[clug-talk] Microsoft Presentation at CLUG Meeting?
jmajor at nucleus.com
Thu Apr 28 10:07:27 PDT 2005
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> From: clug-talk-bounces at clug.ca [mailto:clug-talk-bounces at clug.ca] On
> Behalf Of Dave Watkins
> Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:48 PM
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> Subject: [clug-talk] Microsoft Presentation at CLUG Meeting?
> Following the recent Microsoft presentation I was chatting with Barnaby
> Jeans, the key presenter. He mentioned that he would be willing to speak
> one of our monthly meetings concerning Linux and Microsoft's take on
> What does the membership think? Should we bring him in for a monthly
> meeting? Perhaps in August?
I think this would be a gross error on our part. I held off in replying to
this thread as I wanted to give others a chance to put their opinions
forward first. I too have muddled through several revisions of what I want
to say as I now feel this list is under scrutiny (or more scrutiny than
before at least). With all due respect to Mr. Jeans I think we should
decline the offer.
I am with Jesse and Szemir and countless others... we should be focusing on
Linux and Open Source topics or on things relating to CLUG itself rather
than opening the doors to more companies. This was just the kind of thing I
was afraid would happen when we let VMWare come the first time. It set a
Sigh, again, you can't please everyone. There do seem to be a number of
people interested in what Mr. Jeans has to say but I suspect this will end
up showing an uglier side to CLUG. I think people will be less reserved and
more opinionated in their arguments if we let him come, which may not serve
the grou in the long-run. I also suspect that people who would usually
attend might stay away if we let him come. I for one would not be inclined
to attend such a meeting. This is not a head-in-the-sand manoeuvre but
rather one of determining how I want to spend my time, and I would rather
not waste it at a meeting where a MS Pitch-man will be present and given
time to spread more of his company's FUD. No thank-you.
BTW, I don't have a problem with us Having Novell or IBM in, they at least
are behind Linux.
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