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"In the world of Linux, many things have changed in the last decade. The operating system itself has grown up, and is no longer an "upstart." But one mainstay of the Linux community, the Linux user group (LUG), appears to be on the decline in some areas. Attendance is down, LUG presidents say, and some groups have stopped meeting. Does this mean we don't need LUGs anymore?"

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Created by bridget 14 years 26 weeks ago – Made popular 14 years 26 weeks ago
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candtalan

14 years 26 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago

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We certainly need some form of

We certainly need some form of local support and interest focus.
All windows users I know have their own Friend or Family Member (FOFM) who acts as their informal support technically. The exception is the techies (fofm) themselves, who are independent of most others.
When I help these windows users to try Linux, maybe install for them, they have to either use me or find a Linux FOFM. These do not exist in their lives of course, or they would not have been using windows to begin with.

The LUGs, although having a tendency to be esoteric and expert, also have the capability to act in an intermediate support network. For example, as a fofm locally myself, I can get good support from my LUG.

As this phase of Linux rollout moves through, then more fofm will be created, and LUGs may not be so important, which in my opinion they are at present.

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spikeb

14 years 26 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago

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LUGs are still genius, so I don't

LUGs are still genius, so I don't see the problem

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