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ZDNet: Linux User Groups Mark Territories

Oct 11, 2002, 09:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Loney)

"Various Linux user groups took booths at the Linux Expo this week, staking out their territory in the manner of Monty Python's Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea.

"Only in the Linux world, there is no animosity between the various groups. 'They are more socially oriented,' said the person manning the desk of the Greater London Linux User Group, referring to the London Linux User Group. 'They tend to meet up and go to the brewery, whereas we have a technology talk first and then go to the brewery.'

"The Greater London Linux User Group (GLLUG) spokesman, who preferred to be known as Ivan the Terrible, pointed out that his organization also maintains a large number of mailing lists. Over at the stand of the London User Group (Lonix), representative Bill Boughton agreed with Ivan the Terrible's distinction between the two organizations. 'We usually meet the first week of each month in central London,' he said. 'Always in a pub.' Boughton backed up the fact noting that the Lonix organizer had not yet turned up. 'He arrived five minutes before the end of the show yesterday,' said Boughton, 'and then went straight to the pub...'

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