[kwlug-disc] (In progress) kwlug candidate meeting site sourced.

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sat Dec 19 10:05:07 EST 2009


On Sat, 19 Dec 2009, Raul Suarez wrote:

> I really think that the KWLUG has gone on quite successfully without
> the need to define or frame it.

  and i realize that i'm not going to win any friends with what i'm
about to say, but i would disagree that KWLUG has been a "success,"
depending on your definition of the word.

  i first got involved with KWLUG after i moved back to canada from
the states several years back.  at that time (IIRC), it was meeting at
the working centre.  and at that time, linux was in the process of
catching fire.

  fast forward several years to today.  linux is all the rage, you can
get it on netbooks, everyone's talking about it, you can't turn around
without the mainstream media writing about the delights of open
source and ... KWLUG is currently looking for a place to meet.

  how exactly does that qualify as "successful?"

  linux has been on nothing but an upward trajectory every single year
for the last decade, and if KWLUG had been keeping pace, people would
be beating down the doors to get in, reporters would be trying to get
quotes or opinions about current developments ... you get the idea.

  i don't see that that's happened.  in fact, KWLUG has gone in
exactly the *opposite* direction.  while linux has been growing
wildly, KWLUG has gone from having a place to meet to *not* having a
place to meet.  using what imaginable metric is that "successful?"

  if the current membership is happy with the way things are, that's
fine.  maybe i'm just being overly critical.  but the thought that a
*linux* user group in the most technically-advanced community in the
country can't find a reliable place to meet strikes me as just plain
weird.

  you may now yell at me.

rday
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