[Wolves] Online Meetings and Staying in Touch

Adam Sweet adamsweet at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 10:46:15 UTC 2020

Hi all

I'm not available tonight, I'd planned to tie in a maintenance visit to
the office with the LUG meeting, followed by visiting my mum. Since the
LUG meeting is now off, I'm staying for dinner at my mums.

That said, virtual meetings are a good idea. I think we're all going to
lack human interaction over the next 3-6 months to some degree. Perhaps
someone could take it on themselves to run one tonight, or we can try
next Weds. If someone could run one tonight then we can keep to our
usual fortnightly schedule, otherwise we'll be off by a week, unless we
do it weekly.

I'd intended to say there has been discussion on the lugmaster and
Birmingham LUG lists about an open source web conferencing platform
called Jitsi which looks promising:


I believe it's self-hostable too if you don't want to use the hosted
version. I'm going to forward a mail that was posted to the lugmaster
list in a moment which contains links to a 'Corona Virus Tech Handbook',
about how technology can help fill the gaps left by social distancing
and self-isolation. The section on Event Alternatives will be useful in
this instance.

If anyone is interested, please join us on IRC in the #wolveslug channel
on Freenode. If you've never used IRC, it's like multi-player Notepad. A
plain text chat room which pre-dates things like Yahoo Chat and MSN etc.
Start by installing an IRC client like Hexchat, join the Freenode
network and then the #wolveslug channel. Andy, ask if you want to join
in but don't know how, then please ask for help, though I won't be
around most of the day, perhaps others will help.

In the meantime, please use the list to keep in touch, ask questions or
post links to articles or software you think others might find
interesting. It's something I've been trying to do myself as we need it
to stay alive. Don't worry about whether you should, or about getting
criticised, or about whether anyone replies. You won't know how many
people read the article or followed the link without thinking of
anything useful to say.


