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SVLUG March Meeting - at the LinuxWorld Expo
"Running an Effective Linux User Group"
7PM, Wednesday, March 3, 1999
SVLUG's March 1999 meeting date of March 3 coincides with the
Our March meeting will be held at the LinuxWorld Expo
on March 3, 1999 from 7-9PM at the San Jose Convention Center.
We'll meet in the Meeting Rooms A-F, up the stairs and all the
way to the left/east. We may need to hold off entry to the room
until the convention center crews finish reconfiguring it for our
meeting after the BoF sessions are over.
We chose the subject of "Running an Effective Linux User Group"
because we're expecting many more visitors from out of town than usual,
due to the convention. Local and visiting attendees are encouraged to
speak up with what they think works and what doesn't.
Our meeting will be held after all other convention activities for
the day are over. As usual for an SVLUG meeting, attendance is
The Panel Discussion
We are in the process of inviting leaders of Linux User Groups to
participate in the panel, from anywhere across the country or around the
world who will be in town for the convention (or any other reason.) It
doesn't matter if your LUG is from a small town or large metropolitan
area - as long as you believe your LUG has been effective for your area
and you have advice that can help others running, starting or
participating in LUGs in their own areas. If you would like to
participate, contact SVLUG's speaker coordinator, Sam Ockman at
<email@example.com> or the SVLUG officers at
The panelists so far (in alphabetical order) are:
- Eugene Clement,independent computer consultant,
Palm Springs, California
- Eugene is the founder of the
Coachella Valley Linux Users Group (CVLUG)
in Palm Springs, California. After NetDay 96 failed to materialize in
Palm Springs, he realized some more training was going to be necessary
for school administrators and staff. After joining IELUG in the distant
Riverside area, he formed CVLUG for the Palm Springs area. One of the
things this new LUG does is arrange old-computer giveaways for teens,
after they install Linux to put new life in the systems. They've found
it's a great learning platform.
- Chris DiBona, Director of Marketing,
VA Research Linux Systems,
Mountain View, California
- Chris is webmaster for Linux International
and the Vice President of the Silicon Valley Linux User Group.
Among Chris' many high-profile activities, he led the
"Great Linux Revolt"
of 1998, where SVLUG handed out 500 Linux CD's at stores which opened at
midnight on June 25, 1998, the opening day for Windows 98. He also
coordinated SVLUG's booths at the Comdex Enterprise and ISPCon
conventions. Actually, Chris has been involved in just about everything
SVLUG has done since he was elected in December 1997.
- Ian Kluft, Software Engineer,
IOS Technologies Division,
Cisco Systems, Inc.,
San Jose, California
- Ian coordinates the web software on SVLUG's web server and was given
the title of SVLUG Vice President of Engineering at the February 1999
meeting. He helped coordinate the "Silicon Valley Tea Party" on
Nov 11, 1998, where SVLUG handed out 400 Linux CD's in front of the
party for the opening of the Microsoft Developer Center in Palo Alto.
As a spoof of Microsoft's "Win98 Launch", Ian built a model rocket using
Win98 CDs (cut in half) as fins for SVLUG's "Launch Win98... on a Rocket!" on June
28, 1998. He's been in leadership positions in various clubs related to
computing, aviation or Ham Radio since 1985.
- Jeff Rose, US Postal Employee, Tavares, Florida;
US Marine Corps 0331 (ret)
- Jeff is the acting president for
Everyone's Linux User Group (ELUG),
which meets in Orlando and serves Central Florida and the Space Coast area.
Currently he is working to get 501(c)3 Non-Profit Incorporation status
for this new LUG. He says he has aspirations of involving local school
and administrative governments as well as businesses as a whole to see
Linux demonstrated on-site, head-to-head with NT and Novell. Jeff says
he's very pleased to be afforded the opportunity to be visiting the
"Holy Land" (Silicon Valley) for the first time!
- Seth Schoen, UC Berkeley student and independent consultant,
- Seth is a student, programmer, and Linux enthusiast residing in Berkeley.
His interests include Linux, classical literature, classical music, and
languages. A Linux user since 1994, he has served as Publicity Director and
general instigator on the Board of the
Cal Linux Users Group
(UC Berkeley), and given Linux seminars and demos under the auspices of
CalLUG. He is currently on leave from UC Berkeley, and continues to be
active in CalLUG and the Bay Area Linux community.
- Randy Sommerfeld, System Administrator,
Mountain Internet, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
- Randy is the Chairman of the relatively small
Squamish Linux Users Group
that covers the Sea to Sky Corridor north of Vancouver, BC. The SLUG
has been involved in a number of interesting projects involving a local
ISP and the Sea to Sky FreeNet
Association. The group used a (Canadian) federal grant to assist in
setting up three community Net access sites, which run Linux and provide
a location for installfests.
Let us know if you'd like to be on the panel. We'll fill in more
people from LUGs in the Bay Area if we don't get enough from out of
Directions to the Meeting Room
We are still obtaining specific directions within the Convention Center.
IDG has confirmed we have a meeting hall with seating capacity for 400.
(We've had more people than that before so it may be SRO.
But that's still more chairs than we've had at a meeting before.)
Directions to the Convention Center
The San Jose McEnery Convention Center is at 150 West San Carlos
Street in San Jose. For driving directions to the Convention Center,
see the map
at the San Jose Convention and Visitor Bureau.
For VTA Light Rail
riders, use the San Jose Convention Center station at the midpoint in
the light rail line. The train operator will call it the "Convention
Center" station. (Be careful not to confuse this with the Santa Clara
Convention Center at the northern extremity of the line.) The light rail
station is in the middle of San Carlos Street in front of the entrance
to the Convention Center.
SVLUG would like to thank IDG, organizers of the
for making this meeting hall available. In order to do this, they will
be reconfiguring the walls/dividers. They'll remove the walls for the
smaller meeting rooms from the BoF sessions and make one large meeting
hall with seating capacity of at least 400.
Feedback to SVLUG webmasters.