"There's no denying that the widespread growth of Linux was due
in part to the raw enthusiasm of advocates meeting together under
the broad banner of a 'LUG'--a Linux User Group. LUG members were
pioneers and cowboys, early adopters and passionate hobbyists.
Today, the LUG is different. With the rise of commercial backing,
the ease of distro installation, and the omniscience of Google do
LUGs still have any role to play in the Linux world?
"Early LUGs ran on the whiff of any oily rag; members had
evangelistic zeal as they passionately spruiked the virtues of
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