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.