On Wednesday 24th June at 7 pm for 7.30pm at the Education Room, Grange Court, Leominster, The Herefordshire Linux and Open Source User Group will host a special event on the topic of ‘Beginners Linux and how to choose a Linux Distro’. See below for full details of the event
Amongst other topics, we will show you why you should consider using Linux , its benefits and idiosyncracies, and how you can stay virus free on the net. We will also show you how to install Linux on a pc live during the event. The event will be aimed at real beginners to Linux and Open Source, perhaps keen to move from Windows.
The entry is open to anyone not just LUG members and will be subject to a small charge, to cover the hire of the venue only.
Grange Court is only accessible from the Church Street entrance to Pinsley Road. There is no through road from the Etnam Street entrance, although this does not show on Google Maps or Satnavs.
For Satnav users, Grange Court’s postcode is HR6 8NL
There is car parking for up to 12 vehicles, and two disabled parking bays. Etnam Street car park and the large car park on Arkwright Close, both pay-and-display, are less than 5 minutes walk from Grange Court. More information about car parks in Leominster can be found here.
It’s taken a while but I’ve collated the results of our survey relating to topics that our members would like to see at our meetings.
You will see that there is quite an interest in Beginners topics, choice of Distro, interest in Virtualisation, Desktop and Raspberry Pi, and Programming. Topics such as Gaming on Linux, Business applications, such as CRM/ERP and Graphics faired less well. There were a few extra topics requested which you can also see listed, such as a Troubleshooting session (sounds a good one), outreach and spreadsheets for finance.
As discussed at the last LUG Meeting we plan the first meeting based around these topics in June 24th, 4th Wednesday of the month as usual, probably to allow time to get organised. What seemed like a good plan at the meeting is to have a Beginners session that also includes Distro choice, ie why I should choose Ubuntu over Debian, Fedora or Arch for example.
In the end we had 17 responses altogether not too bad, although people were allowed to vote for as many topics as they wanted which seemed like the fairest method to use.
I will setup a Pirate pad (or equivalent) online pad where we can share our plans for this first meeting. There wasn’t consensus where we should hire a room and and have a full session, or just keep things simple and carry on at the Courtyard but please say your ideas on this .
We will also need people who are happy to talk about topics for Beginners, and structure the event. I’m happy to help coordinate, but it’s always best to get as many volunteers to help to reduce the load for the others.
We will also of course need to plan what other events for each month we will hold based around the interest shown above.
So please reply and let everyone know your thoughts, plans and ideas and/or if you want to help
eduX provides online computer based training. One course that caught my eye is module LFS101 – Introduction to Linux, provided by the Linux Foundation. This is a free course, scheduled for later this year.
No previous experience of Linux required, and covers a number of areas, suitable for Linux programmers, system administrators and end users.