I'd have to disagree with Kate on this one, changing the name of the ILUG
isn't the way to go. IMHO ILUG stands for the 'generic' idea we all share,
so it doesn't mention FreeBSD / GNU / KitchenSinkOS 4 or whatever else we're
interested in on the side !
We all have an interest in GNU software, most of us use it in our everyday
lives, and more power to the FSF et al. but at the same time, we are a group
of users of the OS that for better or worse is known as Linux, and therefore
ILUG fits the bill. Yes we could go along the 'purist' path and use
Debian/GNU Linux (or HURD) but most of us tend towards RH / SuSE etc because
they supply what we want.
GNU / GPL / FSF are a state of mind, a mindset I personally like, although
most people who are using the software don't care what licence it is under
as long as it Just Works (TM). Ireland has one of the highest software
piracy rates in the western world, I can't see people being overly worried
as to the original cost of the software or whether they are *legally*
allowed to copy / distribute / modify it themselves. In the end we all use
*free* tools, I can't count one of us who *only* uses GNU / free tools or
even one of us who uses solely *free* software ...
As Liam nearly said, most people (myself included) can't stand anyone
whining on that we're not calling something by it's correct name. When was
the last time Electrolux complained about their vacum cleaner being called a
Hoover, or Panasonic about their personal CD player being called a DiscMan ?
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