rfunk at funknet.net
Fri Dec 18 15:00:14 EST 2009
[Maybe on my third attempt I can send this properly....]
On Friday 18 December 2009 10:16:33 am Jim Wildman wrote:
> so this brings up the bigger question...is COLUG relevant anymore? Any
> thoughts from anyone?
The last few years I've felt like Linux has gotten so easy to use that
there's not nearly as much call for a "support" group of the sort that this
used to be.
It's gotten to the point that I can install Ubuntu on a nontechnical friend's
machine and set them loose with no support needed, as long as I remembered to
do all the post-install stuff for Flash and DVDs and such.
We even have major cellphone companies selling phones based on a form of
Linux (Android), with most of their customers not knowing or caring that
there's a Linux kernel in there. (They only care how it compares to the
There's still interesting stuff happening, some of which may be appropriate
for COLUG to cover, but I feel like "how do I make XYZ work on Linux" used to
be the primary driving force of COLUG, and is no longer as necessary.
(Another factor may be that MacOS X has fulfilled many Linux geeks' need for
a no-compromises easy-to-use Unix. Even I use it for my living-room media
The Linux group up in Canton (where I spent six years of this decade) kind of
died off for a number of years, but some people I used to work with are
trying to revive it for 2010. Their tentative list of topics includes:
- KDE4 and how you use it
- FireFox Plugins and what you use
- Security and how you secure your Linux distribution
- Creating a Linux media box/center
- Ruby and all its uses and glory
- Commands you didn't know you should know
(They alternate these with "geek socializing, hacking and networking".)
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