On 18/03/2020 09:31, Andy Chamberlain via Wolves wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am interested in a Virtual meeting, but I am an enthusiastic user of
> Linux and lack the knowledge to set up my laptop to enable a virtual
> meet up.
> If one of you computer experts could post further information on how to
> make this work or direct me to websites that could help me I would be
> very grateful.
> I am retired and a widow and feel very alone and isolated now and this
> would help me through this difficult time.
> Thank you for any information the group can offer.
> Best regards
> Andy
> On 17/03/2020 23:04, baden powell via Wolves wrote:
>> I'll come out of the shadows to say that, as someone who finds night-time
>> driving a challenge, virtual meetups would be of interest, especially
>> if we
>> were to try out the various tech for those as a part of the meetups
>> themselves.
>> atb
>> B
>> On Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 8:35 PM Chris Ellis via Wolves <
>> wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
>>> We could do some kind of virtual meet up over Zoom or similar, if people
>>> are interested in thst kind of thing?
>>> Chris
>>> On Tue, 17 Mar 2020, 15:09 Adam Sweet via Wolves, <
>>> wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
>>> wrote:
>>>> As Iain pointed out to me on IRC, I gave out the wrong IRC channel.
>>>> It's
>>>> #wolveslug, not #wolves. Sorry to anyone who might have been sitting in
>>>> the wrong channel for hours.
>>>> Ad
>>>> On 17/03/2020 11:01, Adam Sweet wrote:
>>>>> As it happens since government advice is now to avoid unnecessary
>>> social
>>>>> contact, including pubs and restaurants, I think it's a good idea to
>>>>> cancel this meeting and postpone future ones until further notice.
>>>>> Personally, I was thinking this should be the last one for a while,
>>>>> but
>>>>> with Mother's Day on Sunday and my own mum being over 70, I decided I
>>>>> should probably not risk exposing myself then visiting my mum a few
>>> days
>>>>> later in the period when people are still asymptomatic. The guy who
>>> used
>>>>> the urinal and walked out without washing his hands at the last
>>>>> meeting
>>>>> sticks out as a good example of why.
>>>>> That said, the LUG exists with or without me so if people still
>>>>> want to
>>>>> meet up then feel free, post a meeting list or ask me to.
>>>>> Perhaps we can organise something online, there's a #wolves on the
>>>>> Freenode IRC network (I'm the only person in there), run some kind of
>>>>> weekly/fortnightly online game, or something else fun. Suggestions
>>>> welcome.
>>>>> Ad
>>>>> On 17/03/2020 08:53, Andy Chamberlain via Wolves wrote:
>>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>>> I won't be attending for the foreseeable future. I am classed as
>>> elderly
>>>>>> regarding the Virus and therefore must be careful.
>>>>>> Best of luck everyone and hopefully see you all when we are through
>>> this
>>>>>> crisis.
>>>>>> Regards
>>>>>> Andy
>>>>>> On 16/03/2020 13:59, Simon Burke via Wolves wrote:
>>>>>>> On 2020-03-16 10:22, Iain Cuthbertson via Wolves wrote:
>>>>>>>> On Sun, 2020-03-15 at 20:05 +0000, Ron Wellsted via Wolves wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 15 March 2020 19:34:16 GMT, Andy Chamberlain via Wolves <
>>>>>>>>> wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk
>>>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 15/03/2020 16:31, Adam Sweet via Wolves wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> Living with a concerned GP means that I'm constantly
>>>>>>>>>>> subjected to
>>>>>>>>>>> all
>>>>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>>>>>> the latest COVID-19 updates, statistics, projections and a
>>>>>>>>>>> liberal
>>>>>>>>>>> amount of social panic.
>>>>>>>>>>> For that reason I'm going to ask that if you've had a fever,
>>>>>>>>>>> cough or
>>>>>>>>>>> any cold or flu like symptoms in the last 2 weeks, or been in
>>>>>>>>>>> contact
>>>>>>>>>>> with anyone who has then please don't come.
>>>>>>>>>>> Please don't be selfish. It probably won't be any of us that are
>>>>>>>>>>> at
>>>>>>>>>> risk
>>>>>>>>>>> of the worst consequences, but it disproportionately affects
>>>>>>>>>>> those
>>>>>>>>>> over
>>>>>>>>>>> 70 and those with underlying health conditions, so any of us
>>>>>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>>>>>> contracts it could pass it on to one of our grandparents, or a
>>>>>>>>>>> friend
>>>>>>>>>> or
>>>>>>>>>>> relative, or one of their children that has an existing illness.
>>>>>>>>>>> Government advice is changing daily so we could well see the
>>>>>>>>>>> banning
>>>>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>>>>>> public gatherings in the coming weeks or months. Hopefully it
>>>>>>>>>>> won't
>>>>>>>>>> come
>>>>>>>>>>> to that but until then we can let people vote with their feet.
>>>>>>>>>>> In the meantime, please cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw
>>>>>>>>>>> it
>>>>>>>>>> away,
>>>>>>>>>>> or into the sleeve on the inside of your elbow and wash your
>>>>>>>>>>> hands a
>>>>>>>>>>> lot. Also, stop touching your face and buying all the pasta.
>>>>>>>>>>> Anyway...
>>>>>>>>>>> Date:
>>>>>>>>>>> 19:30 - 23:00, Wed 18th March 2020
>>>>>>>>>>> Place:
>>>>>>>>>>> The Royal Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>> 41-43 The High Street
>>>>>>>>>>> Wednesfield
>>>>>>>>>>> Wolverhampton
>>>>>>>>>>> WV11 1ST
>>>>>>>>>>> Map:
>>>>>>>>>>> http://osm.org/go/euzQda~6w--?m=&node=260118166
>>>>>>>>>>> Purpose:
>>>>>>>>>>> Eat, drink and talk Linux, amongst other things.
>>>>>>>>>>> Please put your names below.
>>>>>>>>>>> Goes:
>>>>>>>>>>> 1. Ad
>>>>>>>> 2. Iain
>>>>>>> 3. Simon
>>>>>>>>>>> Late/Maybe:
>>>>>>>>>>> No Goes:
>>>>>>>>>> 1.Andy
>>>>>>>>> 2. Ron
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