1. funding/rig etc... Well, for a rig or something of this nature how about getting some
sponsorship for it? Dse might be a good place to start.
Also if you are looking at other ideas, how about trying for funding for CDs with the
LDP/tutorials/talks the lug has given, funding for a linux/wlug "road show" to
businesses, and other groups mentioned in the charter?
2. newbie stuff... Definitely a must.
Mayberetool the lecture series that gets put on up here up at the uni. Three things I
think are really important are:
- installation (still... even if it is getting easier), especially as some people set up
home networks and want to connect
Oh and maybe add a fourth...
- help resources. how and where to get them
Oh hey what about having the equivalent of "support group meetings"? I think
its DunLUG who meet in a café or something like that... We could organise similar nights
for newbie groups to meet with more experienced users maybe and let some of that
knowledge rub off maybe or something similar?
I don't know. Perhaps that sounds silly.
From: Greig McGill [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2004 10:32 pm
Subject: [wlug] WLUG Members - Input Required
1. WLUG Funding
Last year, the committee attempted to raise funds for the purchase of a mobile test
rig/demo lab consisting of a server, a workstation, and several peripherals for use in
presentations, training, and perhaps community education.
We were declined on all three attempts, but will be trying again this year. What we need
to know is: Is this a good goal for funding? Do you have a better idea? Is there a
service you would like to see the WLUG provide that is currently unrealistic due to
Keep in mind that funding must be applied for with a specific project in mind, as funding
cannot be used to meet ongoing running costs, or allow for events that may not happen.
2. New and Inexperienced Users
As mentioned at the AGM, the WLUG has been accused of being unsupportive of new or
inexperienced users. It was explained that the *active* members of the WLUG, ie. the ones
who do all the work, are experienced users, and are thus unlikely to arrange meetings on
beginner topics, or arrange installfests, which they have little desire to attend.
We don't wish to alienate the new or inexperienced users however, but we need some of
them to step up, and volunteer to present some beginner topics, arrange workshops, and
perhaps start a "beginner stream". You will have the full backing, and support
of the "old hands" - just tell us what you need. I repeat TELL US WHAT YOU
NEED! Nothing is more demoralising than being complained at for not providing something
which no one has ever told us they wanted.
We do have something scheduled for the new people. October's meeting will be
dedicated to using the WLUG resources - the Wiki, mailing list, effective use of Google,
etc. It will also feature a live "fixup workshop". This will consist of people
bringing their "broken" setups, and we will pick a few, and solve them, live, on
the projector. This will not only get the problem fixed, but will show the
troubleshooting process, and hopefully demystify the black-magic aspect of what the
'gurus' of the group do.
Details will follow. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.