The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD)
is a 501(c)7 not-for-proift, founded in 1999.
Our goals include advocating Linux and other Free and Open Source
Software in the local community, educating and supporting each other,
and providing a local social network of people interested in Linux and
Since its inception, our group has remained very active, holding both
general meetings and social gatherings each month
and running Installfest workshops. We can also sometimes
be found exhibiting at local technical
conferences and other events.
By speaking at LUGOD, you'll have the opportunity to present to a
diverse group of individuals, including students
and faculty from UC Davis,
IT professionals from around the state capitol, and, of course, hobbiests.
LUGOD does its best to cater to all technical levels of our membership.
We gauge meeting topics, and provide mailing lists
for both general Linux discussion as
well as more technical topics.
Our group actively promotes
our meetings in the community, and at the same time keeps our own
membership informed about the
activities of our neighbor user groups
We also keep records
and photographs of our previous meetings, and an
archive of our speakers' presentation notes.
Our group's typical attendance is anywhere between 10 and 80, depending
on the topic and the time of year.
LUGOD typically meets at the Davis Public
Library, though sometimes we meet on the UC Davis campus
Davis Public Library's facilities include
a projection system, Internet access, and the capacity for
a large audience. Other venues we may meet at have different features;
however LUGOD does have our own XGA- and S-Video-capable projector.
When: LUGOD holds general meetings on the
third Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted.
We keep a list of upcoming meetings,
where we list both confirmed and tentatively-booked speakers.
Meetings run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We begin meetings with
introductions/roll-call, and club business. Presentations usually begin
If you would like to speak at LUGOD, contact our Public Relations
(Depending on the topic and the general membership's interest, we
What we need:
To best promote your presentation, and to let
our membership know what to expect from your visit, we'll need:
- Your name, organization or project you'll be representing, and
your position, if applicable
- A short title describing your talk
(e.g., "History of the foo Project")
- A summary blurb, describing your talk. Feel free to define terms
or describe products, as you see fit. URLs are welcome.
- Your biographical information is always helpful.
- The general technical level of your talk. (Not technical at all?
Extremely technical? See our 'geek-o-meter
page' for an idea of the ratings we normally use.)
- What will you need from us? (A projector is assumed. Will you need
a computer? Internet access? A television?)
Give-aways: You are welcome to bring give-aways ("swag"),
flyers, pamphlets and handouts. Unless you or we think the meeting will
have a larger-than-usual attendance, 25-30 of each item is plenty.
(We can keep the rest to give away at later meetings, other events,
or to pass along to other LUGs.)
Raffles: If you plan to raffle items, let us know so we
can hand out raffle tickets. If you have some other way of giving away
items (such as a quiz), please let us know ahead of time so we can make
sure it's appropriate for our venue, and so we can plan ahead!
Food: It costs money to have food at our regular location
(at the Davis Library), so we typically do not bring any. If you'd
like to supply food to our audience, that would be great! Just let us know
ahead of time so we can (1) make sure we can afford to pay extra for
the room, and (2) announce it! (Free food is known to increase
Anything Else? If you have any other questions or comments,
feel free to let us know when we arrange your visit. (If you've simply got
some suggestions on how to improve this document, let the