One harsh reality of On-Disk.com is that while ISOs are fresh, business is booming. But, 3 months after a release, those who wanted the latest and greatest the Linux world has to offer probably have it. Then after about 4 months, those who haven’t gotten it will most likely wait a couple of months and get the next release.
This August, however, I will be giving a talk at LinuxCon. Yes, it’s going to be a fun time in a great city, but by then it’s past the 4 month mark and we won’t have lots of extra money to spend on the trip.
A solution to our slow summer months presented itself this year with some casual employment as a corporate trainer with Eagle Productivity Solutions.
- for my first week on the road that I’d be in Pontiac MI.
- that a very recent Twitter follower would be on the Michigan!/usr/groupboard.
- the MUG meeting would fall on my off night between my two training sessions.
- to talk a few minutes about my role as a community hacker.
I didn’t have anything prepared, in fact, I can confidently say I was the only person in the room who opted to pack a lipstick rather than a laptop.
The talk was very casual. A bit about how I got into FOSS, and how someone who avoids the terminal window at all cost could be qualified to give a talk to hard core Unix and Linux users.
But I think I got my point across. That point of course being that the community is key. Using is one thing, but involvement is a whole other ball of wax.
I suppose the most important thing that came out of the talk was a question from a member asking “how do you/I/we get involved?”
My answer was to take these notions that someone should do something – about anything really – and take 10 seconds to seriously consider being that someone. No one would hold their feet to the fire if they opted out of helping, but if they could get into the habit of weighing the pros and cons of involvement, they might find something to become passionate about.
There are a lot of needs and a lot of really good projects out there that do so much more than pump out fresh ISOs. The best part is that at this point it’s not just grand ideas. There are functioning groups out there so I did talk a little about TeachingOpenSource.org and the Math4 project class that has spawned FOSS@RIT and the chain of events that those projects lead to.
Most importantly, I tried to show how little ideas and passionate people help bring FOSS out to those who can benefit from open code.