Frequently-asked questions about CLUE


  1. Is CLUE a charity?
    No, CLUE is a Canadian federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporation but it is not registered as a charity. Doing so would be inconsistent with our aims of policy advocacy. As a result, we cannot issue charitable-donation tax receipts; however, CLUE memberships may qualify as an acceptable business expense for tax purposes. Check with your tax advisors to see if this applies to you.

  2. Is CLUE a user group?
    Not in the same way as most conventional computer user groups. CLUE does not hold regular meetings, run regular public education events or distribute software. We work with and support affiliated groups, with which we work together to support FOSS at both the local and national levels.

  3. What is FOSS?
    FLOSS, an abbreviation for "Free and Open Source Software", is defined on Wikipedia.

  4. What's the meaning of the name CLUE?
    CLUE originally was an acronym for the Canadian Linux Users Exchange. However, the use of just the word CLUE was adopted in 2004 as the organization expanded to include all FLOSS organizations, such as Python User Groups, Perlmongers, BSD User Groups, etc., etc. The name is a play on the notion of being clueful or "having a clue" with respect to technology and its use.

  5. What's with the domain name?
    Our domain, linux.ca is the original domain name adopted for use by the Canadian Linux Users Exchange at it's inception. In February 2006 we obtained the domains cluecan.ca and cluecan.org to reflect the growing non-Linux component of its community.

  6. So is CLUE still a Linux only organization?
    No. Historically the Canadian Linux Users Exchange existed to enable Linux User Groups nationally. Currently, CLUE encompasses Linux User Groups, BSD User Groups, Python User Groups, the Perl Community and essentially all other groups with a foundation in clueful use and/or appreciation of technology.

  7. Where is CLUE located?
    CLUE's official address is in Toronto, Ontario (see our "Contact Us" page). However, CLUE is mostly a virtual organization, existing online. Members can be found across Canada in every city and many smaller towns as well.

  8. What is the Adopt program all about?
    Adopt is a program aimed at individuals or companies who desire to gain experience in real world implementation and usage of FLOSS technologies. The basic structure entails the "adoption" of an organization seeking to leverage FLOSS technologies to further their particular mission. The actual type of adoptee is left up to the adopter.
    For example, CLUE may be approached by a school in need of file and email server upgrades or replacement. CLUE would then contact 'experts' within the local FLOSS community where the school is located to find volunteers to do the work in the scope of the schools requirements. Scope can be as narrow as simply upgrading a prio FLOSS based installation of some application or as broad as a full network architecture rebuild followed by support and services agreements. In many cases, Adopt work would likely be gratis, however, as adoption engagements development, professional (i.e. paid) contracts between adopter/adoptee may occur.
    The primary benefit of the Adopt program is multi-fold:
    • The adopter gains substantial and practical experience in the implementation, usage and support of FLOSS solutions in the real world.

    • The adoptee gains access to local experts providing technology options outside of the confines of proprietary software.


  9. Is CLUE part of the Linux Professional Institute?
    No. CLUE has previously served in the role of Canadian LPI affiliate, but that relationship ended in January 2006.


If you have other suggestions for questions that should be added to this document, please contact the CLUE FAQ maintainer