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Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux - CLUE relaunches to tackle social policies around technology choices [ITBusiness.ca]
Happy New Year everyone. Just before the New Year, CLUE quietly flipped the switch on our new Drupal based website; we hope you like it. The switch to a Content Management System will allow for the addition of content in a more timely manner than previously experienced.
With the website update also comes a significant expansion of the focus of CLUE. While CLUE was founded as a National Linux User Group of sorts, providing use of the @linux.ca domain name to Linux users etc., CLUE will now encompass embrace the broader community that is Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Canada.
Do LUGs still matter? - Commentary -- There is no question that LUGs -- Linux User Groups -- have been important to the rapid growth and adoption of Linux. In the early years, a typical LUG brought together early adopters from every walk of life who had a missionary zeal for Linux. Today, most members are IT professionals. Given that, I wonder, do LUGs matter any longer? [Newsforge]
Postal codes by federal ridings (2003 representation order) file (PCFRF) tools - I have had a few people ask about it, so I decided to publish the tools I created. If you use this, please let me know and please send any enhancements.
Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform - Chris Smith of Toronto send a letter to the Toronto Star:
Open source everywhere for Canadian brokerage - After years of working with Linux and other open source software, Nigel Fortlage still calls himself a newbie -- albeit a "very much dedicated" newbie. Since his company first began using open source software eight years ago, Fortlage and his staff have not even considered going back to proprietary systems, even through upgrades and overhauls of the local area network and IT infrastructure. [Newsforge]
With the impending birth of a new year, CLUE is being relaunched nationally January 1, 2006. Growing from its roots as the Canadian Linux Users Exchange, CLUE has dropped the exclusivity of being a Linux organization to embrace the broader community that is Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Canada. With this relaunch comes some highly anticipated projects, such as the National Open Source Weekend and the Adopt program. Both will be detailed further and launched individually in the coming weeks. The current CLUE membership of 1947 members is expected to grow considerably in the near future and extra effort will be given to providing as much feedback and inclusion to members in the daily administration of CLUE.
Note: A new website has been launched at softwareinnovation.ca. This is a historical page from 2005.
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