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The Linux Users of Victoria user group will hold a mini-conference, installfest and set up its third regional chapter on October 29, according to LUV president Lev Lafayette.


The new chapter will be in Shepparton and the event will be held at 23 Alexandra Street, Mooroopna, a community house facility, at 11am.

Lafayette said the chapters - the other two are in Geelong and Ballarat - functioned as full-fledged user groups, "but see themselves as chapters and we see them as chapters. We do whatever we can to help them out".

There will be a few talks on some basic aspects of GNU/Linux and the free software movement. Lafayette said in a notice posted to the LUV mailing list that the topics would be "Moving to free software" and "Office applications."

Those who wish to participate should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 58251774. Lunch will be provided.

Asked how many people in Shepparton would be interested in a group catering to GNU/Linux, Lafayette said: "Apparently quite a few! I was approached by a couple of locals and within a fortnight they mentioned that they had about 15 people turning up. I suspect we'll have even more on the day.

He said setting up local groups, both in the suburbs and in the regional towns was part of LUV's strategic plan.

"Linux is best promoted as a community activity, both in the development of the technology and in terms of a social outlook; freedom, openness and community. This is just part of the process."

 

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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