Hello, World!

Greetings from Brussels, where EuroOSCON 2006 is in progress. Top of my OSI agenda is getting the new website launched. Progress on this task has been sporadic over the year, largely frustrated by the fact that it takes a certain amount of coordinate effort up front to make it possible to accumulate asynchronous effort later. We are finally reaching that point where we can have a Wiki-enabled site that will permit such asynchronous and cumulative contribution. Yea!

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