User group downturn?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at
Tue Dec 4 15:03:12 MST 2012

I figured I would throw in my 2 cents on the issue.
Its no longer a users a group in the sense of a user support group.
Instead its an enthusiasts group in the same sense as the coco nuts have
with their beloved trs-80 color computers.

The problem is there isn't a whole lot going on in the Linux world to be
enthusiastic about.   Linux is so mainstream right now.  I can't even begin
to count how many devices I have in my house running it.  Albeit most of
them are running a distro named Android.
On Dec 4, 2012 10:27 AM, "Aaron Toponce" <aaron.toponce at> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 04:54:56PM -0700, Dave Smith wrote:
> > I've been thinking a lot lately about the downturn in user group meeting
> > attendance and mailing list participation over the last few years. Today
> > I graphed Plug's mailing list activity from 2005 to present (messages per
> > month), and noticed a startling coincidence.
> IMO, the ones who have started the groups (likely while still in college)
> have moved on. They have gotten married, started a family with kids, maybe
> moved out of state, and/or are employed where interestes have shifted.
> The novelty hasn't worn off, even though the standard GNU/Linux operating
> system is far more mature than a decade ago. New tech is coming out at such
> an amazing pace, there is and always still be interest in meeting up with
> people who have similar interests. Case in point, I've grown an interest in
> InfiniBand with the Linux kernel, and ZFS as a GNU/Linux filesystem. These
> technologies are largely unexplored in the hobbiest world.
> If you were to ask me, the current LUGs as they stand will either likely
> fall due to the older membership moving out, or the younger generation will
> pick it back up and revive it. But the core need for people to socialize
> with similar interest in person isn't dying out. It's just shifting.
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