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New(ish) Opensource Maryland Group

As many of you know, I run the Ubuntu Maryland Loco Team. We have a regular meeting that occurs the third Thursday of the month at the Howard County Library from 7-9pm. Over the last year the attendees have been discussing Ubuntu related topics as a smaller part of the meeting each month. We have had more and more time devoted to talking about Free and OpenSource in general. For the last several months I’ve been on the fence about what to do. After a good discussion at the last meeting we’ve decided to change the monthly Thursday night meeting a bit.

Rather than continuing to have it billed as the Ubuntu Maryland Team Meeting we’re going under a new name and group, Opensource Maryland. The Ubuntu Maryland Loco Team will still play a part in the meetings. Ubuntu is the distro that brought us together and we still believe that it is the right Linux distro to recommend to the majority of new Linux users.

The idea is to have a group that promotes Free and Open Source software in general, no matter the platform. The aim is to become a place where those who have questions can come to receive answers to why they should be using Free software where it is appropriate. We have people in the group that use Free and Opensource software at home to small business settings. This will be a time and place to discuss topics that affect our choices to use Free software.

The beginnings of the website is located at http://www.opensource-md.org/ and we will build upon what is there currently.

The first meeting for the group will be February 17th at the Howard County Central Library from 7-9pm.

More information will be forthcoming as it happens.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to respond here or email me directly.

One Comment

  1. David (FSF Supporter wrote:

    Might I suggest that you consider becoming an official group of the Free Software Foundation? There is quite a bit of help and support on offer should you decide so to do…see http://fsf.meetup.com/

    Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink