[ubuntu-uk] LUGs

TheVeech theveech at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 18:20:06 BST 2007

On Wed, 2007-03-28 at 16:14 +0100, Alan Pope wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 03:53:13PM +0100, TheVeech wrote:
> > Just curious.  Anyone a member?  If so, what's yours like?
> > 
> My local one is quite active. Well, there are two near me, Hampshire and 
> Surrey. Hampshire meets every month on or near the first saturday in the 
> month. We have two locations at opposite ends of the county to make it easy 
> for people all over the place to attend.
> All our meets are "bring a box / installfest" style where people bring 
> computers to have problems fixed, or show stuff off, or just socialise.
> We used to have pub meets on alternate months but these became less popular 
> as people couldn't easily have a drink due to having to drive home, the size 
> of Hampshire being an issue there - I am unlikely to drive 50 miles for a 
> pint. Also people found it frustrating that they had to wait two months 
> between meetings.

Looking further down the line than I should, it might be an idea to
liaise with some of the more successful ones to find out what works and
what needs working on.  The videoed talks, seminars, etc., approach is
definitely something to learn from, if mine hasn't tried this.

> We have talks given at every meet - some long and in depth, more recently 
> we're trying "lightning talks" of no more than about 5-10 mins. We video the 
> talks and put them online in many formats, including uploading to google.
> http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q=hampshire+linux+user+group


> > I'd have thought they were a bit of a geekfest, not having been to one,
> > but I'm probably way off the mark.  Trouble is, the one for my neck of
> > the woods is supposed to be active but its website hasn't been updated
> > for a long time.  These days, is it time better spent online?
> > 
> You don't say where you are.

Worcestershire, although Birmingham is just as convenient.  I'd even
travel to London if necessary, seeing as though I've lived there, and
could fit it in with a long weekend.

> Some areas have multiple LUGs, maybe one at the county level, and more at 
> the City/Town level. I know Sussex has two, Hampshire has three LUGs, but 
> often there is overlap between them. There is almost always co-operation 
> between the LUGs, although in my opinion nowhere near enough of that.
> If your local LUG is dying, give it a poke on their mailing list, see what 
> people have planned, and offer to help.

Will do.

> There are way to many people (and this isn't specicially directed at you) in 
> the UK standing by looking on saying "that LUG is dead" without actually 
> getting off their arse and doing something about it. IMHO.

You're right, though, and this has been my approach to LUGs.

> If the LUG really is dead, with the LUGMaster AWOL you can ask to take it 
> over and if the members agree that's a good thing then off you go.

I'll make them an offer they can't refuse.

Just kidding.  I'm no administrator, but it's worth looking into, if it
is on its last legs.

> Cheers,
> Al.

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