[Nottingham] Linux Evening classes

Godfrey Nix nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Fri Jul 4 23:32:01 2003

We really have to consider our target audience carefully, or there could
be a high dropout rate. There are always those who do not care how
something works, just that they can get to use it. I tentatively suggest
they may be in the majority. There are others who want to 'tinker under
the bonnet' and see how it works.

If we offer a course to show people that there is an alternative to MS
that gives word processing/spreadsheet/database/email/calendar and all
for free with local support then we build up a large base of people who
are receptive to Linux. Later (but not too much later) we offer a course
to show those who want to, how to install Linux on their home or office

(If it helps, I'm a qualified teacher, and have run evening classes for
Adult Education and WEA)


Godfrey Nix

On Fri, 2003-07-04 at 10:38, Duncan John Fyfe wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Jul 2003, david joseph wrote:
> > I think evening classes are a really excellent idea.  I'd be interested
> > in attending and I'd do whatever I could to help.
> >
> > Regards, David
> >
> sorry to be the awkward one but...
> Where would we get a 'computer lab' of Linux based machines to run such a course with ?
> (queue Dilbert teaching Elbonians how to program...)
> A discussion started in the pub last meet was ...
> How do you  'Introduce someone to GNU/Linux' ?
> We got as far as:
> "You can put someone infront of a Linux desktop and show them GIMP, Evolution etc, scare them silly with
> a terminal or teach them how to "Hello, World!" in a dozen languages but is it really GNU/Linux ?"
> So, thinking caps on chaps and chapettes:
> Q1.  Given a class of normal windows user,  nine one hour lessons and enough computers with 'a good distro'(TM)
> installed,  what would you cover to teach them something about GNU/Linux ?
> Q2.  (optional). Given your current experience/exposure to GNU/Linux what would you like to know more
> about (think in terms of LUG meeting presentations too) ?
> Have fun,
> Duncan