[ubuntu-uk] Beards and sandals (was: Hampshire)
linuxman at avoura.com
Fri Jan 16 12:31:16 GMT 2009
I know what you mean about the beard and sandals. Just look at a picture
of Richard Stallman -- would you trust a man who looks like that to
create your OS?
Stallman has done much for the free software movement, and I respect him
greatly (for his ideas), but for a newcomer who might see his picture,
his lack of visits to the barber might well be very off-putting, and
gives computing in general a kind of elitist hippy image that the
average person in the street would do anything to avoid.
There is no reason why a person who is friendly with barbers should not
also be good with Ubuntu or running a LUG. I have never been to a LUG,
but mostly because I do not have the time, and their meetings take place
in the evening, when I am working.
Hopefully most people who want to use Ubuntu will see it and its users
in a positive light (regardless of facial hair and footwear).
> I didn't even know about it to be honest. Looked around for a local LUG
> last year and didn't get far at the time so gave up, probably due to the
> last time I looked - which was I hasten to add a long time ago - I found
> one that was very 'beard and sandles' :)
> I won't be able to make this one - but once I get a bit of time, I'll
> try to make the next soton one.
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