The Melbourne Linux Users Group, Inc. is an origanization created to support the local Linux users in our area. We have been operating since the later part of 1998. We hold weekly meetings and Install parties to better support our members as they gather proficiency using Linux and other open source applications.
There are real benefits to belonging to this organization both as
and individual and a sponsor company. Linux is a fast growing
phenomenon that is leading many companies to rethink their long
term information technology strategy. By learning about Linux
now and becoming apart of our organization, you are positioning
yourself to take advantage of the anticipated demand for talented
administrators and solution providers.
So why would someone want to join this group? The best answer is that
learning about Linux fun and challenging. Our group is a way to
explore other ways to use and experience a computer. We support
our members technically and provide a foundation that makes taking
technical risks with your computer less risky. If you have always
wanted to try Linux but have been afraid of getting in over your head,
this group is for you.
We also offer other tangible benefits for Linux enthusiasts. One is
an email address with 'Linux' in it. Any member can request an email
forwarding address at the 'mlinux.org' domain. Members are also
given access to the groups high speed Internet connections. Many
software products available for free on the Internet are quite large.
When we have Install Party's, members can request specific software
and our team will make every effort to get the software and have it
available to burn on CD's. This includes software like the latest releases
of the various Linux distributions Debian, Caldera, Mandrake and Red
Hat, and like the software applications Star Office, Applixware, KOffice or
You get access to world class technical support from people who
do Linux and Unix administration for a living. These people
volunteer to help other people learn and get past difficult
problems. They won't do the work for you, but they will advise and
offer references to technical documentation and other resources
to help you solve problems.
Last but certainly not least, this group is committed to put together
seminars, lectures, classes and technology demonstrations. The public
will be allowed to participate, but members get first opportunity to
sign up for classes and other limited seating events. One aspect
of this are training classes specifically to prepare for the recently
announced Linux certification tests being offered by Sylvan Prometrics
and compiled by the distribution independent
& GNU Certification.
Businesses can also benefit by sponsoring events and group activities.
This doesn't apply to technology companies alone; any business can
participate. Our membership is a diverse group but we are generally
affluent and educated. Our group also has plans to become the primary
Linux resource for Brevard County. This will attract more members and
attention from the media as well.
Addtionally, Linux has real value for business. There are reports and
press releases every day about new hardware and software companies
developing Linux based solutions. The measurable advantage to a business
is the low-cost and high quality of the software and the lower cost
of hardware when compared to competing solutions. Businesses are
also seeing that reliability and stability are more important in
the long run than flashy marketing.
By sponsoring our group we allow you to advertise at events and on
this page. We will also have job services to allow businesses
interested in using Linux the ability to find qualified staff to
hire. Businesses that do not need full time information systems
staff will be able to find consultants who are ready to support you.
Linux is expected to continue the market growth that was charted last
year. Many companies and consultants will be scrambling to learn about
and offer Linux-based solutions. Members of our group have been
using Linux since Linus made his original post to Usenet in 1991.
Others have been involved since 1994 when the first distributions
really firmed up. There is no other organzation that is positioned
to offer this kind of open community and helpful advice. When the time
comes to buy a solution, you should consider looking here for the
definative list of companies in Brevard County to sell it to you.
Keep an eye on us. We are going places.
Last Updated Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 08:14 PM EDT