A Linux User Group in a Pacific Paradise

“What springs to your mind upon hearing the words ‘Tahiti’ or
‘Fiji’? White sandy beaches? Spectacular sunsets? Blue lagoons with
colorful marine life? While natural beauty is indeed one of the
most attractive aspects of the South Pacific, you might be
surprised to learn that on some of these paradise islands there are
active Linux user communities and even officially registered Linux
user groups (LUG). New Caledonia, which I had the pleasure to visit
last month, is one such place.

“New Caledonia, an archipelago the size of New Jersey, is
located about 900 miles east of Australia. There are no undersea
communication cables connecting the territory with the outside
world; instead, like everywhere in the South Pacific, all Internet
and telephone services are provided via a satellite