Organise and Delegate!
The current setup of the UKUUG Linux SIG is that Andrew Lack does layout of the
paper newsletter, Gareth Blades handles local group co-ordination and I do
just about everything else :(
We are having an increasing swell of publicity for Linux in the next few
I really think that the UK Linux community has the potential to grow to
tens or even hundreds of thousands of active members. We would like the UKUUG
Linux SIG to have a leading part in bringing about the 're-education' of the
professional computer using industry away from the 'Microsoft is everything'
There are many aspects of my job at the moment that would need to be
delegated as growth of the group makes them more demanding and also to do
those jobs well enough to facilitate even further growth.
I am opening up the discussion with some suggested job titles in a tree of
sub tasks that as we grow in size as a volunteer organisation would have to
be further delegated.
This is published both as a Web version and also as a printed
newsletter. The Web version is open to anyone but the printed newsletter
is important as a tangible benefit for UKUUG subscribers.
The Web version comes
first, when it is finalised Andrew Lack does the conversion into printed
form using Latex. What is needed is more creative effort on the Web page
production side. We need regular columnists who are willing to commit to
an article for each issue. We need copy editors that can give detailed
consideration to individual articles and perhaps work with the original
authors to get them even better. Should we take advertising in the
newsletter? It will raise extra revenue but does it compromise objective
reviews? Anyone got any opinions?
We ain't got the billion dollar budget that Microsoft has. The
visibility of Linux to the general computer using public is tiny, but growing
What we need are ways of getting publicity that don't cost a fortune (or anything at all). The
jobs can be subdivided into several aspects which could be done by
different people if the workload justified it.
Linux Point of Sale Info
For people that already know that they want Linux the
best place to tell them about the SIG is where they buy their Linux CDs
and Linux Books. This would need someone to liase with CD & Book publishers
down to individual shops and mail order operations.
Somebody within the academic community is needed to make
sure that academic computer users are aware of the choice that they
have in Linux and the UKUUG Linux SIG that they can join. Some universities
such as Warwick are already hot-beds of Linux use. Others maybe need to be convinced still?
Software Industry Liaison
Microsoft dumped on a whole load of developers by cajoling them
for years to write new software for OS/2 only to desert it themselves!
This has left many software developers extremely nervy about writing
products for anything other than Windows. What we want to encourage is
an attitude of dual target development for both X Windows/ncurses text mode
and Microsoft Windows.
Linux has meant that there is now a colossal mass market for X Window
software. Software developers don't have to 'sell their soul'
and commit to a Microsoft OS only policy.
Computer Press Liaison
Just to get more frequent coverage of Linux related issues in the
computer and general media. Linux distributions and application software onto various magazine cover disks etc.
With the Super Highway coming onto the political agenda we want to
make sure that Linux as the freely available access software for the net
is given proper consideration rather than Microsoft winning by default
and possibly millions of our taxpayers money swelling Bill
Gate's pockets if a general public access infrastructure is implemented.
Anyone else got any ideas what we should be doing.?