[Volunteers] Undisclosed banned discussion topics (was: yum extender)

Karsten M. Self kmself at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jul 18 18:46:33 PDT 2005

on Mon, Jul 18, 2005 at 03:37:28PM -0700, J. Paul Reed (preed at svlug.org) wrote:
> On 15 Jul 2005 at 21:50:39, Karsten M. Self arranged the bits on my disk to say:
> > Increasing outreach (one of the planks of my own SVLUG campaign),
> > particularly to schools, colleges, and retail outlets, would be a win
> > IMO.
> Yes, yes, yes!
> We discussed this at the last meeting, with varying results. The outcome
> was kinda mushy. We should definitely discuss it again at the Volunteers
> dinner tomorrow. 

...which I'll have to sit out, but with luck, I'll be more available for
same in future.

The basics of what I was thinking were:

  - Signage / flyers in stores:  Fry's, CompUSA, etc., advertising the
    LUG.  Possibly coordinated events.  Also bookstores (Stacy's,
    Borders, B&N, etc.).

  - Getting meetings (or at least significant ones) mentioned on area
    "community calendar" stuff.  E.g.:  PicNix (I know, a different org,
    but some staff overflow) on the KQED community calendar.  Get it in
    now, we should be about on schedule for mid August.

  - Schools.  I've done volunteer work with a Napa area HSs in the past
    year, worked with some SJ schools when I was in the area.  I'm
    finding that the best way in is to find an internal advocate who
    wants to run a program.  Think "computer lab", not "MSFT => Linux
    migration".  Schools have many people, religious attitudes, etc.,
    but proofs-of-concept can be demonstrated, and there's almost sure
    to be _some_ fertile ground.  Ubuntu's a massive benefit here (easy
    to use, easy to install, easy to maintain distro), though avoid
    distro religion.  RH/FC is probably the best "current job skills"

Just, in general, better visibility.  The people who know we exist, know
we exist.  It's the others we're trying to attract.


Karsten M. Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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