[Ma-linux] Extension to Tux.Org Board of Directors Elections deadline
nick at hackermonkey.com
Tue Jan 23 09:12:52 EST 2007
Serge Wroclawski wrote:
> mailing list outage is illustration that there isn't the resources being
> put into the facility, either equipment or time (ie administrators).
> I and others have offered help and had it rejected. That'd be fine if
> things got done, but they don't.
This is something that interests me. There are many groups that have
this problem, and many groups have similar outages. There was a big push
for donated equipment in the 90's (the dot-com hayday) and all of that
equipment is coming to the end of its extended-extendable life span. I
think our local Linux group server was over 10 years old when it finally
crashed hard. An offroad group I am with has lost its domain name
because the person that registered it (with a really shady registrar)
has gone MIA and the registrar will not release it to anyone else.
Another group I watch but really dont participate in also had a server
crash and it was 'freely located' at someones office. The problem was
that someone had a falling out months before and while they wouldn't fix
the server, they also wouldn't allow anyone else into the office to fix
it. It was finally delivered a few weeks later during the lunch hour in
a McD's parking lot (if I can believe the postings on the list that is).
So my question is, how does an organization not fall prey to the
"dependant on member X" issue while still taking advantage of things
such as free hosting/hardware? Especially in the area of domain name
registration? Being the "IT" guy in a few groups means I have a few
domain names under my own information. I don't mind of course, but I
feel that its a liability to the organization.
So, how do we get the equipment and the name under something more neutral?
Note : Lots of other stuff deleted because I think it only points out
how differently I think but I totally agree with you about the with
title comes responsibility. I just believe that title includes 'volunteer.'
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