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Re: [fsfc-discuss] A first time hello

From: Mirko Lindner
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] A first time hello
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 20:19:18 +0100

On 24 Feb 2008, at 01:03, Russell McOrmond wrote:

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).

I have to admit that for the time being any action physically taking place in Canada would be difficult for me to participate in, as I am in Sweden (being a German that lies closer). But I think preparing the necessary steps and talking (mailing) to and with the right people and get something happening should be doable even over the distance.

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.

I completely agree with you, there is much more to the Free Software Foundation than "just" software development. I am an Intern at the FSFE right now and we are organizing the second Free Software Conference in the nordic Counrties this year to provide a meeting- point and a platform for future development. I am also actively involved in the creative commons here in sweden and therefore do much more work "on the basis/the users" so to speak, which relates to your comment.

It is (or should be) clear that the policy work needed in Canada is very different than the policy work needed in the USA.
I think the assumption that a FSFC (no matter in which shape for form) has the same goals/aims as the FSF is indeed the biggest misconception and I believe if we formulate the tasks at hand for a Canadian Chapter of the FSF and prove to people that indeed they differ from the FSF's we will be able to bring people aboard the idea.

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