By jimgris on Dec 09, 2008
The OpenSolaris user group community is well over 5,000 people now, they live all around the world, their skills range greatly, and they are growing. And, of course, everyone is welcome to get involved. We can offer some website infrastructure in the form of dedicated project spaces with exclusive editing privileges, a blog aggregator, source code management, a Mailman list with administrator access, an RSS-enabled announcement section, and spaces for news, file hosting, discussions, observers, and leaders. We are upgrading opensolaris.org in a few months, so this feature set may change a bit, but the current infrastructure is going away and we are replacing it with xWiki integrated with a new authentication application. So, working with the site for basic editing functions will be massively easier. Also, we are redesigning the governance system so the OSUGs will be equal to Communities and Projects. That means that OSUGs will have significant exposure on the site. And finally, we have a limited supply of OSUG kits to send out to new user groups, so get involved now.
That's it. That's my pitch. But the real value of participating at this level is that we are specifically looking to make new connections, and we are looking to grow in new ways. And I think having more universities involved with the OpenSolaris User Groups would be a fantastic step in that direction.
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