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|            Users of Free Operating systems  --  Chicago              | 
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|   history    | | What exactly is a UFO?                             |            
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.--------------. There are plenty of Linux user groups out there, and a            
|what's a ufo? | few BSD user groups of various stripes.  But most of              
`--------------' these are rather narrow in scope.  After all, this                
 ::::::::::::::  isn't 1993 any more, and the free Unix workalikes are             
.--------------. rather more polished and friendly than their                      
|  membership  | commercial proprietary counterparts.  They also tend              
`--------------' to have more in common with one another than they do              
 ::::::::::::::  differences.                                                      
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|   calendar   | The UFO is a group for Users of Free Operating                    
`--------------' Systems.  This encompasses the entire Free Software and           
 ::::::::::::::  Open Source sphere, from Linux and BSD to Hurd, and               
.--------------. even FreeDOS or Eros.  Any system that allows free                
|  directions  | modification and redistribution is fair game for us to            
`--------------' hack on and enjoy as a community.                                 
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.--------------. And when we use the term "free", we are speaking                  
|mailing lists | primarily of "freedom".  As Richard Stallman likes to             
`--------------' say, think "free speech", not "free beer".  We are                
 ::::::::::::::  concerned primarily with the freedoms to hack and                 
.--------------. share software among our peers.                                   
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`--------------' We hold lively discussions on mailing lists, hold                 
 ::::::::::::::  lively discussions in person, chat on irc, use                    
.--------------. free software, write free software, and generally                 
|   posters    | enjoy  computing on our own terms. Many users groups              
`--------------' are lecture and eductation centered -- we find that our           
 ::::::::::::::  strength is to focus on community. To that end, ufo               
 ::::::::::::::   rarely organizes education-centered events and we                 
 ::::::::::::::   focus more on socializing at our bimonthly meetings.              
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 ::::::::::::::   If you're looking for a chance to hang out with new               
 ::::::::::::::   people and have lively discussions, come check us out.            
 
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