SPUG: Notice: Organizational Meeting to Revive GSLUG

Ken Meyer kmeyer at blarg.net
Fri Jul 20 17:28:06 PDT 2007



* Purpose: Meeting to discuss what and how to restart GSLUG

* When: Saturday, July 28th 2007 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

* Where: University of Washington Campus in Seattle
               Suzzallo library, Room 328

* Directions: Campus map with library noted:


* Agenda *


Discussion of the agenda

# Planning the Revival #

Venue possibilities

Define Purpose / Mission

Lessons learned

    Identify other known issues

    Possible solutions or alternatives

Identify Responsibilities


    How can other members help

Next steps


Here is more background information and another link.


The new prospective group of organizers who have sponsored this meeting
recently held an Installfest at the King County Library's Shoreline Branch
that was well attended, even without publicity that reached the majority of
our community.  I personally believe that they have the enthusiasm and
expertise to make things happen, if they receive reasonable support from the
community.  It is also encouraging that I have recently received half a
dozen inquiries about LUG meetings in the area, so it appears that interest
does exist, and some folks are experiencing "withdrawal symptoms".

Your attendance at this organizational meeting is solicited.  Yes,
organizational meetings may typically not be the most exciting; and of
course, someone might ask you to assist in some small way in the significant
effort that is required to maintain such a group.  Consider though, that
these core organizers are beginning from a virtually clean slate, so your
input about the direction of the group could be very significant, just as
the launch customers for a new Boeing airplane exert substantial influence
in its initial design and configuration.

If you value the opportunity to meet with your peers and learn about the
latest developments in the OSS domain, hear presentations by industry
drivers such as the founder of MySQL and the head of the SAMBA project, have
the chance to win raffle prizes ranging from current books to expensive
software to $100 Amazon gift certificates, get troubleshooting and
installing assistance on all levels, and contribute to the enhancement of
the community by helping newbies -- well GSLUG has provided all of that, and
can again with your participation and assistance.

If you cannot be there, please express your questions, ideas, comments, and
willingness to participate via the "gslug-general" mail list, which you can
join at:


Or on the GSLUG wiki at:


(don't get hung-up with the obviously out-of-date stuff)

Also, stay tuned to the wiki for future notifications and information of

For those of you new to the local LUG scene: GSLUG -- the Greater Seattle
Linux User Group -- has had a long and illustrious history, serving the
Linux community with education and social interaction.  Review t the history
of GSLUG at:


However, about a year and a half ago, it ran out of available organizers,
and in view of diminished interest by the participants in contributing the
necessary effort, it has been dormant since then.  In fact, there has been a
serious apparent malaise in the entire local OSS and Linux UG community of
late.  Now, a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable folks have approached
Brian Hatch and I about rejuvenating the organization.  Perhaps it would
even be possible to coalesce the interests of more than one of the recently
dormant organizations in a reborn GSLUG.

Ken Meyer
Former Chief Organizer for GSLUG

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