[Klug-general] Future of KLUG, an offer/idea

Stephen Ryan intrench at googlemail.com
Mon Feb 20 13:02:54 UTC 2012

When the going gets tough, the tough get going - the rest can go too bloody
hell. lol

You don't need any fixed locations. Real Linux people can crash anywhere
and generally do.

I've got one big mother of an M20 (J11) service station just up the road
from me near Lympne and its just waiting for you guys to come and grab a
cafe latte and some free wifi.

I vote for the KLUG guerilla nomab gypsy option. :D

Internet for venue collaboration  + free venues :p


On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM, Mike Evans <mike at tandem.f9.co.uk> wrote:

> Putting all the politics to one side for the moment, perhaps I could just
> make a few observations.
> 1)  Colin is no longer able to put in the work he has in the past (for
> which we are grateful) to arrange and chair monthly KLUG meetings on a
> regular basis.  At present there does not appear to be anyone in a position
> or willing to do that role in that way.
> 2)  There may well be a demand for a student based Linux or Open Source
> society, such as Luc proposed.  For various political and ideological
> reasons there are objections to KLUG becoming that society.  However, if
> such a society existed there does not seem to be any reason why KLUG could
> not hold some of its meetings in association with that society. Such an
> arrangement would provide a venue and some potentially useful
> cross-fertilisation between the two groups.
> 3)  We have the domain name registered and paid for for some years to come
> and Julia is currently hosting it for free.  This is a resource which is
> currently used in a minimal way, but this has the advantage that it is not
> a huge burden to keep updated, is stable, and it does act as a useful entry
> point for enquirers.
> 4)  The mailing list is reasonably active and for the most part well
> behaved.  At the moment is, in essence, the group - that is more or less
> where we meet.
> 5)  The IRC channel is, in my view, underused.  If people are not
> willing/able to travel to meetings the IRC channel would provide a useful
> conversation place in lieu of regular meetings.  Perhaps all that is needed
> is to schedule a regular meeting there and remind people about it on the
> website and mailing list.  This could more easily be an evening thing
> rather than hitting a weekend and I'd be happy to take that on for a trial
> period if people would find it helpful.
> 6)  Given the difficulty of organising physical meetings around the county
> and getting enough people to attend them I would suggest that perhaps such
> formal meetings could be reduced to quarterly.  If we had four venues which
> are used in turn, and a person who acts as the organiser for that venue
> that would mean that each person would have to organise only one meeting
> per year.  The role would involve putting out regular calls for talks etc
> and organising the agenda in advance of the meeting.
> 7) Pub meetings can be great fun and there is no reason why anyone can't
> organise one in their area.  If you want one at a pub near you just find a
> couple of others who want it too, fix a date [off list], and then if you
> like, advertise it on this list.  If no one else shows up at least three of
> you had a good evening.  It's really that simple.  You don't have to commit
> to making it monthly or any other frequency.
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