The Linux Foundation excludes local Linux activist from local Summit

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.

The Linux Foundation

I don't understand why they did this :(

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Hey all,

I think perhaps this is getting over-escalated. The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit has, for the past two years, been a "register in advance" event for members of LF - While it's unfortunate that a member of the community had to get turned away, bear in mind that space is limited at this sort of event (having no show floor or entry fee), and the organizers generally have to plan well in advance for chairs, food, infrastructure, etc. For example, Kernel Summit is also invite-only, has an entry fee, LinuxWorld is subsidized by vendors on the show floor.

I'm not trying to minimize the contribution of local LUGs and activists at all, just please keep in mind that this event was a Linux Foundation event for members of the LF - and anyone can join...

Br1an, here's why you're wrong.

They held this Linux Foundation Summit in Austin. Paul Elliot is the Secretary for the *Austin* Linux User Group.

Just out of respect for the natives of Austin, they should have made a choice not to slouch back on bureaucratic policy and instead, make an exception to that policy in order to be good guests and pay respect to the local Linux Kernel enthusiasts.

Instead, they big-timed him and sent him home. That's when you know your movement has been co-opted and it's no longer a progressive social force.

Now, the best thing they can do is make Paul Elliot feel like remaining a Linux Kernel enthusiast by apologizing and showing they have a sense of society and they relate to him and the Austin LUG in a comradely way.

If the bigwigs at the Linux Foundation don't take care of their constituents, we'll be happy to have their participation on the original GNU project.

Maybe you should join a Free Software group instead.

The Linux Kernel project is for big corporations first and foremost.

Linus Torvald has made it perfectly clear that software freedom isn't his top priority.

You can go on being ignored as a "Linux" evangelist, but why not get serious and join the Free Software Foundation instead? Besides, LUGs should be called G/LUGs because it's GNU/Linux.

"Exclusion" blog entry draws some comment; clarification

It appears that my entry on my exclusion has drawn some comment from Joe Barr's internet article on While I stand by that entry, I would like to make the following clarifications.

The exclusion was unwise, not illegal. The Linux Foundation had the legal right to exclude me.

I bear the Linux Foundation, or its goals, or people no long term hostility. I wish the Linux Foundation success in its goal of " fostering the growth of Linux". However the criticism was warrented. Without criticism, we would never learn from our mistakes, and I make them too.

I do not believe that I was asking to be a freeloader. Although I am in between jobs at the moment, and do not have a lot of money, I am knowledgeable about several aspect of Linux, and I believe that if I were allowed to participate, I would have found a way to give back equal value to that I received to the Linux community.

Let us hope that in the future we will all find more powerfull ways to interact, contributing to the future of Linux.

Paul Elliott


I wasn't given to understand that the organizers of open source conferences are obligated to notify local LUGs of meetings taking place in their area. In fact, I don't know of any that do. On the other hand, apparently it wasn't done undercover since you read about it in your local paper. Further, a quick Google search reveals dozens of publications that talked about the event well in advance of the Summit.

Certainly "local LUGs and local Linux activists" have a lot to contribute to the development of Linux, which has nothing to do with you not being allowed to attend this invitation-only conference. According to this post, you asked to attend as an "observer and journalist." Journalists *were* permitted to attend certain days but I don't gather that you registered in advance like the journalists who attended. The remaining days are, as you were told, for members, not observers -- members who have paid a lot of money for the privilege of meeting and discussing things in an environment of their choosing.

I don't understand where it becomes LF's fault that you didn't get to be where you wanted to be when you wanted to be there.

As an end user, perhaps you would be interested in this?

If you'd like to give input to developers, perhaps you want to attend this?

In fact, here's a calendar of all their upcoming events in case you'd like to arrange for media access along with all the other journalists who will no doubt be attending:

Lisa Hoover

Excuses won't give the Austin LUG warm feelings about this.

It was an elitist and exclusive event. Who wants to deal with a bureaucratic, elitist organization? Only elitists and bureaucrats like that kind of event. The Linux Foundation can leave out the little guys, but the little guys can find a new kernel if they must.

So the Linux Foundation attacking local user groups now?

>I don't understand where it becomes LF's fault that you didn't get to be where you wanted to be when you wanted to be there.

Wow! The Linux Foundation certainly is going out of its way to smear this poor guy's reputation. Lisa is working very hard to make this guy seem some sort of dolt who doesn't know how to read a newspaper, or doesn't have any idea of how full-time journalists register for conferences. Instead of being helpful and explaining why LF isn't allowing journalists on the 2nd and 3rd day, this person just provides snide and hostile comments.

Isn't this the sort of FUD that Microsoft is accused of?

More importantly, is this the sort of attack that other Linux User Groups can expect in the future? It's pretty clear from the tone of Lisa's response that the Linux Foundation wants nothing to do with desktop and hobbiest Linux users.

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