LUGOD 10 years

The Linux Users' Group of Davis
turned 10 years old

is there a linux user group in davis? if not, are there people who might be interested in forming one?
— Pete Salzman, December 1998

In January 2009, the Linux Users' Group of Davis, a non-profit computer club that meets regularly in Davis and participates in numerous community activities, celebrated its 10 year anniversary.


We celebrated at our Monday, January 19th meeting at the Davis Public Library. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. There was free pizza, cake and other snacks.


We had give-aways like Linux software CDs and classic magazines, and thanks to sponsorship from O'Reilly Media, Google and LUGOD's own members, we raffled off a few dozen prizes, including t-shirts, books, and a classic Linux-based PDA.


Our special guest speaker for the night was Allison Randal, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine project. Parrot targets popular dynamic languages like PHP, Python, Ruby and Perl, and her talk explained Parrot's architecture and taught the skills needed to start using it.

Along with developing Parrot, Allison Randal is also chair of O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON), author of a number of books, and a member of the board of directors for The Perl Foundation.


Check out the meeting minutes, photos and presentation slides (soon) from this event.

Sponsored in part by: O'Reilly, Google, Gabriella and Eric Engelhard of Vevey Confections, and LUGOD members Bill Kendrick, Tedd Depner, Scott and Kate Miller, Mike Simons and all those who volunteered before and during the event!

About the Linux Users' Group of Davis: LUGOD is a 501(c)7 non-profit computer user group that meets monthly in Davis. They advocate the use of the Linux operating system and other open source software, and provide a support and social network for local users.