theveech at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 12:22:08 BST 2007
On Fri, 2007-03-30 at 11:21 +0100, Alan Pope wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 11:05:21AM +0100, TheVeech wrote:
> > I don't know if it's done at the moment, but I wouldn't mind paying subs
> > (say something like £10 a quarter) to contribute to events, a
> > half-yearly magazine, etc. that's more targeted to LUG members and
> > attractive to a wider audience of users? I'd like meeting people in my
> > area, but I'd also like to be able to meet up with people from further
> > afield for debates and functions, and so on.
> Funny you should mention that.
> I suspect that in the future LUG.org.uk may start asking for donations for
> the running of the service, but that's by no means guaranteed. If they did
> it might also make sense to use some/all of that money to go towards FLOSS
I'd be happy to pay subs, especially if I got something like a car badge
or a mug (!) - but I think I'd want the bulk of the money to go towards
UK LUG activities and increasing the profile of the site and the
> This has been discussed over pints numerous times in the past, but
> LUG.org.uk have been "lucky" most times having people donate physical
> hardware or money to cover the cost of hosting etc.
Perhaps hardware and hosting could be covered by subs, donations or
maybe some promotional drive? Harass some organisations into donating
server equipment? Sponsorship?
> > At least something like this should bring LUGs working together a bit
> > more?
> Indeed. More ideas welcome!
> Very shortly a new server and new website should be going into lug.org.uk
> which should help to foster better inter-LUG communication and
> collaboration, but any further suggestions are always welcome.
> In fact I'll be running a BoF (Birds Of a Feather) session at LUGRadio Live
> 2007 to talk about this more and get more ideas from people.
I don't know if this is workable, but maybe if things like LUGRadio were
incorporated into the LUG.org.uk site, people would find it easier to
have a one-stop place for Linux in the UK? With such a centralised
approach, I think the many heads involved in the currently separate
initiatives could share the burden of things like hardware and hosting
and produce a pretty impressive site.
At the moment, things seem to be spread out a bit thinly, and might
benefit from being brought together, with a compelling features that are
as relevant to mainstream users as to existing LUG members? That way,
the site may become one of those that people want to visit frequently.
It may be a way to increase membership, too. Maybe we could borrow from
the world of politics and have something like a national body alongside
the local branches (if there isn't already one)?
As for keeping news and features current and interesting, I'm sure the
different LUGs could maintain a constant supply of news and features -
which would be another incentive for these LUGs to make things happen?
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