[kwlug-disc] why not pick a kwlug project for the web site?
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sun Dec 27 17:29:52 EST 2009
Actually ... doesn't this really mirror the earlier suggestion of a
kwlug wiki - which would allow all such content (below)?
i.e. the content <-> infrastructure chicken and egg that's been going
around in circles here.
The circle, I suspect, a reflection of the 'awkwardness' of the
kwlug.org drupal setup?
unsolicited wrote, On 12/27/2009 5:19 PM:
> Robert P. J. Day wrote, On 12/27/2009 3:21 AM:
>> here's one that i think would have some value -- recommended open
>> source alternatives to standard MS apps. i've seen a number of those
>> lists over the years, and most of them suffer from a couple major
>> * out-of-date
>> * trying to list every possible alternative to a windows app, as
>> opposed to just the one or two that are worth knowing
>> a web page like that would be trivially easy to start -- for IE,
>> there's firefox. for MS office, there's openoffice. those are the
>> no-brainers. but keep going. i think a list like that that's kept
>> current would have *immense* value, and would quickly attract a
>> readership from all over.
>> thoughts? surely there's enough brainpower in the LUG for a project
>> like that.
> Agreed, but, there are too many similar lists out there to be worth
> duplicating. I do agree kwlug.org pointing to a favourite one would be a
> useful link to have present. Perhaps under a 'kwlug Favourite Resource
> Links - Migrating' page.
> I don't disagree with your premises. However, there is far more out
> there, I think, than we can cover. Yes, we are a rich and diverse group,
> but I doubt we cover every possible category out there with personal
> favourites. If the solution seeker can not find the sum total of such
> recommendations in one spot, then we are contributing to the issues you
> mention, not solving them. Anybody here really know ERP? CAD?
> Numismatics? SAP? Actuary/Statistical?
> Is there not a principle of fixing what's out there (contributing to
> maintenance, updating, etc.) rather than forking or reinventing the wheel?
> Listing every possible alternative is, to me, a feature. It let's me
> cross reference something I'm familiar with back to the best of breed
> Linux / FOSS alternative. Rather than just a category, e.g. Internet
> Browser. As soon as you get into e-mail / contact management / sales
> management / customer resource management / enterprise resource
> management / PIM, all categories get really fuzzy. For example, most, I
> believe, outlook users only use it for e-mail, ignoring the task
> management and calendar aspects. If you're in an enterprise, you get
> into shared calendars, public folders, and other groupware. It gets
> really iffy as to where you should (not) cross-reference something. So,
> if a user can think about how they use outlook, and outlook is
> referenced multiple times, they can narrow down on a suitable
> alternative, for them, more easily.
> I take your beginning point - you would like to drive traffic to
> kwlug.org. You would like it to provide a service to the community - be
> it internet, local K-W, or any other tag someone comes up with.
> Perhaps we can start with a premise / question: What is unique, or can
> kwlug uniquely do?
> At the least, be a hub of Linux/FOSS info. in the k-w community,
> with an emphasis on common usage in the area. e.g. Links to Russian or
> French translations of local k-w community historic site plaques would
> be out, as I expect we don't have too significant a Russian or French
> population here.
> Oktoberfest is obvious, but is probably much better done elsewhere
> on the web. We're the RIM/Blackberry center of the world, but again,
> probably much better done elsewhere. UofW, Laurier, Conestoga, would
> seem to be similar.
> - a pointer to Linux Blackberry <whatever that was> makes eminent sense,
> coming from our own area / kwlug members.
> - a pointer to the Linux / Working Centre services / facilities makes
> - local Linux/FOSS shops / consultants / etc. makes sense.
> - friends of kwlug page? e.g. site sponsors?
> - kwlug is friends with page? e.g. onlinux?
> - given your windows -> FOSS premise, what FOSS resources are in the K-W
> area that Windows users can take advantage of?
> Who can we be a resource for?
> What traffic do we want to drive to us?
> Anyone notice there is no kwlug page on wikipedia?
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