"Sulzberger was willing to share his advice with Linux user
groups who want to be as successful as the LXNY group. He says
there are nine steps you can follow to do it the right way."
"1. You need more than one or two people to run a group." It
gets to be too much work, even with a small group, if there are
just a couple of guys handling all the details. Enlist a lot of
help right from the start. Form a committee and meet often, even if
just online, to discuss details and plans and distribute the
"2. You need to have a regular meeting place and a regular day."
Sulzberger says that the New York LUG, a sister group to LXNY, has
never missed a monthly meeting. It's important to establish
regularity so that it becomes a habit. If people have to try to
figure out when the meeting is going to be, it makes it less likely
that they'll show up. It's too much trouble."