Linux Counter; publicity
- David Lawyer reminded us of the Linux Counter project,
which lets people register their Linux machines online.
Right now, there are 61613 computers registered with the project.
Registering your computer is a way to show support for Linux, so
we might want to encourage LUG members to register there.
It's also potentially a way for people to discover the
email address of Linux users; Microsoft sent a survey to
people in Austria who had registered with the Linux Counter.
There hasn't been too much Linux-related spam, so the
risks are small at the moment, I think.
Unless you count mail from LUGs as spam, of course!
I've downloaded a list of 424 Los Angeles area Linux users
from that site. Do we want to send mail to these folks,
inviting them to use www.lalugs.org to find a local users' group?
Personally, I think it'd be more productive to publicize
www.lalugs.org in user group directories and on local radio
So I've submitted www.lalugs.org to the following directories:
and I'll submit it to
as soon as I find my analog modem...
Hopefully this will drive some traffic to the web pages
of the individual LUGs.
(The above is my opinion alone, and not that of my employer)
- Dan Kegel wrote:
>Imagine all of the goodwill and brand name that Linux is developing
> From: Dan Kegel <dank@...>
> David Lawyer reminded us of the Linux Counter project,
> which lets people register their Linux machines online.
> Right now, there are 61613 computers registered with the project.
huge number of sites that are directly involved in this whole thing.
windows site for instant news like www.linuxmall.com!). And now more and
folks are talking about and using the *BSD's as well. You really get to
like the OS as well as the culture and friendships that develop along
These notions extend into the whole "dot org" phenomenon of open source
It seems that programers / developers are attracted to this type of
hours, ease of access, challenges, and lack of boredom - not to mention
affect on society as a whole.) Certainly the GNU/GPL is one of the most
interesting movers in all of this. And certainly the business models out
there are developing very nicely to
(some the ideas and notions here are quite helpful in sorting out some
of these issues
>I just finished getting an account on lafn (lafn.org) for the two
> Registering your computer is a way to show support for Linux, so
> we might want to encourage LUG members to register there.
youngest members in
our group (10 and 4). The 486 with SuSe6.2 is up and running nicely with
the PPP connection
working very well indeed. (the first site they went to was
I'll have to remind them to register it at the Linux counter. Many of
parents in their schools have been very curious as to how to get a Linux
system (it is
a buzz in the K-public school systems here in LA) and also on how to
access the LA Freenet.
(BTW thanks to Jimmy Navaro for pointing out that I needed to setup
proxy server connections
to use PPP for http under lafn.org, and much thanks to Michael Fair for
pointing out that I
needed to add a no-linear line to lilo.conf to access the MBR from the
3.2 GB drive in that system).
>Sure why not. I was hoping that we could also plan for a SUPER- install
> Unless you count mail from LUGs as spam, of course!
> I've downloaded a list of 424 Los Angeles area Linux users
> from that site. Do we want to send mail to these folks,
> inviting them to use www.lalugs.org to find a local users' group?
fest and couple it
with someone like the LA FreeNet to get kids on-line in addition to
using Linux. Maybe some hardware support from Aerospace/Technical
companies and other industries here in LA county as well as the national
hardware vendors. (discounted systems for example along with the low,
$40 /year , access feeto LA Freenet makes for a very nice on-line
/educational solution that most folks could afford). Sort open source
hardware/ network access if you will.
Any one else interested in this? Could we use the collective energies
and genius of our groups here in LA to pull this off? How about shooting
for 1000 new Linux based /network users in the next quarter? And
eventually a 100,000 new users in LA by the end of next year? (setting
up our own counter for this).
As it grows it sure would take some careful organization- but what
better thing to do then this? GNU begets GNU.
I don't have a huge amount of time, but I sure would be willing to do my
share and if we split up the work between all of use in the various
LUG's we sure could cover a wide area.
> Personally, I think it'd be more productive to publicizeYes- any one have connections in this area?
> www.lalugs.org in user group directories and on local radio
> So I've submitted www.lalugs.org to the following directories:
> and I'll submit it to
> as soon as I find my analog modem...
If any one would like to chat about this or subject of this thread we
could start over at
irc.dal.net, in the #lilax channel- say 9 PM?