Group has no formality - we could ask for gold coin donations at radio club Use this money to buy box of stuff for WLUG to keep at radio club - power boards, network gear etc
Appoint a hierarchy - group president?
Traditionally we have meetings only, need to do something to get new people, start doing installs, bringing boxes, start presentations etc. Momentum will eventually gather.
The mission of the group needs to be to "Promote Linux use" and NOT to discourage Windows use - as such, people considering public advocacy should read the LinuxAdvocacy how-to document.
Daniel refers to a pro-Microsoft story on "Breakfast" TV program. A guy wrote a letter to the show explain alternatives (crossposted to NZLUG list.) While a great idea, it was filled with "Micro$haft" etc - bad advocate. This from the head of a reputable firm in Auck. Profanities, allegorical stuff, "Evil Empire" etc. Not the right way to go about it.
There is a resources for advocacy link on WLUG page.
(story of backing up to can't back up to SQL database)
St John school administrator impressed with install of Redhat
Hamilton school has Citrix webterms in labs, 2 boxes,
People are being thrown into 2nd year Linux labs - grads at at Uni will be teaching tutorials on Linux. offer people WLUG as a point of contact.
Format of meetings - presentation or hands on. 20 mins, little presentations.
things Bruce is doing: simple floppy disk insatller. Fax server on samba. aaron: dynamic DNS
ACM chapter - uni thing - can invite people from there.
get a rhythm. see presentations - worth going to. everyone would like to get something out of it
Meetings need to have an audience. Not going to put a couple of hours into preparing anything Good turnout to Daniel's samba thing.
Aaron wants to learn about Advanced Samba something like setting up services WANd (james)
Aim to have a definite goal with talks - show how to do something specific?
differences between easy stuff and hard stuff. Simpler talks. Have to interest everyone, including those who know a lot though. Perhaps have more depth
Linux in business - presented by a man in a suit (Greig :) proprietry standards and vendor locking
Ads in community newspapers - especially the Loot
Provide people a good introduction to Linux - a good way of doing this is showing it doing "something it can do that windows can't"