Linux User Group - My Journey's End
This semester I close my membership as the former president. Today was my last LUG meeting. It was a quiet meeting – as one of our senior was leading an impromptu tutorial for two new members I hadn’t met. They asked me if I were the original. I said yeah. I founded and served the group as the elected president for one year and a half. We began in 2014 as a small informal group and now have grown passed 30 or 40 members. Because of the nature of Linux, few of our members register. However, the group itself is much more organized and focused on Linux-specific advocation and education today.
The group served primarily as a learning hub for the two years I frequented. In the first few meetings, we mostly talked about Linux and its higher levels as most of our members had already used Linux extensively. Later into our second year, a junior member worked his way up to senior and has been running tutorials at large, attracting many new users and members. I’m proud of him.
While leading the group, I applied to lab space. We were given office space instead, and we shared the space with three other groups. The anime club, game makers, and the secular alliance. We were dubbed the geek office and held committee meetings to avoid conflict. While anime and game makers kept to themselves and didn’t conflict with our schedule or organization, secular would constantly find ways of throwing some sort of protest. They will leave at the close of this year.
Later a new member joined our ranks. He began petitioning the computer department to give us server room and more lab space. Today, we have the first open-source lab in the state. Our organization owns many laptops from local school districts. And soon we’ll have a server in its own room.
It’s weird to leave an organization I once thought about continuously – as I had to sign forms, meet prospective advisors, talk about our organization to all sorts of people. We were once perceived as a gaming club. I worked hard to change that perception and to give a space to people who wanted to lead the organization into new directions. Now we have that space. Our members are spreading into so many fields – hardware, networking, security, application design, programming, and open-source collaboration. I believe our group is the most intellectual on campus. And I’m proud to have been part of it.
As I leave the open-source lab, head towards home – I hope that LUG can continue to be a place for people to discuss Linux and technology. I believe every member who participates has a good chance at doing some cool things with tech. And I’m glad our campus finally has a space to explore it.