The EindhoveN Open Source Interest Group (enosig, spelled lower case) is a loosely organised group of people in the area of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, centralised around the topic of Free and Open Source Software. Examples of widely used free and open source software are GNU/Linux (e.g., Debian and Ubuntu), BSD (e.g., FreeBSD), Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, VLC (VideoLAN), OpenOffice.org / LibreOffice, Apache, Python, and Bitcoin.
There is no “official” membership (nor a membership fee) of enosig, and we aim to be as easily accessible as possible. Regular visitors could best be described as “participants”, although the term “members” is used at times as well.
The program of meetings vary; sometimes it's just a social gathering, sometimes there are presentations, often it's a mixture of both. Everyone is welcome to give a presentation, in fact, this is highly encouraged! In that case it is advisable to announce your presentation on the mailing list prior to the meeting, so other people know they can attend it, and so we can update the website.
The next enosig meeting will be on Sunday evening, 19 November 2017, Eindhoven, after closing time of the T-DOSE open source conference which will be held on November 18th and 19th, 2017 in Eindhoven. Ask about enosig at the Debian booth (or otherwise at the bar), there will probably be people there that can help you further.Looking forward, and apart from regular enosig meetings, there will probably also be one or more enosig participants present at (traveling to) FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, during the first weekend of February 2018 (February 4 and 5). Specifically, one or more enosig participants might be present at the Debian booth at FOSDEM, so asking there about enosig might help you. If you have suggestions for future meetings (date and location), please let us know on IRC or the mailing list, or come to the next meeting and announce it there!
The mailing list “people @ enosig” of enosig can be used for discussion about topics relating to free and open source software. This is also where announcements for upcoming enosig meetings and, at times, other free software events are usually posted. Most messages on the list are in Dutch, but English is understood by most readers as well, so do not hesitate to send messages in English.
You can send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail from people who aren’t subscribed are moderated to prevent unsolicited messages. You can subscribe by sending a mail to email@example.com. The volume is very low, usually only announcements and perhaps a discussion every few months. There is also a, publicly accessible, archive. Please note, before posting any messages, that non-members of the mailing list (as well as web search engines, web spiders, et cetera) can reach this archive as well, and that your messages might be retained in there indefinitely, possibly forever. We do however try to make email addresses (but not names of people) unrecognisable in the archive.
You can mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact the organisation of enosig without your mail being posted on the mailing list.
To connect, use the following information:
The channel provides a nice, friendly atmosphere, and there is usually a decent amount of people present in the channel. This also means that it usually does not take long for someone to reply to any questions you might ask or in case you simply drop by to greet people, even if you are a newcomer. Most messages on the channel are in Dutch, but English is understood by most readers as well, so do not hesitate to speak English.
Joost van Baal and Joost Kooij started enosig: in October 2000 they registered the enosig.org domain, in November 2001 the first announcement was posted, and on 11 January 2002 the first enosig meeting was held.
Over the years many people have been involved with the organisation of enosig. Among others, these people are: Joost van Baal, Joost Kooij, Lionel Mamane, Johan van Selst, Ronald van Engelen, Ralf van Dooren, Tony den Haan, Rudi Sluijtman, Jan Stap, Kees Stravers, Koen Aben, Michiel Buddingh, Deborah, Geert Stappers, and Sander Bos.
Abovementioned and many other people have also held presentations at meetings, kept the website up-to-date, provided or financed enosig infrastructure hosting and the enosig.org domain registration, or made other contributions to enosig. A big thanks to all of these people!
enosig also has a library from which people can borrow books. Some books are owned by enosig, others are made available by participants. Interested in any of these books? Send a mail to the mailing list, ask on IRC, or attend a meeting.