[Consortium] Advertising Policy - linuxaudio.org

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Fri Apr 20 08:36:16 UTC 2012

On Fri, April 20, 2012 10:09 am, Aymeric Mansoux wrote:
> Patrick Shirkey said :
>> If anyone has any further reservations about this direction please let
>> us
>> know as I would like to proceed with this first "customer" and will need
>> to migrate the subdomains to the new location first.
> I find the whole discussion quite confusing to be honest. This is
> probably linked to the history of the consortium and the fact its legal
> status and who owns what for what purposes, and as consequence its goal,
> is rather unclear.

The goal of the Cosortium is clearly set out in the policy page:


> At this point it would be helpful to make a clear distinction between
> the following issues instead of using them interchangeably:
> 1. Sustainability of the consortium infrastructure (hardware, software
> amd meatware).

Currently the entire content hosted under the LAO domain is located on the
Virginia tech server which is provided free of charge and is maintained
primarily by Robin and Ico. there are several other people who maintain
subdomains. Currently no one is paid to provide these services.

> 2. Promotion of GNU/Linux as a creative platform.

That is one of the core principals behind the establishment of the

> 3. Decoupling the commercial interests of some parties from the
> Linux audio community.

Decoupling has a negative connotation. Are you suggesting that Linux Audio
should have no commercial interests? If that is your opinion then I think
you are on the wrong mailing list.

> Next to that, my personal take on advertising on linuaudio.org is that
> the Net is already crippled with ads. Online marketing techniques come
> with strings attached such as the general development of pervasive
> tracking systems and I find rather disappointing that the consortium is
> OK to offer its audience and community to such deceptive practices.

That is a valid point and would be worth having a policy in regards to. As
we own the channel we can decide what tracking if any is included for
analytical purposes.

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd

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