OK, so we seem to be having a quiet one this time around, and we’ll probably end up stopping a little early to give Paul a break. Many thanks for all the support, and hopefully we’ll be back with another one, bigger and better, real soon now!
I’m here at the Geek-n-Tweak in York, just getting things under way. Hopefully there will be info and photos and stuff in due course. Hopefully.
I’ve put up some posters in various places to advertise the Geek-n-Tweak on the 24th of May. Please do go ahead and use the PDF to advertise the event!
Hi gang, it’s been a bit quiet around here, but rest assured, it’s only because we care so much about software that we’re doing it all the time and it distracts us from the site like a shiny, shiny thing.
We’re planning on holding an event in York on the 24th of May, teaming up with the York Linux User Group social to have a Geek and Tweak evening. We’ll do geeky things, talk about geeky things, and then if something needs a bit of a tweak – a setting here, a package install and configure there, whatever – we’ll give it a go! So, bring your problems, your solutions and yourselves along to York. Venue yet to be arranged, we’re looking for somewhere that has good wifi and food, so I’ve got a couple of places in mind, will post again soon with more details. Promise!
Monday, after a little bit of a hick-up as initially I couldn’t get in to the building, the first meeting of LinuxChix North was held at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds. Most came from York or Leeds but person came from Glossop!
After introducing ourselves we got on to some general discussion and planning discussion. The general discussion was an explanation of and comparison of IDEs and editors; talk about LAMP, WAMP and MAMP servers; and advice on installing Ubuntu on an older laptop. The planning discussion covered what did we want to do with the group; where the next meetings should be; and how we can communicate amongst ourselves in between meetings.
We discussed moving meetings between cities and this was considered a good idea as was holding them on different days. Some of us had attended the Manchester Geek Girl afternoon tea at MadLab the day before and I proposed this as a venue for a Manchester meeting in January. So I will get on and organise this. Zoë, the chair of YLUG, proposed a Saturday Linux workshop meeting in York, probably on campus at the University, during February. It was considered a good way of introducing new users to the operating system and applications.
Both e-mail mailing lists and IRC were discussed as communication mediums (with a side track in to a rant about Mailman and talk of PHPList). I pointed out that LinuxChix ran its own IRC server and they had said we could have a channel on the server. I’m still waiting for details on that but the server details are:
Domain : irc.linuxchix.org Port : 6667 Channel: #linuxchix (plus others)
I am still setting up the e-mail list but if you want to be included right from the start please can you send an e-mail from the account you want subscribed to:
melanie at linuxchixnorth dot org dot uk
The meeting was wound up about 9.00 pm and most of us went to a Tapas restaurant for a later dinner before heading home. It was a very enjoyable evening.
A number of people have said they can’t make the first meeting because they’re unavailable Mondays. I think we need a poll to find out which days people prefer. Could you comment below about which days are better for you. Cheers.
Also who would like a “Tea and Cake” meet one Saturday or Sunday and when?
Good news people, I have arranged with Linda Broughton of NTI Leeds to have use of Old Broadcasting House, in Leeds, on Monday 7th December, for our first meeting. I will get there for 18:30 for a 19:00 start.
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The aims of this meeting are to get to know one another and to decide what to do next. My hope is that once we hold them regularly we can have a speaker or two each time.
Finally I’m happy with the state of the web site so I’ve taken it live. I will probably tweak it in the next few weeks to fine tune it. I based the theme upon the global LinuxChix website so all credit for the original design must go to them.
I have been sorting out a venue for the first LinuxChix North chapter meeting here in Leeds. I’ve been talking to Linda Broughton of NTI who are based in Old Broadcasting House about use of facilities in the building. I still haven’t agreed on a date but I hope to have one soon. So watch this space.