[oclug] Concerned Amusement
The Linux Doctor
linuxdoctor at linux.ca
Thu Apr 5 22:59:39 EDT 2007
A few points for you. Let us begin with the beginning.
You stated, "Actually, the list was founded to talk about Linux and
open-source software. Other things get discussed and it is tolerated."
Correction: OCLUG was formed as a community whose common interest was
Linxux where we can exchange ideas and benefit as a whole on all sorts
The list was a side effect of that goal.
You also stated, "The list didn't have a charter when it started, and
the non-Linux and non-open-source discussions (and associated
flame-fests) started to overshadow the point of the list. "
The presumption that that was a bad thing came from certain corporatist
interests intent on taking over OCLUG and therefore legitimising
themselves at the same time. We wondered if OCLUG would benefit from
those particular corporate interests and, finally, we did not. We
fussed over incorporation which, in the end, did us no good.
But that is old history.
OCLUG has never been able to free itself of the "old guard" that has
been intent of destroying it. And, of course, the membership endorses
it. That's democracy for you.
The labelling of politics as left, centre or right seems no longer to
have meaning any more in this country. Considering the current
state of affairs it would be more appropriate to label them wrong,
wronger and wrongest.
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