The Houston Linux Users Group is a user-centered group of Linux users who share their opinions, thoughts and news. Established in 1995, the Houston Linux Users Group is one of the largest user-centered groups of Linux users in the world. With more than 22 years of computing experience, the group has continually adapted to the changing needs of the computing world. One of the largest user centered computer groups in Houston, The Houston Linux Users Group is meeting every week for the last two years.
In keeping with their user-centric approach, members of the Houston Linux Users Group meet on a regular basis to discuss all aspects of using, maintaining, building and expanding the Linux community in Houston and throughout the United States. Regularly meeting on a regular basis, these groups also play host to many conferences that cover a wide variety of topics on different areas of interest to the Houston Linux Users Group. Many of these events also serve as “get together” sessions where individuals who are not familiar with or not comfortable using Linux can get to know other members of the group.
To keep the meetings fresh and informative, most of the Houston Linux Users Group meets on Tuesday, at local universities or community centers. At the same time, a second meeting called the Houston Linux Users Group meeting is held every Tuesday night, at local hotels. (The first meeting usually happens on a weekday evening, before business hours, and the second one occurs after business hours on the second Tuesday evening.) There are usually about 25 people at each meeting, although it varies depending on the size of the local user group and the number of attendees at the hotel meeting. These two meetings are held at seven-week cycles.
There are some special occasions when you may want to bring a guest to one of these meetings. If you are organizing a meet up that requires someone to be there on a specific day (such as the second Thursday of every 7th week), you may want them to be able to attend one of the meets, especially if you have a lot of attendees at your Houston Linux Users Group meeting. For example, if you are planning a large group get together, you will want to invite everyone up for the second meeting (assuming you have enough rooms available). Or if you are planning a surprise party for someone, you will probably want to invite them to one of your meets on a specific day and time. Otherwise, they would feel out of luck if they were to show up uninvited.
The third and final meeting of your Houston Linux Users Group is called “Storage Networking User Group: Novell Net Meeting.” This meeting usually takes place on the last Wednesday of every month, at the Washington Hilton in Houston. It is called “Storage Networking User Group: Novell Net Meetings,” because this is the main topic of discussion at the meeting. This is a great meeting to bring up new user issues or just to chat about the current situation with storage networking users. This meeting is also good for getting ideas for future meetings, or just for having people to chat with. It is also good for networking, as well as interacting with other groups who might be interested in Linux.
If you are new to Houston Linux Users Group, the second Thursdays usually mean that there will be a meeting on the first Thursday. If you are not familiar with how this works, it goes something like this: the meeting begins at 8am, and the meeting will end by 1pm. It is very similar to what a USENET meeting goes through, where everyone shares their personal e-mail address and names, and has instant messaging installed on their computers.
If you are thinking of becoming involved with Houston Linux Users Group, you are probably wondering what is required of you. A few things are needed for any Houston Linux Users Group meeting to be successful. For starters, you need an internet connection. You should have a good phone connection too, preferably high speed. In addition, some basic computer skills would be nice, so you can handle some of the technical aspects of getting your group set up.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in meeting with people in a diverse group of people to consider contributing to Houston Linux Users Group. The meetings are often fun, and the members are knowledgeable and helpful. Plus, you get to learn about Houston University as well! The meeting is sponsored by the College of Engineering and sponsored in part by the department of technology.