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SVLUG Candidate Statement
Running for: President (calendar year 2001)
Home Page: http://www.netcom.com/~kmself/
I'm here to ask for your vote as SVLUG President. Some of you know me as the Evangelist for OpenSales, now Zelerate. I've also been an active member of SVLUG for the past two and a half years. Thanks to Chris DiBona, Marc Merlin for their hard work and support, as well as SVLUG volunteers, the installfest and web teams, and others who've made this a great group. I'd like to announce a victory. Actually, it's one that happened a quite some time back. GNU/Linux is no longer an up-and-coming operating system. It's here. It's credible. It's not going away. It's solidly entrenched in server space. It's making inroads on the desktop. Read Linux Journal, and you'll see that it *owns* embedded space. IBM has committed to putting GNU/Linux on all of its platforms -- old news by now -- and is considering open source as its default software policy. Sun Microsystems is trying to work out whether Linux is Unix or not. Microsoft thinks we're a bunch of mutants.... The problem with winning a war is that you have to figure out what you're going to do next. This is a problem that's been growing on the GNU/Linux and free software communities for the past two years, as we were acknowledged by the outside world. And that's what I'd like to focus on for SVLUG. There are issues we should address: * Open standards and computing freedom. Both of these are key underpinnings of the free software movement. We've seen attempts by such as DeCSS and proprietization of the Kerberos. * Dealing with business. We've seen a flush of cash into the free software movement. Some of it's walked back out, discovering that this isn't the silver bullet we never promised. But I would like to see support for those who do want to base their livelihood off of this movement. SVLUG's seen strong support from Cisco, VA Linux, Netscape, and other local businesses in the past, I'd like to extend and embrace^Wexpand these relationships with local and global businesses. * Security. Most of us have been on broadband at work or home for years. The rest of the world is just getting there, and some of us are still making the plunge ourselves. Showing how to secure networks and systems, and sharing that knowledge, is a valuable service. * What you think. I'd like to see what other ideas there are for new directions for SVLUG. SVLUG has been great as a speaking club. One of my first SVLUG meetings featured this guy named Linus talking about a project he'd been working on for a few years. I remember the energy I felt in the spring of 1998 as I walked onto the Cisco campus. I do feel SVLUG has been missing some of the interactivity it might have -- though this is a challenge for a group this size. I'd like to extend the number of activities and opportunities for people to participate and work with each other. The SVLUG mailing list, Installfests, and LSec security SIG are some examples of what I'd like to see more of. I'd also like to see more publicity for SVLUG to match the growth of GNU/Linux beyond the space occupied just by techies -- I've walked into Fry's and bumped into people looking at various Linux distributions who've heard of Linux but don't know about the great support group that's sitting all around them here at the center of the Internet. It's time to extend our outreach efforts to match this mainstreaming of GNU/Linux. And, with the mainstreaming of GNU/Linux, we're going to have to cope with the influx of new users. SVLUG should grow with the popularity of Linux and free software, and we're going to have to accommodate this growth gracefully. Thank you. - Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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