[oclug] Selling out?
dmo+oclug at dmo.ca
Fri May 7 10:35:11 EDT 2004
On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 01:47:28PM +0100, Mark Harrison wrote:
> I would be shocked if a LUG was seen as anti-business.
I don't think a LUG should be either anti- or pro-business. A LUG
should definitely be anti-salespitch, though.
> Certainly our local LUG (Sussex, England) regularly has speakers from
> for-profit companies talking. I spoke there last week... OK, I was
> primarily talking about the OpenSource products that we had released,
> rather than asking people to buy our consultancy services, but I
> certainly WAS allowed a 2-minute "promo talk" to explain how we as a
> company made money out of Open Source.
This is exactly how it should (and does, in most cases) work at OCLUG
meetings. For example, I'd never consider giving OCLUG a talk about the
product I work on, but I would definitely be interested in giving one
about its Open Source underpinnings.
> Likewise, our LUG is seen as a forum where business can come to find
> out about Linux - it isn't for home users only, and frankly,
> businesses like to talk to businesses, as potential suppliers /
> consultants / service providers. (Even if those suppliers /
> consultants / services providers are one-person companies operating
> out of the founder's spare bedroom.)
Exactly, but those sort of networking conversations are quite different
from a typical 'sit down, shut up, and listen' vendor presentation.
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