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[Computerbank] Re: [Computerbank][Australia-wide] Re: Linux

Hello everyone,

[posted to both the Australia-wide and Computerbank lists together]

Is that 2 or 3 now saying they're on Australia-wide and know Linux? Greg,
Jacqueline and ?? here on Australia-wide?

I think you're also on the Computerbank allover Oz list, Jaqueline? I hope
so and I hope you don't mind me reposting what you said before onto it.

I wanted to raise a couple of points of potential interest to both lists.

First, mostly for Australia-widers, there's a push to give everyone
everywhere access to learning Linux. Why? Well it's good. But also, people
anywhere in Oz can now set up a branch of Computerbank (well, in a month or
two) BUT the main stumbling block for many wanting to do this is to have
the local expertise in this thing called Linux.

People just hearing of it for the first time won't be interested in the
upcoming Linux national conference in Brisbane or even the 2003 one in
Perth but it does offer us a joint target: Perth in one year.

I don't know the focuses of such national Linux conferences but ... would
they be interested in a presentation about Computerbank and its need to get
branches established outside our metropolitan cities? Are most of them well
enough aware about http://www.computerbank.org.au/ Computerbank? Might they
also be somewhat interested in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Australia-wide
Australia-wide's efforts, among other things, for equity of access to the
Internet and Web for every Australian? 

It seems to me we have a joint purpose to consider the Linux movement
becoming familiar with and actively assisting the spread of the (still
evolving) Computerbank branch model.

Over to you guys..

Regards, Bruce (Ascot Vale, Melbourne)

At 10:06 5/01/02 -0000, zenryaku (Jacqueline) wrote on Australia-wide:
>I play with and/or am a volunteer with PLUG (www.plug.linux.org.au), 
>LinuxChix (www.linuxchix.org), and Computer Angels Inc 
>(www.ca.asn.au). PLUG is bidding to hold the 2003 Linux Conference 
>Australia in Perth and have done quite a bit of work towards this 
>leading up to the Brisbane conference for a couple of weeks' time.
>The culture of each LUG is different. PLUG tends to be on the 
>technical side and very interested in the bleeding edge hardware and 
>software. But they are also very helpful to newbies and have set up a 
>separate web-based forum for beginner's questions.
>I can load operating systems and software, but I cannot write or 
>compile the kernel. I am more interested in showing others the 
>application or use of the computer so tend to beta-test or evaluate 
>desktop applications. At the moment I am evaluating end-user 
>applications to go in a new distribution for Computer Angels.
>In Western Australia, our population is spread from Derby in the North 
>to Esperance in the South. Most of our communication is via the email 
>discussion lists and forums. Although there is the opportunity for 
>face2face in Perth, some PLUGgers don't or can't attend these and get 
>what they want from the lists and forums.
>I would also like to add:
>"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect 
>wood or assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for 
>the endless immensity of the sea."  -- Antoine de Saint Exupery
>All the best
> --- In Australia-wide@y..., Bruce McCubbery <brucemcc@m...> wrote:
>> How many people on here know anything about Linux?
>> If you do are you in a LUG?
>> If you are, which one?
>> I need to learn about who is up on its use and how widely spread it 
>> Thank you.
>> Bruce
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