User groups

Sylviane et Perry White spwhite at
Fri Nov 2 14:08:40 UTC 2007

On Friday 02 November 2007 09:48, Neil Winchurst wrote:
> On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 16:15:52 -0400
> "Brad De Vries" <devriesbj at> wrote:
> > On 10/31/07, Neil Winchurst <neil at> wrote:
> > > > a) This is not a user group.
Very minor confusion, my answer on bottom of page.
> > >
> > > My mistake. So what is it then?
> >
> > This is an e-mail distribution list.  When you send an e-mail message
> > to kubuntu-users at, that message gets distributed to
> > subscribers all over the world.  The purpose of a list like this is to
> > share information through questions, answers, comments, suggestions,
> > etc. with people that have a similar interest.  In the case of this
> > list, the Kubuntu operating system.
> Thanks for the explanation - I hadn't understood the distinction. So
> just this one email list serves the whole world! That's great.
Not just this one email. You can find Kubuntu lists in dozens of lauguages.
I choose this one because it has more traffic than the french one and I'm not 
too fluent with all the other tongues ;-))

> > If you're looking for a regional user's group pertaining to all things
> > Linux, I would suggest starting at  From
> > there you can drill-down to a region nearest you.  The purpose of a
> > user's group is to meet people that have similar interests.
IMHO the distinction between a list and a user group is somewhat academic.
For example I subscribed to "SIUG", the Swiss Internet user Group (Switzerland 
is a tiny country). In practice it looks just like this mailing list but 
occasionnaly they would annouce a meeting at some place, 3 or 4 hours away 
from mine. Meeting those people is problematic, they might as well reside on 
another continent or another world.

Greetings		Perry

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