[TriLUG] Re: Survey for class focal points
jeremyp at pobox.com
Thu Sep 2 09:38:25 EDT 2004
Hi Kevin and all,
I agree with Al that this past month's session was particularly
technical, and I apologize that we didn't have a particularly precise
description of the meeting ahead of time. I do want to let you know
that the Steering Committee works hard to present a variety of different
topics at various levels. Both our September and October meetings
should be less technical, starting out at a more introductory level but
covering advanced topics too. This will allow everyone to learn
somsething and stay interested.
The steering committee has tossed around various options for secondary
meetings as we realize there is a desire for "basics" topics. I think
we *have* been doing this with the Saturday morning classes, which are
on a much more introductory level than some of the things discussed in
the meetings. The planned Apache and Samba classes will definitely
start out on an introductory level, but the three-hour length will
hopefully bring enough time to cover some of the advanced ideas
mentioned in this thread.
We also plan to have a class on Introduction to Linux (which maybe we
could subtitle "Review of Linux Basics" or something like that). I will
work hard to make sure this is scheduled soon.
It's a difficult task to schedule things that interest our more advanced
members but which aren't over the head of less-experienced people; the
last couple of meetings may have missed that goal, but I hope you'll
bear with us, and continue to provide constructive criticism...thanks!
On Wed, 2004-09-01 at 20:37, Kevin Flanagan wrote:
> Al, and everyone else,
> I agree! I think that a scheduled "basics" session would be good,
> once every quarter? Is it possible that it's time for TriLUG to think
> about split meetings? Say two sessions at once, one on specifics,
> sendmail, apache, etc, and another on basics of redhat or the like?
> Most meetings are standing room only, I wonder if there would be enough
> attendance to do that? It would surely mean work to get a second
> location etc. The current location is great, if we grow much more
> though it'll be time to move no matter what the plans are for the
> I know that I would drift back and forth if there were the 100 track
> and the 200 track meetings on the same night, based on my level of
> comfort with different things.
> If either approach were to be undertaken, it would mean more work
> for the steering committee. I would think that a subcommitte could
> work, that is if the charter allows, to handle booking events. If that
> approach were to be taken it could be one or two of the current SC
> folks, as well as a couple of others to pitch in, with high level
> decisions comming from the compete SC.
> I think that the overflow crowds are a really great thing, and
> TriLUG is a great group. In order to continue to provide real value for
> the membership things like this should get a few minutes thought now and
> then. I fully understand if folks don't think that either of these
> ideas isn't right, just give it a few minutes thought.
> Just my $.02
> On Wed, 2004-09-01 at 17:40, ALFRED JOHNSON wrote:
> > All this sounds interesting, and useful. However, I'd like for us to do
> > something which we used to do, which is to discuss the BASICS for ALL
> > Linux users. For example, the meeting we had on RPMs, clearly
> > disappointed a good number of people because it had very little
> > PRACTICAL information on using RPMs Instead it focused on the Red Hat
> > history and politics of RPM development. If you recall we had an
> > overflow crowd that night, but the comments we heard leaving that
> > meeting was that a lot of folks were disappointed because they were
> > expecting something more practical. I would just like to see somebody
> > stand up and in one night give the minimum you need to know to keep
> > Linux running on a desktop, without all the fluff. In other words,
> > something for the newbies once in a while. If we don't do this, I can
> > guarantee you that we'll lose a lot of new members. I've discovered
> > that everyone needs to brush up on the basics because the rapid pace of
> > Linux software development is literally making everyone a "Linux
> > newbie". -- Al Johnson.
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