24 Jul 2003 Ilan   » (Master)

Random Entry For No Good Reason

I finally got the gumption to start a new Linux Users Group at NC State, which I call NOSUL (North Carolina Organization of Students Using Linux). Unlike other LUG's, NOSUL will be unique in that it is a desktop oriented LUG focused specifically on end-user issues.

I put up fliers announcing the formation of the NOSUL around 7 or 8 buildings on campus. The fliers have the usual "this is who we are, e-mail us if you're interested." There are also posted the first seven rules of NOSUL, to give the reader some initial idea of the 'flavor' of the group.

first rule of nosul: nosul is not a unix group.

second rule of nosul: nosul is not a unix group.

third rule: no terminals or command lines at meetings. we do things graphically and desktopically.

fourth rule: vi, emacs, and shell scripts do not exist.

fifth rule: it is okay to be a beginner. rtfm (read the fine manual) is to be considered a four letter word. there are no stupid end users (just stupid programmers).

sixth rule: it is okay to run operating systems other than linux at meetings, both in the capacity of audience member and presenter.

seventh rule: it is okay, and in fact encouraged, to criticize unusable and badly designed open source software and any projects or companies that produce it.

I actually find working on this group to by quite theraputic. When I get angry about the way that FOSS folks have been treating Those Who Are Not Unix Geeks, I put up a few fliers around NCSU and start feeling better. I think I feel much better because unlike before, where I just sat and stewed and was too scared to do anything, I now feel that I am actually doing something to fight against the traditional FOSS people and what they stand for.

As a wise man once said, it's only when you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.

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