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Jan 15, 2000, 17:50 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Just a few years ago, it was common to find several people within an existing Users Group, such as a Unix Users Group, who were interested in Linux and thus started a special interest group (SIG) within the group to discuss Linux. Today, Linux Users Groups have grown to become their own Users Groups focusing entirely on Linux. Has Linux become popular enough to start spawning SIGs of their own? Yes. I say they have."

"The recent growth within Linux Users Groups, has started to attract a wide variety of members with a wide variety of interests. Groups have started to become challenged to provide content to please all these different types of members. More experienced members with Linux are becoming bored by the discussions of modem and printer problems by new users, and new members are being overwhelmed by discussions of kernel modules, programming, 3dfx development, cross platform architectures, and other advanced topics which are typically beyond grasp of the average new Linux user."

"What have some LUGs done to help with this problem? They've begun to create SIGs of their own within their group. On alternate nights, special SIGs, such as Perl Users, Newbie Night, and special training nights have begun to grow in popularity. These special nights are set to not conflict with regular LUG meeting nights, but to complement them in both content and scheduling."

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