Mailing List

Besides meetings, our most popular communication venue is the mailing list. Feel free to sign up and introduce yourself, ask a question, or chat about Linux and open source software in general. All we ask is that most messages be related to Linux or open source in some way. There are no other restrictions on content. Local announcements, job postings, and non-commercial 'for-sale' messages are welcomed. The mailing list is generously hosted by Michigan State University.

Sending email to the list

If you are already subscribed to the list, you can send a message to the list at linux-user@egr.msu.edu

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Archive

The GLLUG mailing list archives can be found here.

Mailing List FAQs

1. What is a mailing list?

From Wikipedia:

An electronic mailing list, a type of Internet forum, is a special usage of e-mail that allows for widespread distribution of information to many Internet users. It is similar to a traditional mailing list — a list of names and addresses — as might be kept by an organization for sending publications to its members or customers, but typically refers to four things: a list of e-mail addresses, the people ("subscribers") receiving mail at those addresses, the publications (e-mail messages) sent to those addresses, and a reflector, which is a single e-mail address that, when designated as the recipient of a message, will send a copy of that message to all of the subscribers.

In other words, once you subscribe to the mailing list (sometimes referred to as a "listserv"), you are allowed to send messages via email to a special address which then resends your message out to all the other subscribers.

2. How heavy is the list traffic?

Not very. The average is about 5 messages per day. On the low end, there are plenty of days with zero traffic while other days might have up to 10 or 15 messages.

3. There are too many messages to keep up! What can I do?

If you find that you can't quite keep up with the messages on the mailing list for one reason or another, here are some things that can help:

  • There is a digest option on the subscription page that allows you to receive one big message containing all of the posts from that day.
  • A threaded mail client like Thunderbird can help manage the list traffic effectively. Also, most modern email clients let you filter and sort messages that match a specific pattern. All of our messages contain "[GLLUG]" in the Subject header.
  • As a last resort, you could simply stay up to date by not even subscribing to the list and just reading the mailing list archives.

4. What kind of discussion is allowed on the list?

We try to keep discussion related to open source software. That said, there are often lively discussions on a variety of topics related to computers in general, science, and technology that everyone seems to enjoy from time to time.

5. Can I post a Windows or Mac question to the list?

If the question is regarding open source software that runs on or in parallel with proprietary software, yes. If the question has nothing to do with open source software, you'll probably get a more helpful response from the company that produces the product or online communities that cater to the product in question.

6. I have some old hardware I want to get rid of. Can I advertise it on the list?

Certainly, as long as you're not advertising it on behalf of a commercial entity and the items you're listing are for sale locally (i.e., in the Lansing area). As a courtesy to the other subscribers, please request that any responses be emailed to you off-list.

7. Can I advertise a job opening on the GLLUG mailing list?

Yes, as long as the position requires Linux/Unix skills or is otherwise related to the use, design, or administration of open source software.

8. Can I post my resume to the mailing list?

Yes, if you have Linux and/or open source experience or desire the same. Any repeated posting of the same resume is likely to be met with hostility from fellow subscribers. Remember also that our mailing list has on the order of 200 subscribers and gets permanently archived on the web so don't include anything on there that you don't want the whole world to know. (Phone number, address, etc.)

9. Are there any topics I should steer clear of?

In general, anything that might launch a heated never-ending religious war. A few things that have been debated to death and back again are:

  • KDE vs GNOME
  • GPL vs BSD
  • vi vs Emacs or nano
  • top-posting vs bottom-posting
  • any programming language versus another