[sf-lug] Towards a list of Linux consultants in the Bay Area (was: consultant?)

Kai Chang kai.salmon.chang at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 22:55:25 PST 2009

Linux is about discourse, which is why this mailing list is so awesome.  The
site's interface should preference those that participate in discourse.

We should privilege websites with dynamic content in some way-- for instance
an area where all consultancy blogs get aggregated (that have agreed to let
us re-publish).  Users can see someone's personality and will be more
comfortable looking for help.  It doesn't have to be all
business/philosophy/code-like, it could just be a fun place for Linux-users
to publish their content.

Keeping track of active FOSS projects in the area would be cool too.  A
movers and shakers section, basically.

Does anyone here use MVC architecture in their sites?  What frameworks do
you use?  Does anyone use Wordpress, Moveable Type, etc to publish?  I know
there will be a lot of twitters and identi.cas.  We could use Drupal for
different types of users.  There are a lot of great CMS's we could use

On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting jim (jim at well.com):
> >    i'm willing to help people out at no charge.
> > I'm also willing to charge, mainly if someone
> > wants something done on command or within a
> > timeframe.
> As the Aussies say, "Good on ya", Jim.  ;->
> Ms. Polly Babcock would probably appreciate the help, if you have time
> and feel like going over to the Lower Haight.  She's pb4316 at yahoo.com or
> 415-626-2611.
> >    use the list to get volunteers (including
> > me, sometimes). Use the link below to find out
> > about services:
> > http://www.systemateka.com
> >    (The web site for Systemateka, Inc.)
> I will be delighted to add Systemateka, Inc. to
> http://linuxmafia.com/bale/other.html -- which, I was just saying
> offlist, seems a good candidate for both a reorg and an HTML update to
> something less... 1995.  And also to move all the "In memoriam" entries
> (Linuxcare, VA Linux Systems, Freedom Technology Center, Eazel, Cobalt
> Networks, The CoffeeNet, Tuxtops, Walnut Creek CD-ROM, Universal CD-ROM,
> Yggradsil Computing, all that) to either a different section or a
> completely different page.
> Getting back for a moment to what I was talking about:  I'd be glad to
> host a Web page that lists all known Linux / BSD consultants and
> businesses in the Bay Area.  http://linuxmafia.com/bale/other.html
> has always been _intended_ to be that, and I think it's about the
> best thing we have in that area so far -- but it lacks good enough
> information to be useful to, say, people like Polly Babcock, who aren't
> looking for Linux workstations or servers, but just someone able to fix
> CUPS on her laptop, and help her decide what Photoshop Elements version
> to run under WINE.
> Speaking from experience (with not just that page but also BALE, and
> other pages), the continual job of re-vetting entries (on such Web
> pages) is key.  After trying a lot of things, I basically established a
> bare-minimum "There must be a Web presence to point to" floor
> requirement -- for both LUGs and Linux businesses.  A
> not-obviously-defective Web page doesn't guarantee that there's still an
> ongoing LUG or consultancy, but it means at least that someone's still
> paying for a Web presence.
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Kai Chang  |  kai.salmon.chang at gmail.com
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