about the ilug splintering into smaller more local lugs...
I think its all very well to have local groups of people to meet
up with and chat about linux, socialise etc.
But will the focus and energy get diluted? I honestly don't
know. It might be a good thing, or it might be a bad thing.
I am a bit worried though that the main linux user group site
might be adversly affected. I think that peoples energy
should be put into having one definitive and mother of all
sites without time and energy being wasted on near replicas.
If there is to be a local cork.linux.ie website, i recommend
that it be purely local and that articles, tutorials, references
and such like should remain to be written up for www.linux.ie
rather than scattering them all in the wind.
As far as the "marketing leverage" that regional/local
subdomains are concerned I really don't see any advantage.
The main reason why companies have embraced the web is
to gain a _larger customer base_ and _easier [cheaper]
distribution of [new/updated] product information_.
So what will the great marketing advantage of having a
cork.linux.ie (or galway.linux.ie for example)? I'm afraid I
don't see one.
The subdomains off themes.org work well because there are
so many people interested in them.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not bashing the idea of a cork lug,
only questioning the wisdom of having subdomains for local
areas that will be too small to make full use of.
The Galway lug website is ok, but the news section is dated
23 Sep 1998 and most of the [technical] queries that I see on
their online forum have been forwarded to ilug at linux.ie or in
some cases answered by people from Cork (Owen &
What I'm getting at is that surely it makes more sense to
concentrate on having a more comprehensive website
covering all aspects of linux in Ireland (including local social
activties and suck like) than having having pokey little sites
with out of date information which nobody will take the time
out to reference or even cross reference.
What's the point of that? Nothing that I can see.
I'm sorry if I have tweaked noses a bit too hard here, but
sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
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