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Re: [fsfc-discuss] Ping

From: Russell McOrmond
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] Ping
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 09:11:29 -0400 (EDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (LFD 1167 2008-08-23)

On Wed, 1 Apr 2009, Fabian Rodriguez wrote:

I noticed it's been quiet here for a while, just curious to know what is
going on with free software outside of Ontario and Quebec. And most
importantly, is there a need for an FSF.ca at all ?

It seems that it has remained quiet. I'm just going through older email (more availability at end of a busy contract), and found this.

I still believe an FSF.ca would be very useful. I'm not thinking about a GNU project (IE: a group that is authoring software) given I believe that software is already being written, but an FSF Canada that focuses on the advocacy and policy work.

We just had a public consultation on Copyright, and while I submitted CLUE's policy summary to the consultation there was little FLOSS visability that I'm aware of. I don't know if FSF itself, which indicates they support North America, made a formal submission to the process. It should have, and had many Canadians sign onto it to demonstrate it is a message from Canadians, but this needed to have been coordinated.

There will always be things like that which needs people flying the FSF flag to be doing work (and be visible) in Canada.

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