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Ztcoracat 09-08-2012 12:00 AM

Starting A New Linux Group

While out and about today I met another Linux user.
I was very re-leaved to say the least.

After a intense discussion on Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora we both agreed that we are willing to start our own Linux Group here in Maryland. The Annapolis Group is much to far to attend as well as the Baltimore City Linux group.

Before I e-mail my new partner/colleague for the first time; what do you recommend that I propose?

What authoritative documentation should I follow as a guide to begin this process?

What strategies and techniques do I need to focus on to be a productive and helpful associate/partner to my new colleague?

What resources should I give to folks that come to me for assistance?

This is really exciting and I'm looking forward to working with another Linux user; I just need some sound advice and instruction please:study:
Any help would be appreciated

malekmustaq 09-08-2012 03:58 AM


What resources should I give to folks that come to me for assistance?

This link can help much to your new group.

Good luck.

onebuck 09-08-2012 09:28 AM

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Ztcoracat 09-08-2012 09:07 PM

Thanks for the link to the LUG.

Looks good for new folks to my group and good resources and plently of information.
Looks like I'll be printing out documentation to help others.:D

Can anyone make any other good suggestions to ie:)proposals, strategies, etc.?
Or any other ideas?

frankbell 09-08-2012 09:48 PM

Start a website and try to find local online places you can make your presence known.

There are other suggestions here:

You don't mention where in Maryland you are other than sort of in the vicinity of Annapolis and Baltimore, but you might consider getting in touch with doortodoorgeek. He lives near Baltimore and might be willing to publicize your group; I'm sure he'd be willing to help. He's best known for the Linuxbasix podcast.

Also, meet regularly and be prepared to be just the two of you for a while. These things can take time.

Ztcoracat 09-08-2012 10:34 PM


The "Recipe For A successful LUG" is a very good document; Thanks!

As you mentioned; 'it can take time' I somewhat antisipated that it might but none the less it will be educational and rewarding. Of course this will demand a degree of commitment but that isn't a problem.

I'll check with the Library Manager and see if there is a fee to use the conference room(s). Until the size of the group increases by number I don't see the pursuit of making an agreement with the Library Mgr.

In the coming weeks I'll learn how to build a website but more importantly I'm going to wait a few days to see that this new comrad is sincere. It is my hope that he e-mails me- thanks again.

onebuck 09-09-2012 06:35 AM

Member Response

You can check local Universities, Colleges, Junior Colleges for LUGS or potential use of facilities. Public Libraries in our area do provide open use but you need to sign up for the use and reserve of the conference rooms & facilities.

Check with local news outlets for public service announcements, small town free news do allow PSA but you must provide credentials or explain the situation that this is a new forming of your group. Even block adds are not that expensive in these small newspapers.

You could provide a LinusFest to show, explain and expose Gnu/Linux to local interested parties. Commit some time to the install for a Gnu/Linux or provide a install DVD to participants. Polish your presentation for the audience, limit your use of jargon, tech speak yet explain but do not talk down to the crowd.

Ztcoracat 09-09-2012 06:25 PM


The 2 local colleges to me are pretty close so I'll visit over the next week or so.

The local news paper in my town was a good idea thank you. I didn't even think of that-
The cost to run the ad shouldn't be much but I'll find out-

As you mentioned I will have to explain the situation in regard to forming a new Linux Group.

You provided me with good practices; thanks again!:hattip: Now I can put them in motion.

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