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I am a Linux enthusiast, a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot, and a traveller. I am interested in all aspects of computing and technology in general, especially Linux and Free Software. As an avid pilot I can be found somewhere over the skies of the southwestern US most weekends.  As a traveller I have been to many interesting places. Check out my photo gallery. Want to get me something cool? Check out my wish list!



I love this community

by Tracy R Reed — last modified Jan 01, 2009 11:49 PM

A tale of two communities...

For the last year I have been hanging out on a local Windows user group mailing list just to see how the other half lives. I have been on the local Linux user group mailing list for at least 12 years. The difference is night and day. The Windows user group mailing list has invites to various free lunches paid for by vendors who want to you to buy their stuff and the occasional chatter about some problem with SQL Server or IIS or something. When someone complains about Windows a rep from Microsoft shows up on the list to handle the situation. The Linux group is full of passionate discussion and debate about all manner of technical and political issues plus the usual advice giving and newbie helping. The Linux people are clearly in it for the love of it and the Windows users just seem to be there for a paycheck. Just look at the times people post to the lists. The local Linux folk are posting day and night and weekends. The Windows people are mostly 9 to 5'ers Monday through Friday. The Windows group meets at the local Microsoft office and watch a vendor presentation and then go home. The Linux group meets at a local school, put on their own presentation from 7 to 9 pm every second Thursday and then a dozen or so of them go to an after-meeting meeting at a nearby Denny's restaurant for conversation until midnight. If any of you are in the San Diego area check out And on top of it all, tonight I hacked a new feature into Kudzu (detecting AoE disks so that Anaconda can install RedHat/CentOS onto them which is something I *really* need) made possible by Free Software and some help from my LUG friends so I'm pretty darn happy with the GNU/Linux community right now. I'll be sending that code to RedHat for sure because that's how I give back and we as a community keep improving our Free Software.
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Posted by Anonymous User at Jan 01, 2009 11:43 PM
The SDW2003 meetings tend to presentations of products. The mailing list admins do not like to hear dissent about MS. Awhile back one person wanted make a comparison between IIS VS Apache at the meeting. The list moderator told him that this was discussed on the list. When the subject was brought up on the list the admin then told him that this was off topic.

The MS employees don't interfere to much. Although some of them do get irritated when they hear things they disagree with from time to time.

There is people that do post other than business hours on the SDW2003 list. The traffic has really slowed over the past 8 months or so.

Bobcat glider

Posted by Anonymous User at Jan 01, 2009 11:43 PM
There is a Bob Martin Bobcat glider up for bid on Ebay.

Good comparison

Posted by Anonymous User at Jan 01, 2009 11:43 PM
I wish I could join some UG like thist (the Linux one, of course :))