Whatever the newest user needs to know.
We won't pick just one ahead of time. We will accept suggestions and requests, as the course of the meeting will be entirely up to those that attend. Join us to share the knowlege, learning experiences, problem solving and effective techniques.
We can mostly explore the traditional Graphical User Interface (GUI), as it is easy to use, often familiar, and friendly to use. We will NOT focus on the Command Line Interface (CLI) as it is seldom required and generally optional for day to day use.
We have access to many formal slide show presentations; but, we use them only to present information and encourage discussion. We encourage and prefer lively interaction and user questions. We always want user questions to be asked. We never think that any question is too dumb.
A selected topic will NOT restrict the course of our meetings. These topics are tentative. They are only suggestions.Order of Events:
First some simple introductions, administrative minutia, announcements, and then you can Call For Help during our Questions and Answers period.
Sometimes we will watch a video or have a slide show presentation, after which there will be general discussions that usually lead to additional topics.
Sometimes, there can be a live demonstration of a Linux distribution (distro) installation, updating, changes, features and applications.
Users that bring their laptops (or even desktops) often connect to the Internet for application installation and bookmarking of interesting web sites. Early arrival may provide enough time to assist installation, configuration and demonstration of Linux on hardware. Come early, come often!
The Saint Louis, Missouri (MO), Hazelwood Linux Users Group (HZWLUG) is for newcomers to Linux.
Our meetings will usually be held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM ( with rooms reserved from 6:30 for setup ) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. We must be out of the room and building NLT 9:00 PM. However, for the foreseeable future locations and days of the month will be changing.
After a quick welcome, introduction and administrative announcements we have a Questions and Answer Period. Then we might have a short application demonstration or slide presentation to start. We may stay on that topic or go on to whatever topic the Linux Newcomers want. We talk about Linux, various Linux Distributions (Distros), installation, use, and other Free Opens Source Software (FOSS).
There is no fee to be a member. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Skill levels may range from complete novice newcomers to experienced long-time users. So, please join us at our next meeting or event for fun, knowledge and networking.
There are many good reasons for switching to Linux. Or, not. It all depends on individual needs. There are also some challenges that potential new users should consider. We believe most problems are offset by the advantages.
We want to promote Linux use, attract existing Linux users, and exploit the knowlege of those existing Linux power users.
We have reserved rooms; but, meeting topics depend on your interest. A number of our local MS Windows power users are attending. They work with both MS Windows and Linux, and love it. Making everything work between different Operating Systems drives these individuals and they are familiar with all kinds of problems. They just continually try to sell you free software.
The Hazelwood Linux Users Group (HZWLUG) exists to provide up-to-date information to newcomers about Linux and FOSS, its associate applications, features, capabilities, limitations, community, and to provide answers to technical questions.
HZWLUG is a Linux Users Group (LUG) that is loosely affiliated as a Special Interest Groups (SIG) with the St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG). Under SLUUG care the room fees are paid and web page support is provided.
SLUUG is a not-for-profit professional association designed to foster education and communication among computer users. SLUUG members include many Linux and UNIX professionals, Networking experts, hobbists, students, plus many who are interested in Unix, Unix-like Operating Systems, Linux, other Free Open Source Software (FOSS) applications, products and services.