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RE: [LA-Linux-Users-Group] LinuxLA - 1st Meetup this Thursday!

From: Carolyn O.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:28 AM
Thanks for all your great feedback, Bradley! I'm currently working with
the webmaster for LULA/LILAX/LALUGS and we may be merging it all together.
I would love to set up more infrastructure than just on meetup.com, it
just seemed like a good place to start.  If anybody would like to help out
with that, or in any other way, please let me know!

Carolyn Kay Oswald
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Sent: Monday, August 13,[masked]:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [LA-Linux-Users-Grou­p] LinuxLA - 1st Meetup this Thursday!

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On 08/13/[masked]:42 PM, Karin wrote:
> Carolyn Do you know of a group in the South Bay area? Karin


Carolyn already pointed out a couple of the more active groups, yet
technically there is LILAX, which is sort of Airport, sort of South Bay,
although actual meetings only occur on average once every two years LOL:

http://www.lilax....­

LiLAX had some discussions amongst a few of us several months ago about
starting up meetings here in the South Bay (Torrance, Redondo, Hermosa,
etc.), but even though the question had been asked and the ball was tossed
up in the air, there didn't seem to be much interest from the controlling
interests of the domain/website to enable a restart, so it fizzled.

Except for one meeting at SpaceX a few months ago, the group has only had
a few bicycling trip announcements over the past couple of years.

There's a great resource and group concerning LUGs and other UNIX related
groups in L.A. County w/quite active chan at #lalugs on freenode
(irc://chat.freenode­.net/#lalugs). The website is located at
http://LALUGs.org­ and it would be good if this group
(LA-Linux-Users-Grou­p) were listed as a resource there too.

It would also be nice to see LA-Linux-Users-Group­ build upon other
existing LUG or even it's own infrastructure like the more successful and
enduring groups have - i.e., UUASC and OCLUG, where a presence at
meetup.com is complimented by the maintenance of their own infrastructure.

Then there's LULA, another group once quite active but not so much since
about 2007. I think Sharon from http://LinuxChixL...­ may have been the
active maintainer of that site until it fell into relative stagnation.

There's an interesting chronological phenomenon that I've observed w/about
a dozen LUGs (and Ham Radio clubs) over the last few years. An
overwhelming amount of these types of groups appear to have been felled by
apathy or lack of participation beginning right around the economic
downturn beginning in 2007; and though these groups still have
infrastructure and theoretical existence, they are being largely displaced
by new groups springing up over the last six months.

Whether these trends that I've observed are an indication of economic
recovery or just a general trend to get involved in personal interests
irrespective of the economic barometer is anyone's guess. I'm Just glad
for the resurgence in interest and participation.

I hope that helps :)

Kindest regards,


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Bradley D. Thornton
Manager Network Services
NorthTech Computer
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http://NorthTech....­

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