David C welcomed people to the meeting noting that people continue to sign up; there are now about 30 people on the list. The monthly meeting on a Wednesday had ten people at its last meeting; the Friday pub meeting had six.
The group now has an irc channel, a wiki, a website, a members page and a Facebook group through which people can communicate.
Bradford College, which owns the building, has asked for £56 to hire the room; various alternatives were discussed including affiliating to the university students’ union, making a link with lifelong learning, finding a room at a public library and finding a room at a pub.
Among the themes and topics for the group are:
covering both newbie and expert interests
spreading Linux: the possibility of holding an installfest/demonstration of how to install Linux was discussed
what we were promoting: free software? Linux? open source applications? Distributions used by members include Ubuntu (most), openSUSE, Debian, Slackware and Gentoo
lobbying, for example, the Council about the use of open source though this was not seen as an immediate priority
supporting businesses: some members have had discussions about developing an organisation to support local businesses using Linux; this would be a separate entity but would look to draw on expertise within the Group.
There was an interesting discussion on the value of GPG keys; it was agreed that this should be a topic for a future meeting.