An inquiry into how these classes of people could register on the conference website, posted to the Linux Australia mailing list on October 16, is yet to elicit an official response.
While there has been no official response to the post about pensioners and the unemployed, as usual there have been a number of responses from members, many of which incline to the view that these classes of people should pay the regular rate.
According to the last report from the treasurer, the organisation made a profit of around $80,000 for the year 2011-2012. In the same report, its net assets were valued at $391,235.
Apart from the conferences, Linux Australia provides grants for special projects; one organisation which has been receiving a grant is the Ada Initiative, a body that claims to be working to increase the participation of women in technology, and which, according to its last filing with the IRS in 2011 (pdf), spent more than 90 per cent of the money it raised on its own staff.
Comment has been sought from the Linux Australia president Joshua Hesketh.