused on digital-copyright.ca , GOSLINGcommunity.org and related stuff).

If you check the archives at http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/fsfc-discuss/ you will notice that the discussion of past attempts at getting charitable status. There seems to be the suggestion that without the charitable status there is no point to there being an FSF chapter in Canada. I don't agree, and believe that there is more than just the GNU project (IE: funding of software development) that is relevant for an FSF Canada to do. I hear of FSF India hosting conferences, being active in public policy work, and so-on.

It is (or should be) clear that the policy work needed in Canada is very different than the policy work needed in the USA.

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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