[vox-if] January IF report, any upcoming planned?
scofield at omsoft.com
Sat Feb 16 08:43:36 PST 2008
On Friday 15 February 2008, Christopher James McKenzie wrote:
> Trying to get the CS Club on campus involved has been a dismal failure.
> Maybe some lateral organization could support us... for instance,
> perhaps Linux is really used in say, botany, and there are wonderful
> botany applications (theoretical) - then perhaps going to the botany
> club could be the best way to get a staff for publicity.
> That's promotion from a user side; People are passionate about their
> field, and if linux helps them explore their field, then they can be
> passionate about getting other people in similar fields to also use it...
How about the Math Department? It seems like at least three LUGOD members
work for the Math Dept.; a couple of them doing computer support work there
(if I'm not mistaken). That's odd about the CS club.
> There is also promotion from a politics side, which people are *so*
> passionate about, that every few decades they start going to war over
> it. Anyway, this has to be done *with extreme caution* however, for
> fear that we associate with a pariah.
> What we would really be looking for is a more anarchist or community
> oriented group. This would include people like the Greens and the
> Libertarians - whom I've met a lot of through Linux related projects.
> Maybe even bike church/SSA people since they are pretty strong on
> .. anyway, those are some ideas ..
One thing you can point out to the anarchists is that Debian and K/Ubuntu have
an anarchism package. This is no joke. Debian has a large package on
anarchism under the documentation section. At the last Whole Earth Festival
there was a group of anarchists from Modesto with a large table. If they
show up this year, maybe we can hit them with some literature.
I assume that there are already a lot of libertarians using Linux. I wouldn't
be surprised if this were the case given the technological notoriety that the
Ron Paul supporters have gotten during the election campaign.
I have been pleasantly surprised over the year at the number of Yolo County
Greens that use Linux. Some of these people have left the area. I have
forwarded several IF announcements to the Yolo Green Announcement list over
the years including a couple of announcements recently. And a few years ago
I sent out a four part essay on why Greens should be using Linux. (I wonder
if I can find that.)
Tonight I will send your most recent announcement, with a little message, out
to the Central Greens list. The Central Greens list goes to people from
Bakersfield to the Oregon border. I will offer to meet any out of towners
and escort them to the IF site.
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