[Linux-aus] Some questions

Janet Hawtin lucychili at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 00:09:44 UTC 2007

On Dec 16, 2007 3:58 AM, Mike Lampard <mike at mtgambier.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Dec 2007 11:08:22 am Janet Hawtin wrote:
> > Hi folks
> >
> > Would you like to throw your thoughts in the middle around these questions?
> >
> > do you visit a lug
> no, the closest one I know of is 400km+ away.
> > do you subscribe to a lug list
> Yes, LinuxSA
> > are you a member of another free or open community?
> As a developer/contributor and/or admin of several free and opensource
> projects, I'm a member of a number of forums and 'lists that are dedicated to
> supporting the users of that software..  I also try to assist folks with more
> general questions in a variety of online-communities such as ubuntuforums and
> linuxquestions, as time allows.  Long story short: yes.
> > are you a member of another 'maker' community?
> If you mean proprietory/closed, then no.. Happily, I left the bad ol' days of
> proprietory software behind years ago :)

No I mean like welding bicycles into funky things or
making frocks. Free software is about making and participating.
A lot of hobbies also have that kind of get involved flavour.

Kat Jungnickel's enthography work with Air Stream got us talking about
'make culture'
as compared to 'shopper culture' in SA. She sees the different kinds
of interests as having
different social dimension and also requiring different kinds of house
space(eg. shed) and
public space. http://studioincite.com/makingwifi/

Paul Schulz is in a Conccert Band and they performed at the Software
Freedom Day last year.
There were also Jazz Dancers there. It gave the event different
dimension and the people came to the event to do their 'make' thing
but also had an empathy for ours.

I have taken CD Drives to the SA Spinner and Weaver's Guild and joined
in a workshop for
weaving with wire. We used Dremel tools and copper wire to make quirky
They asked about tech and I asked about Japanese braiding.

I guess I am thinking about our context in terms of what communities we also are
rubbing shoulders with and also where we might find common ground.
Scheduling a foss event for the weekend of the Adelaide bike race or
for the Tour de France would probably get more people if you held it
somewhere with a view of those.


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