Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux

Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux - CLUE relaunches to tackle social policies around technology choices []

CLUE relaunched!

Happy New Year everyone. Just before the New Year, CLUE quietly flipped the switch on our new Drupal based website; we hope you like it. The switch to a Content Management System will allow for the addition of content in a more timely manner than previously experienced.

With the website update also comes a significant expansion of the focus of CLUE. While CLUE was founded as a National Linux User Group of sorts, providing use of the domain name to Linux users etc., CLUE will now encompass embrace the broader community that is Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Canada.

Do LUGs still matter?

Do LUGs still matter? - Commentary -- There is no question that LUGs -- Linux User Groups -- have been important to the rapid growth and adoption of Linux. In the early years, a typical LUG brought together early adopters from every walk of life who had a missionary zeal for Linux. Today, most members are IT professionals. Given that, I wonder, do LUGs matter any longer? [Newsforge]

Merry Christmas from CLUG!

Merry Christmas! -

Hard to believe we're coming up on the end of another year. On behalf of the executive, and all CLUG members, we'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! [Calgary Linux User Group]


Postal codes by federal ridings (2003 representation order) file (PCFRF) tools - I have had a few people ask about it, so I decided to publish the tools I created. If you use this, please let me know and please send any enhancements.
Please also consider lobbying the government to fix the fact that this database is excessively expensive rather than it being free and shareable.
See the CivicSpace posting for details.
Download tools (updated periodically):

Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform

Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform - Chris Smith of Toronto send a letter to the Toronto Star:
In her letter, Sarmite Bulte (MP, Parkdale-High Park) is being disingenuous in her description of the Liberal government's copyright reform actions in Bill C-60. That bill, when seen in the recent light of Sony BMG's approach to protecting music copyrights, left average Canadians potentially open to copyright infringement liability if they tried to restore the security of their home computers.

Open source everywhere for Canadian brokerage

Open source everywhere for Canadian brokerage - After years of working with Linux and other open source software, Nigel Fortlage still calls himself a newbie -- albeit a "very much dedicated" newbie. Since his company first began using open source software eight years ago, Fortlage and his staff have not even considered going back to proprietary systems, even through upgrades and overhauls of the local area network and IT infrastructure. [Newsforge]

CLUE relaunching

With the impending birth of a new year, CLUE is being relaunched nationally January 1, 2006. Growing from its roots as the Canadian Linux Users Exchange, CLUE has dropped the exclusivity of being a Linux organization to embrace the broader community that is Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Canada. With this relaunch comes some highly anticipated projects, such as the National Open Source Weekend and the Adopt program. Both will be detailed further and launched individually in the coming weeks. The current CLUE membership of 1947 members is expected to grow considerably in the near future and extra effort will be given to providing as much feedback and inclusion to members in the daily administration of CLUE.

Canadian Software Innovation Alliance

Note: A new website has been launched at This is a historical page from 2005.

Welcome to (the historical pages of) the Canadian Software Innovation Alliance!