actually we're probably going on 8-9 years in early '99 (possibly late
98)-- the story goes:
The group was founded through classifieds I placed in the newspapers
about linux in early 99 or maybe late 98, I met alain (who placed some
classified ads about quantum computing and linux)- I called up UWI
computer science, and had a very interesed prof who introduced me to
Adrian Chung from UWI. That prof. never bothered to show up at any
meetings- but Adrian did. I continued placing classified ads and
eventually others slowly joined. We eventually formed a loose group and
had meetings every 2 weeks in POS and San'do- religiously i might add,
which gave rise to a mailling list on onelist (which was later
moved/taken over (?) by yahoo).
In the 1st few months the group size grew from 4 to about 10-15 members.
I used to sell cheapo linux distros to anyone who wanted it and we
recruited a lot of our initial members like that. I remember frequently
driving up to POS from san-do with about 2-3 computers in my van to show
off what linux could do.
Through my company, we were able to exhibit in South Ex 1999 which led
to membership growing to over 40 members. The highlight of south ex for
uis was that was that we had a computer running about 75 applications at
the same time and a fog machine that made the stupid-arse security
guards come running everytime i went off. I met richard some months
earlier, but he really showed his commitment and willingness to work. I
became the "official" chairman in sept-oct 99.
Over the following months we grew to a size of about 200.
Since i was leaving, i gave up my post and recommended Richard become
chairman in 2000.
> Well it *is* May 1 TT local time when I'm writing this, even though
> Yahoo! says it's ~9.30pm on April 30th.
> But yeah, Happy 7th Anniversary :-) *fireworks and all that*