[plug] Linux training for ...

Onno Benschop onno at itmaze.com.au
Sun Dec 13 07:33:54 UTC 2015

I've received a few private emails on addition to those here on the list.

Thank you to all who responded.

To be clear, I'm not looking to make this a Linux vs the world affair.
People don't respond well to being told that their choice of computing
solution is crap and that their investment into the Microsoft ecosystem
might have been better spent.

So what is it that I'm attempting to discover and discuss?

I'd like to change the perception that Linux is something that you need to
learn, that you need perceived advanced skills, that you need to be a geek
to use it, that it's a special niche solution and that it's difficult.

It's true that for years it's been hard work using Linux, but today Android
phones are everywhere and people are unknowingly using Linux by doing so.
This is a good thing.

People don't buy an OS X machine vs a Windows machine, they get what their
friends have or what the software they're familiar with runs on. They get
what's available at the shop and sold to them by the guy in the store.

Businesses increasingly are becoming aware of the hidden cost of computing,
forced upgrades virus infections, forced reboots, built in hardware
obsolescence and I personally think this is a great place to start.

I'm not interested in Bash vs csh or Gnome vs KDE, Debian vs RedHat
conversations, rather I'd like to explore how we, PLUG, as a community
might go about introducing some of the aspects of Linux and Open Source to
the business community.

Perhaps this takes the form of presentations to ROTARY, the local BEC,
Chambers of Commerce or some other avenue. Perhaps it's a run your business
more effectively podcast out some other thing.

Ideas, comments or feedback?
finger painting on glass is an inexact art - apologies for any errors in
this scra^Hibble

()/)/)() ..ASCII for Onno..
On Dec 8, 2015 09:00, "Onno Benschop" <onno at itmaze.com.au> wrote:

> Good morning,
> I'm on day two of the Pawsey Supercomputer training and loving it. Thanks
> for publishing it here!
> During the course it occurred to me that there must be some face to face
> training around to learn about Linux.
> I also wondered if there was anything for small business specifically, so
> they might reap the rewards associated with Linux and Open Source.
> Similarly, I'm guessing that there is opportunity for education for
> students.
> Do such things exist in Perth or is this an opportunity for PLUG to get
> some publicity, outreach and generate income?
> I'm also in the middle of publishing a lot of podcasts and wonder if there
> is interest in me interviewing members and/or the OSS community for the
> same publicity, outreach and income purposes.
> If you're interested, I'm about to put my LCA2014 interviews up as a
> podcast - as soon as I've processed the meta data. Some Amateur Radio ones
> are already up: http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/
> Would love to hear what people think about this.
> --
> finger painting on glass is an inexact art - apologies for any errors in
> this scra^Hibble
> ()/)/)() ..ASCII for Onno..
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