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.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is CLUE?

CLUE is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that exists to further the appreciation and implementation of free/libre and open source (FLOSS) solutions in Canada.

2. What is FOSS?

FLOSS is defined here on Wikipedia.

3. 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 it's use.


The goal of the Canadian Linux Users' Exchange is to increase the use and appreciation in Canada of what is known as the Linux computer operating system and Open Source Software, by enhancing association and communication amongst its developers, users, suppliers, and the general public.

"Corporate Seal"

The seal of the Corporation shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by the provisional directors of the Corporation and shall have the words "Canadian Linux Users' Exchange".


Members of the company shall be the respective applicants for the incorporation of the company until their resignations have been accepted, and such other qualified persons as shall be elected as members from time to time by a majority of the votes cast by the members present or represented by proxy at any duly constituted meeting of the members

Canadian Open Source User Groups

Linux User Groups (LUGs) provide the opportunity for Linux users to come together and arrange local events, including "Install Fests" (assisting new users to install and configure Linux on their computers) and demonstrations of new hardware and software products.
A full list of Canada's more than 120 open source user groups can be searched at