I am a local Linux activist. I am secretary of a local LINUX Lug, and I have written commentaries on Free Software/Open Source Software history. When I read about the LINUX Foundation Collaboration Summit in the local paper I thought I would like to attend. So, I put on my suit, which I do not wear often and headed off for the Pickle Research Center.
When I reached the summit registration, I talked to Jennifer Cloer. I said that I was secretary of a Local Lug and that I have written on Free software/open source history. I asked to attend as an observer and journalist. She said that journalists were only allowed the previous day and that remaining days were only for Linux Foundation Members. Our local LUG was never notified of the existence of the summit in Austin.
The front page of the Linux Foundataion's Web page says "The Linux Foundation is a non profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux". Fostering the growth of Linux is also what Austin Linux Group is supposed to be doing. The event was called the "collaboration summit", but apparently the LINUX foundation did not want to colaborate with any one but themselves.
There was a forum on open source legal issues from which I could have profited. Too bad.
I believe that local LUGS and local LINUX activists have much to contribute to the development of LINUX. I believe that the LINUX FOUNDATION is making a mistake by excluding them.
We are stronger together than separate.