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Monday, 28 October 2013 12:35

LCA: no concession for unemployed, pensioners


Pensioners and unemployed people who wish to attend the annual Linux conference organised by Linux Australia will have to pay the same rates as those paid by professional delegates.

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.

Professional delegates to the conference, which will be held in January in Perth, will have to pay $970. Students are offered a special rate of $99.

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.

Linux Australia generates most of its operating expenses from its annual conference; a smaller proportion of its income comes from smaller events it sponsors during the year.

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.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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