Consistent meeting time: first Thursday. Notification if it’s cancelled.
Publicity about meetings & meeting topics:
- Kevin did a good survey of available distros, which was apparently based on appealing to new users. But it seemed like every attendee already had a go-to. How would new users have known about this presentation?
- FOSS is a big category. Who’s the audience for the BLUG meetings? What topics would be appealing? I just read about Mercedes Benz & Automotive Grade Linux; seemed interesting. Containerization. The Open Source Way has wide application beyond technology.
In-person meetings and Meetups are limited geographically. Virtual meetings allow for more dispersed audiences and remote speakers…publicity challenges.
In-person meetings can be threatening to people who are new to technology or Linux. It’s easy to say, “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.”, but it doesn’t feel that way. Virtual meetings can be structured to be less intimidating.
In-person meetings allow for cross talk, simultaneous conversations, moving to have one-on-one chats.
Meeting in person has space for socializing, but there is one presenter, one presentation, usually with some interaction and questions.
Maybe start the virtual meeting with one room and have breakout rooms for different presentations or topics.
Bring LFNW and BLUG back together for monthly installments:
- Presumably LFNW has enough money to get a Zoom subscription.
- Recorded sessions and multiple breakout rooms. The breakout rooms can be recorded with the meeting host entering the rooms to allow recording.
- Announce to the LFNW audience and do a Call for Papers on LFNW social media.
- Figure out a Zoom hallway track. One of the benefits of in-person is interacting with people periodically. Lot better than sitting at home freaking out about THE DELTA VARIANT!