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Success for Ubuntu, Open Source and Linux!
Last Thursday 10th March, there was a revolution in the small town of Buchan, Victoria. With a community of around 200 people, the Neighbourhood Centre's main room was almost overflowing. We held an Open Source/Linux session with 13 participants (8 m & 5 f), 2 being unable to attend. A great turnout for the Open Source/Linux movement.
Firstly, Jordi held a presentation on the history of Open Source and who uses it. After morning tea, Robyn gave a presentation on Linux, including what Linux is, where you can find Linux and who uses it and the benefits of switching. Shown were examples of some the devices running Linux highlighting the VAST decoder, the latest satellite free TV service being implemented in the area. The information seemed mind blowing for some being that it is free, community driven not Corporate, more secure and not troubled by virus/malware problems. Jordi then gave a talk on cross platform Open Source programs and the benefits of using them on a Windows PC. We finished off running through the installation process, installing one notebooks USB drive with Linux and giving away 8 Ubuntu 10.10 CDs, there were a few people impressed with the dual boot option.
Over a shared lunch there was much discussion flowing with more considering migration over to Linux.
Robyn held a follow up session the next week with 3 participants wanting help with migration to Ubuntu and troubleshooting their computer problems.
These very successful events have shown there is a need to distribute the knowledge that there is an alternate OS to the mainstream. It has also led to the possible formation of a Computer Users Group for the town of Buchan, a much needed resource to disseminate computer information for average end user.
Karma Teml and Robyn Cummings.