"John P. Looney" wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 09, 2000 at 10:38:44AM +0000, Con Hennessy mentioned:
> > "Kate" wrote:
> > What about Irish Open Source User Group ?
> > [ Maybe the order would have to be change as the abbr.. IOSUG could
> > be mispronounced badly if the "O" is silent :-]
>> You weren't at the RMS talk last night then.
DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!
I misread the dates, and thought that it was tonight :-(
> I doubt there was a person there that didn't leave feeling guilty about
> calling what they used "Linux", instead of "GNU", and feeling shame for
> using terms like "Open Source", when in reality it means "I don't want to
> mention principles, ideas and human rights like 'helping people by sharing
> software', and 'being allowed to share is not as important than having
> something that is cheap and reliable', because such things scary business
Even though I am sure that I will not be able to "discuss" the points
eloquently enough, I think that ILUG is more than just a community of
GNU/Linux/*BSD people, it is really more like a group which uses
products and components which come under various licences ( artistic,
open, GPL, LGPL, MPL, NPL, QPL, ......... ) but where essentially they
have access to code and certain rights which are far beyond the traditional
But besides a licence discussion what I think would be great is if we could
come up with a name which encapsulates all of this.
[But putting on my Devils Advocate hat......]
However the name would also need to be instantly recognizable as indicating
what the group stands for and as a rallying point for new users.
And at the moment the name "Irish Linux Users Group" probably does this
better than most.
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