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The Naming of User Groups

Yesterday, I was involved in a rehash of the age-old gripe about CLUG being Linux-centric. To give you an idea of how long this has been going on, I submit a statement made in January 2000.

The discussion started around whether or not attending GeekDinner and/or CLUG meetings was beneficial. One argument against CLUG meetings was that

most of this stuff, it's easier for me to read up on, or in the case of ZFS, actually have running myself. So a talk on it, while nice, is superfluous to requirements
My response to that is quite simply that these things are more about meeting people and networking than actually benefitting from the talks. This brings me back to the point I made yesterday, and which Nick Coyne has agreed with - small tables aren't conducive to networking. But I digress.

My antagonist said that meeting people wasn't desirable, because the only people you'd meet would be CLUG people, "Linux weenies", who exclude FreeBSD, Solaris, Irix, etc, and go "Linux or nothing!". I didn't think that any of us were "Linux or nothing", but when I mentioned this, I was referred to the "L" in the name "CLUG".

So, I hereby propose a name change, to CDG/LVUGSFLOSSOSOCE: the Cape Debian Gnu/Linux and Variants User Group Supporting Free and Libre Open Source Software, Open Standards, Open Content, and Evolution.

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