Linux.com: LUGs Help Unite Linux UsersDec 26, 2000, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Alami)
"Its diverse and vibrant community distinguishes Linux from other operating systems. One such manifestation is the Linux User Group, or LUG. A group of users in the same geographical region get together in a LUG to discuss everyone's favorite OS, and to educate others about the virtues and challenges posed by Linux."
"From personal experience, I found that the development of LUGs is one of the best aspects of the Linux community. Without a LUG, I would have difficullty learning new things about Linux. Without a LUG, I wouldn't have snagged my first Linux job. Most important, without a LUG I might not have found people nearby who share my interest in Linux."
"My local LUG, the Vancouver Linux User Group (VanLUG), has been a boon to the local Linux community. VanLUG has been around since 1995 as a mailing list, and has had formal meetings since 1998. One of the larger LUGs, VanLUG has over 1,000 registered members, and the monthly meetings attract up to 200."