Advisory Boards

In 2006 CLUE undertook to create Advsory Councils who would assist its Board and executive to understand the needs and perspectives of the diverse FOSS community in Canada.

These Advisory Councils have not yet been defined. Please check back here later or contact us for more information.

Who's CLUE

CLUE is a virtual organization with supporters and members across the country. However, as in all groups there is a core of people who help bring it all together.

(For bios, click on the person's name)

Frequently-asked questions about CLUE

  1. Is CLUE a charity?
    No, CLUE is a Canadian federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporation but it is not registered as a charity. Doing so would be inconsistent with our aims of policy advocacy. As a result, we cannot issue charitable-donation tax receipts; however, CLUE memberships may qualify as an acceptable business expense for tax purposes. Check with your tax advisors to see if this applies to you.

  2. Is CLUE a user group?
    Not in the same way as most conventional computer user groups. CLUE does not hold regular meetings, run regular public education events or distribute software. We work with and support affiliated groups, with which we work together to support FOSS at both the local and national levels.


The existence of a vibrant and active community has been critical to the worldwide growth in the use of open source software such as Linux, Apache, Firefox, and Jboss. The acceptance of open source distribution and development models into the IT mainstream has been the result of hard work by a combination of grassroots volunteers and commercial support organizations. Most of the technical obstacles to using open source have been eliminated, as people and organizations within the public and private sectors have discovered its many advantages.

Canada is home to many open source software projects, as well as a thriving community of users, academics, developers and vendors. The country has the potential to develop open source based IT into a truly home-grown infrastructure which encourages innovation, creates jobs, and offers export opportunities to serve the world's growing demand for open source expertise.

Our Goals

The Goals of CLUE, in the support of its vision and mission, are to:

  1. Create a membership organization that represents individual, organizational and corporate members of the free and open source software community;

  2. Advance the interests of the community in the development of public policy at the national, provincial and local levels;

  3. Support programs and activities which encourage greater understanding and appreciation of the community's values within the general public as well as the private and public sectors;

  4. Enhance communications and resource-sharing within the community;

Software patents

There has been a lot of discussion about software patents and how evil they are over the past months. Even without the insanities concerning RIM and those concerning "business methods," there has been a lot to really dislike.

But nothing has gotten my back up the way patents (in the US) have been distributed on mathematics.

No, I'm not kidding.

If you studied advanced algebra or calculus, you know that Fourier analysis is an important and often-employed method. It is based on the notion that complex wave forms can be approximated by a sum of sinusoids, each of a different frequency. There are a number of techniques that have been developed to perform analyses employing computers.

CSIA Invitation

**This is the text of the initial CSIA mailing that was sent out in December, 2005.**

Canada's open-source professionals and open-source advocates are coming together to make sure Canada's copyright law continues to support creativity and encourage innovation. Content industry lobbyists are calling for new controls that threaten important activities such as the right to reverse engineer, the right to create interoperable software and the right to conduct security research. These rights are crucial to software innovators and need to be guaranteed.

CSIA Green Sheet

Canadian Software Innovation Alliance Green Sheet

Know your rights as an open source developer!

The Copyright Act isn't only about stopping people from copying music, movies, and software. Copyright law is also about balance between the rights of creators and the rights of users, and the Copyright Act makes sure of that.


Note: A new website has been launched at This is a historical page from 2005.


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