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Geolocate linux?

Posted 04-29-2010 at 12:38 PM by williamfromtexas

How close is the nearest distro to you?

Certain distributions reflect their regional origins, and some regions have their own distributions. Regionalization is a major share of the efforts needed in on-going work of linux.

For many, though, the tool isn't the source of joy as much as the community of fellow users. Imagine - hacking late at night on a small code change. Who stays up with you? Not your spouse, not your colleagues or buddies. It's those faceless masses behind the screen, those ones who care about the tool just as much as you do.

Via forums, IRC, whatever, it's easy to shout-out to the geeks in your area for a meet. One of my favorite traditions is the annual Quakecon convention, which I attended throughout high school and university first with my brother, and then with many of the new friends that I met there.

Meet someone IRL and you are immediately confronted by the fact even though you share beliefs, there are many many parts of the world that exist outside your own.

How close is the nearest distro to you? Linux is distributed to the people below, many of whom may be located very near you.

Linux User Groups
http://www.linux.org/groups/

Debian Local Groups
http://wiki.debian.org/LocalGroups

Ubuntu LoCo teams
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamList

Fedora User Groups
http://www.fedora-commons.org/conflu...ra+User+Groups

Linux Conferences
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_conference

Gnome Annual Events
http://live.gnome.org/GnomeEvents/Annual

Gnome Users and Developers European Conference
http://www.guadec.org/
(I have a special reason for promoting this one, which will be a subject of a future post....)

KDE Events
http://events.kde.org/

Linux Chix Local Chapters
http://www.linuxchix.org/regional-chapters.html

And, if you still haven't found any place for you to fit in...
Hacker spaces worldwide
http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/List_of_Hacker_Spaces

Sometimes it feels really good to be physical again...
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