[plug] opensource.wa.gov.au WTF?!

Robby Cribbes Robby at cribbes.com
Fri Jun 20 12:33:38 WST 2008

Hey Tomasz,

Just in relation to the closure of OSWA, I am aware of this, albeit not the plug archive, but the news page mention you guys got, as well as talking to Phil, before he left.
However, initially it would appear the OSWA website was hacked, at wherever-it-is, and was used to host warez downloads, then was just subsequently dropped, from what I can see.

However, as to the stupid question point, I fear I may have to 'suck it up' as you may say, and post here. :)

Or even better yet, attend a seminar, and not document my mistakes....(May be good to meet a few new faces.)



-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at plug.org.au [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au] On Behalf Of Tomasz Grzegurzko
Sent: Friday, 20 June 2008 12:24 PM
To: plug at plug.org.au
Subject: Re: [plug] opensource.wa.gov.au WTF?!

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM, Robby Cribbes <Robby at cribbes.com> wrote:
> Hey Guys,
> I am yet another long time lurker, and first time poster, and yes, I'm from the so called 'big apple' (from the thread last week or so,) actually not far from CCGS in Claremont. Between my friends I'm referred to as (scary yes) the windows guru of sorts, but also Cisco.--But I'm here for bettering my Linux understanding- as well as interoperability between the OS's.
> I apologise to the list mods, the previous e-mail I sent to the list, was quarantined, due to an aliasing error on my end, and stupidly I didn't click the right button to delete the original, so it should be in awaiting-approval, and can be deleted please!
> Anywho, the main reason for my post, is recently I've tried accessing the http://www.opensource.wa.gov.au site, only to be met with a timeout. Ok, not a problem, so I Google it for the cache. Then I find something mentioning greg34, and free software downloads. If I Keep looking I find ads for "free MP3's" and "hot mommas in stockings" or something to that effect, usually put on Asian warez sites(-well not a good sign for a government website). But no website itself. And I can't find anything else in relation Linux, and Perth, apart from basically PLUG.
> I've dealt with Phil @OSWA a few times, and often would be the subject of questions I would not dare actually post to a mailing list, as I do wish to have a career at some point. Usually to be met nicely with a full explanation of why I'm wrong, and the actual theory behind it.
> So does anyone here know what's going on with this? Is there another group coming into existence, which I haven't heard about? Or are we basically on our own in this? (Apart from resources already able to be used here in Perth. Albeit without support from the government?)
> Cheers,
> Rob
> Disturbthepeace at iinet.net.au
> robby at cribbes.com

Sad story about OSWA. You'll find discussions about it in earlier plug
archives. To cut to the chase, you may have to overcome your fear and
post to the list when you need Linux help :)

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