Linux.com: Linux User GroupsApr 11, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Alami)
"One thing distinguishes Linux from other operating systems: its diverse and vibrant community. One such manifestation of the Linux community is the Linux User Group, or LUG. A LUG is a group of users in the same geographical region which gets together to discuss everyone's favourite OS, and to educate others about the virtues and challenges posed by Linux."
"From personal experience, I'd have to say that LUGs are one of the best things that have happened to the Linux community. Without a LUG, I would have a much harder time learning new things about Linux. Without a LUG, I wouldn't have found my first Linux job. And most importantly, without a LUG, I would have a much harder time finding people nearby who share the same interests in Linux...."
"First things first. If you're not participating in a LUG at the moment, and you have a bit of spare time to get involved, give it a try. You can search for existing local LUGs at Linux.com's LUGs section, or at GLUE, "Group of Linux Users Everywhere." If you cannot find a nearby LUG, and you know a few local Linux users who are interested, you can found your own LUG. If you want to take this initiative, check out the HOWTOs first -- they provide invaluable information about starting your own LUG."
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