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Re: [Computerbank] solving the conundrum of the bush

Bruce, I cannot speak for LUV.  But it seems to me, that any person who is
interested in LINUX and is using it, is most welcome there.    And if they
have problems, they only have to ask and somebody will help them.   And you
find that in return, when they have learnt something, that can help somebody
with a query, then they help.  And so the list sort of rolls on, in a quite
beneficial manner.  And it really helps people to feel that they now have a
community, and not just an operating system and box.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce McCubbery <brucemcc@melbpc.org.au>
To: <computerbank@lists.linux.org.au>
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2002 11:18 AM
Subject: [Computerbank] solving the conundrum of the bush

> I received an off-list email and perhaps my (now edited) response will add
> to this discussion?  .. Bruce
> At 11:36 4/01/02, _____ wrote:
> >In cases where you need local Linux experience in regional areas I think
> your
> >best bet is to find locals who are prepared to learn. This may seem like
> >long process but in the end you are going to have local experience who
> >then form the nucleus of a branch. This will probably be quicker than
> waiting
> >for the rest of Computerbank to come to the rescue. I am sure
> >could send these individuals some machines to learn on etc and provide
> >mentors to coach these people, support being delivered by email etc.
> I'm feeling my way like I'm wearing asbestos gloves in a pool of conrete
> this one, a bad analogy I know but I mean I don't know enough, yet I'm
> trying to solve it from this base.
> Who knows most about the Linux people?
> Who knows about those already interested in Linux "out there" outside our
> capitals?
> Is there a reservoir of people to build on?
> Where are the individuals concerned living?
> Taking the example of Greg:
> How much extra solely Computerbank material needs to be learnt by the
> Can all of that be learnt from physical stuff mailed to them?
> If an emailing backup or course is (or must be) available, how easily can
> it be done?
> Considering the combination of LUGs' and Computerbank intentions
> Are the various LUGs across Australia interconnected?
> Would they be *active supporters of Computerbank because of its Linux
> orientation?
> If so, how would that work out?
> About your state as a specific example
> Disregarding the foregoing, I've been pondering your circumstances and
> wondering how it might turn out it practical terms.
> Accepting that you have to first be strong enough..
> Would the best method be a move/establish/move-further process, would it
> prove best?
> Explanation:
> Establish progressive branches outwards from where you are which each then
> help to establish the next further out branch.
> And so on, until the state is blanketed.
> Which is not to say you can't do what you suggest.  :-)
> It's not an easy answer we are after but it is possible to solve and
> probably a hybrid or smorgasbord set of answers will evolve which answers
> it overall.
> Taking the "local prepared to learn" model
> Let's say they have their own computer and Web access already and are only
> learning this for the sole purpose of being Computerbank's requisite local
> expertise needed to underpin the establishment of a Computerbank branch --
> in Alice Springs or Ceduna or Longreach or any other very far away
place --
> and let's say they are fairly smart: what would they have to learn and
> what's the best guess about how long it would take?
> Thank you for the chance to discuss this.
> Regards, Bruce (03) 9372 0052
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