"While, in all fairness, Linux users aren't known for
being party-animals either, Linux users do enjoy sharing
information at a social gathering, and they don't need Microsoft to
tell them tell how to throw a party. Instead, they get together
around the world at LUG (Linux User Group) meetings.
"Once upon a time user-groups, people who just got together
because of their shared passion for computers, were everywhere. As
PCs became as common as refrigerators most of these groups died
out. In the case of Linux, though, they live on.
"Indeed, rather to my surprise, some of them have started
creating regional trade-shows. Even as the traditional big vendor
technology trade shows, like Comdex and PC Expo, fade from memory,
Linux users have started creating their own home-brew shows."