[Fsf-friends] RE:flag

Khuzaima A. Lakdawala klak@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in
07 Oct 2002 11:33:37 +0530

On 6 Oct 2002 18:30:20 -0000, "Kanti  Jadia" <j_kanti@rediffmail.com> wrote:

> The need for GNU user groups/Free Software user groups is true.
> People need local group to discuss and implement free software.
> I am facing similar problems here in NAGPUR(Maharashtra) also.

Yes, local Free Software User Groups are indeed the way to go. But in
an *informal* manner. Formalizing such groups with "rules" followed by
"office bearers" etc. simply complicates and bureaucratizes
matters. One formal entity, the FSF India umbrella organisation, is

FSUGs can serve the purpose of local group discussions and activities
quite well without becoming formal entities. You don't need any
resources to start one. Websites and mailing lists can be set up for
free on many places on the Internet. Please see the following examples
of Indian FSUGs:



> I would suggest a mailing list of fsf-india itself to cater to the
> FLUG's.

Do you mean mailing lists for individual FSUGs or one list for
coordination between FSUGs? As I said, FSUGs can set up their own
mailing lists without any problems. As for the latter, well, it would
be better to keep all such advocacy activities confined to fsf-friends
to make fsf-friends more important and relevant!