[sclug] Linux Day + other plans

Tom Dawes-Gamble tmdg at uksr.hp.com
Tue Oct 12 13:57:27 UTC 2004

I think these are good ideas.  I really don't want to throw cold water
over it.  RUG use the British Legion in Tilehurst.  But that costs
money.  So we would need to have to charge to use do that.  RUG charge 2
quid per person and I believe that covers the cost.
I guess we would also have the make the Group more formal if we are
going to hold money.

I'm sure RUG would be happy to host the odd "linux" event but they are
predominantly M$ so they would not want us hijacking their agenda.

I think the idea of having a night where we can bring Kit and do and try
things would be useful.  The problem with the BOB meeting is that it's
purely social and has no structure.

Lets talk about it tomorrow.

BTW.  Sorry I could not make the day domestic commitments prevented it.


On Tue, 2004-10-12 at 12:57, Simon Huggins wrote:
> Just wanted to say thanks to those that organised this and also to those
> that came along.
> It was interesting to see different people there than come along to the
> pub meets.  Speaking of which hopefully some of you will come along
> tomorrow to the Back of Beyond for 7:30/8pm ish onwards (the website has
> directions).
> There were a few good ideas that came out of it that I think I should
> air here:
> 	- some people were asking about repeating the day in a similar
> 	  format i.e. people bring along computers/laptops and get help
> 	  either installing from scratch or with the odd problem or two
> 	  that they have.
> 	- some others were talking about how the audience differed
> 	  between a pub meet and a non-pub meet and that perhaps some
> 	  sort of short talk to broaden people's knowledge would be
> 	  useful.
> 	  Not necessarily always about linux to be honest but also about
> 	  other interesting bits and bobs.  For instance I spoke with
> 	  Martin Hosken about his work with fonts for minority dialects
> 	  (about fonts, pango, where his work fits etc) and it was
> 	  really interesting but something I hadn't heard about before.
> 	  This could be combined with the other Reading computer
> 	  thingie.  Is it called RUG?
> So maybe if we can steal the venue again we could get something like
> that happening or even alternate non-pub meetings a few short (say 20
> minute) talks on various subjects and then a "linux day" style event.
> Maybe do one talks event in a couple of months, then a linux day style
> thing a couple of months later etc?
> I was impressed someone had found us via Linux Format so I guess the
> fact it was tied into an official event helped and that other meetings
> would need similar publicity.
> I guess other things that might help are a little bit more structure in
> terms of who is there to help, and who is looking for help.  Badges
> perhaps?  Even if they're bits of paper or whatever they might help
> people that come in to break the ice and ask their questions.
> Also getting some business cards printed up with the website address on
> and the mailing list subscribe form URL so you can give them a card and
> tell them to get on the list perhaps?  I think vistaprint.co.uk do
> free/cheap business cards (for some advertising space on the back which
> obviously works cos here I am recommending them ;)).
> Just some random ideas.  They need people on the list (YES THAT'S YOU)
> to pipe up and say "Yes, that's a great idea" "No that's poo" (well
> preferably more than just that but hey ;))
> I should be around a bit more now than I was before the Linux Day so I
> should be able to help organise some of this.

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