For those of you planning on attending next meeting, please think about some topics you'd like to see discussed.
I'd like for you all that attend the meetings to start thinking about teaching those in attendance instead of it always being me. I think you'll find that, as you research what you'd like to share, you'll end up learning a lot more about the topic than you would if you just sat back and listened to someone else talk about it. So, pick anything you'd like to tell folks about and bring your laptop to the next meeting so we can all be enlightened.
When thinking about topics you'd like to discuss, please think about your target audience - as in, whether you'd consider the information to be beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc. Something I've found that helps solidify the knowledge I'm imparting is to display the man page (if one exists), then provide a real-world example of how it might be used.
I've been thinking of creating a more outlined approach to the meeting where time slots have consistency regarding level of difficulty, i.e. first 30 minutes will be beginner-level stuff such as basic Linux commands, getting around in Linux, etc. Then, perhaps a 10-minute Q&A followup. Then an intermediate/advanced 30-minute session with the same 10-minute followup.
I'd also like to bring up the possibility of an Installfest where hardware is brought in such as an older laptop/desktop from each individual or at least one that can be hooked up to a monitor that's large enough where everyone can see and then discuss how a Linux install happens.
Lastly, if you haven't been already, please spread the good word about the LUG. I'm sure there are plenty of techie folks in Huntsville that simply may not be aware of our meetings. I'll be posting up a flyer I've used in the past to try and spread the word. I've made copies in the past and spread them around town - where I decide to go to lunch or hang out. Basically, places I think that like-minded folks would hang out like book stores, internet cafes, restaurants close to Research Park, etc. I've included a notification within Craigslist under Community and Computers to try and get more to attend, but if any of you have anything that would create additional visibility, please do so.
Hope to see you all there at the next meeting!