Originally Published: Wednesday, 6 October 1999 Author: mrlug@linux.com
Published to: lug_mrlug/General Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

LUGs at work

Ian writes: I am interested in forming a LUG at my company [name deleted]. We have a very large Unix environment, and many potential Linux converts :) I have not yet found, however, any LUGs that have been formed at companies. Has this been done, and is it ok to do so?

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Ian writes:

I am interested in forming a LUG at my company [name deleted]. We have a very large Unix environment, and many potential Linux converts :)

I have not yet found, however, any LUGs that have been formed at companies. Has this been done, and is it ok to do so?

I've certainly heard of it being done. Unfortunately, corporate life being what it is, most companies would probably rather not have anyone know they have a large, active Linux user community in their midst. Before making your existence known publicly, I'd suggest checking with your supervisor, their supervisor, and anyone else you can find to make sure it's OK. (CYA, in other words.)

(I hate to sound negative, but I've had some... odd experiences with this sort of thing. You have to be delicate. :-)

Internal mailing lists and newsgroups are generally a good idea and seem to usually be taken well, as long as they stay internal to the company. It might be easier to sell that as having a real business purpose, namely discussing the potential for Linux at your company. A full-blown LUG might be taken as more of an advocacy group. Some (not all!) companies might be put off by that.

Now, all that aside, nobody can stop you from organizing a LUG outside of work and letting all your co-workers know. ;-)

I'd love to hear what experiences others have had with LUGs at work. If you've got a story to tell, please email mrlug@linux.com.





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