[clug] Linux Learners Group idea

Rodney Peters rpeters at pcug.org.au
Fri Jun 16 04:38:02 GMT 2006

On Friday 16 June 2006 12:56, Jacinta Richardson <jarich at perltraining.com.au>  

> I think this is a fantastic idea.  One of the things that has bothered me
> about the standard install-fest idea is that someone brings along their
> machine, gets Linux installed then goes home with no knowledge of how to
> achieve anything else.  Sure there might have been some help setting up
> mail, or an instruction manual; but invariably someone's forgotten to bring
> along their bigpond account details or whatever, and now they feel like
> they've just wasted their time. Even though it's neither the OS's fault,
> nor the installers fault, that person will often end up with the conviction
> that Linux is a waste of time.
> I love the idea of running sessions on how to paint, draw, write documents,
> read documents, deal with spreadsheets (I'd love a few pointers on using
> OOo's one myself) etc.
> Unfortunately, I'm not in Canberra enough to help.  But I may be able to
> arrange a small offer of sponsorship ($100 - $200) from Perl Training
> Australia for some of these sessions.  Consider it some help to defray
> pizza, tea and coffee or printing expenses.  Would that be useful?  I'd
> need a tax invoice from some legal entity (CLUG, PCUG etc) but I'm sure
> that wouldn't be too hard to achieve.  :)
> Let me know whether you think this would be useful.
>         Jacinta

A small sponsorship could be useful to fund some use of PCUG facilities.  Tea, 
coffee & bikkies are provided, but there is a charge for use of the 
facilities by external organisations.  I don't foresee any difficulty with 
the paperwork.  PCUG is an incorporated non-profit organisation, that 
routinely issues tax invoices.

Some of the key players in this proposal for a [CLUG] Linux Learners Group may 
find it useful to have a quick tour of PCUG facilities prior to next Thursday 
evening.  I can arrange & conduct that.  It can be outside of business hours, 
if that suits people better.  Those interested may contact me.  I would then 
try to arrange, off-list, a mutually suitable time.


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