[clug] Re: Linux Learners Group idea

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Fri Jun 16 00:29:07 GMT 2006

Paul Wayper wrote on 16/6/06 10:09 AM:

One of the key points I wanted to get across (my opinion - not proven fact),

is the *utility* of a LLG is ten times higher if it is delivered 
*locally* to the target (and invited) group.

I'm not talking "within 40km" - but at the local *school* (and 
specifically, schools).
And specifically inviting  parents to come along and be exposed...
And asking teachers to hang around & learn some too :-)
=> This is presuming a week night, but not too late.

CEGACT had a joint meeting with AUUG a few years back - and it was the 
most successful of the series...
This is a very high leverage way in - and they have a *lot* to gain.
[We ran this on a week night. The others we ran on Saturday afternoon - 
getting 15-20 people along]

Imagine the case they can put to the Govt:
- we'd like to drop the tens of thousands of dollars paid to Microsoft
- we'd like to *keep* old computers for xxx purposes (servers, 
firewalls, print servers, ...)
- we'd like to buy lower-spec computers and keep them longer

*And* we'd like to apply these savings in these ways....

=> So while the PCUG facilities are *good* and the location is "central" 
in many ways, it should only be one place of many that are used.


> Rodney Peters wrote:
>> One point that has not yet been made in this thread is that the Linux 
>> community in Canberra may not be large enough to support two viable 
>> beginner's LUGs.
>> What makes PCUG a better venue for Learner's meetings is the 
>> facilities there.  PCUG have Linux installations that newbies can try 
>> out in hands-on mode plus an Internet connection, via which 
>> additional software or updates can be obtained.  There is also a 
>> separate training setup of 10 PC, for which I verified Linux 
>> compatibility recently.
> This sounds like a fantastic setup, Rod!  I don't think any CLUGgers 
> (cluggites?  clugmons?) had any particular need for the meetings to be 
> at ANU like the regular CLUG meetings, and I for one would be happy to 
> work in with the PCUG, both to help doing presentations and to give 
> Linux learners whatever help I can (I still consider myself one of 
> them :-).  Obviously the limited contact between the PCUG and the CLUG 
> has to be improved!
> I'm going to go out on the gangplank and ask if you'd be interested in 
> coming along to the CLUG meeting next Thursday and giving a short talk 
> about what you do already, and after the gannet feeding session (i.e. 
> pizza) everyone who's interested in getting involved can start to make 
> some inroads on organising what needs to be done.
> Have fun,
> Paul

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
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