The meeting on the 29th gave a chance to look to both the past and the future. See Andrea’s post for the pre-meeting agenda.
Quite a lot of things came out of the meeting, and if thoughts, suggestions and ideas are to be taken forward then people are welcome to get cracking on them.
Attached we have John’s presentation that was amended as the meeting progressed and a PDF of the post-it comments that people made. (svg file also available - please contact us if you want it.).
Second Birthday Presentation (PDF 1.9MB)
Some of the things in the PDF’s are reproduced below. There was discussion on some of the points below, but if anyone would like to follow some of them through (RB may be mounting a coup if anyone is interested!), then posting here, the forum or the mailing list would be good.
Runs without a committee/bureaucracy
Diverse membership and participation
Wide range of topics covered
Opportunities for smaller groups to do own thing
It’s cheap, it’s regular
Truly interesting people, no pretentiousness
Like the talks, different perspectives
Cake is good/more talks
More talks/more guests/more show and tell/more competitions
Haven’t taken over the world yet
Do we want a plan for world domination or are we happy as a clique of awesome friends?
This pen is rubbish
Are we running out of ideas for talks?
Lack of local business support/awareness
Less postit notes
Temperature of room
Talks too webtech, rather than Linux based
Lack of collaborative work
New dictator RB
Unified agreed method of communication
Ways of inducting newcomers into the group
Regular monthly meeting a useful anchor
No reason not to have lots of different meetings to suit different interests
Would only attend occasional ones beyond monthly meeting because of other commitments
Happy to contribute to/participate in tutorials/workshops
Regular monthly meeting plus mid monthly meeting for other talks/projects
A way to reimburse external speakers’ costs and to invite more
People say what they have been doing in past month, what OS they favour and why
Talks split into talks and demos
More external speakers