[Consortium] Meeting at Karlsruhe
daniel at linuxaudio.org
Wed May 5 05:28:58 EDT 2004
For the benefit of people who weren't able to attend, I'll summarise
the result of the linuxaudio.org meeting at the International Linux
Audio Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany last week.
The two main issues that were discussed were the legal status of the
linuxaudio.org consortium, and website consolidation.
On the first point, several people thought that the organisation could
benefit by becoming a legal entity, such as a registered
not-for-profit organisation. This possibility raises several
questions. In which country would it be registered? How would the
inevitable overhead caused by bureauracy be handled so that it did
not disproportionately consume advocacy resources? Could official
status actually restrict consortium activities?
It was pointed out that linux audio information is distributed among
many different websites, some with ambiguous or misleading domain
names, such as eca.cx or linuxdj.com (which is not really about
DJ'ing). In addition, Dave Phillips is looking for help to automate
content management on linux-sound.org and its mirrors, and for new
The consortium could help here by co-ordinating a reorganisation of
sites around the most appropriate domain names, using sub-domains
where appropriate. Then content management systems could be used to
spread the work of maintaining sites among teams of editors.
Naturally there would have to be legacy links in place to make sure
that information was not lost.
I'd be very interested to hear list members' opinons on these two
issues, or any other matters that need to be raised.
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