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Friday, 14 October 2011 12:36

LUV to open chapter in Shepparton

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The Linux Users of Victoria user group will hold a mini-conference, installfest and set up its third regional chapter on October 29, according to LUV president Lev Lafayette.


The new chapter will be in Shepparton and the event will be held at 23 Alexandra Street, Mooroopna, a community house facility, at 11am.

Lafayette said the chapters - the other two are in Geelong and Ballarat - functioned as full-fledged user groups, "but see themselves as chapters and we see them as chapters. We do whatever we can to help them out".

There will be a few talks on some basic aspects of GNU/Linux and the free software movement. Lafayette said in a notice posted to the LUV mailing list that the topics would be "Moving to free software" and "Office applications."

Those who wish to participate should email admin@mcginc.com.au or phone 58251774. Lunch will be provided.

Asked how many people in Shepparton would be interested in a group catering to GNU/Linux, Lafayette said: "Apparently quite a few! I was approached by a couple of locals and within a fortnight they mentioned that they had about 15 people turning up. I suspect we'll have even more on the day.

He said setting up local groups, both in the suburbs and in the regional towns was part of LUV's strategic plan.

"Linux is best promoted as a community activity, both in the development of the technology and in terms of a social outlook; freedom, openness and community. This is just part of the process."

 


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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