[ubuntu-uk] Herefordshire Open Source Day

Nigel Verity nigelverity at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 26 19:42:14 UTC 2011


Following Sarah Chard's posting of 23rd March, I attended the event in Hereford today. The LUG members were all extremely enthusiastic and did an excellent job of explaining the merits and benefits of FLOSS.

In my view there were two important aspects of the event which the Herefordshire LUG got absolutely right:

1) The main message was to promote open source software rather than specifically Linux. This is the right approach as it gently eases Windows users towards FLOSS. To require a change of operating system as the starting point is probably just too big a step for most people.

2) The venue attracted visitors for reasons other than just the LUG event; an excellent coffee shop and an art exhibition. This means that there was a steady flow of people who might not otherwise have come in.

To my mind the way this event was designed holds some useful pointers for any other FLOSS group considering staging something similar. Well done Herefordshire LUG.


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