Donal Hunt wrote:
> [...] a lack of Linux training available in the Cork area.
Does anyone have any measure of demand for this?
And are we talking about domestic/casual/hobby Linux knowledge
or server/admin/certification level?
> A quick search indicates the following training available:
> [...] a few euros shy of €2000.
It takes a great deal of work to write, test, and implement a training
course from scratch. A common measure is that an hour of class takes a
month of preparation the first time round, but obviously this reduces
hugely if you run the same class again and again. Nevertheless the
investment in time is significant. I vaguely recall having heard that
another LUG (Finland? Germany?) wrote a series of courses (in English)
which were being made available under the GDL, but that was a long time ago.
> 2 of the 3 courses have the possibility of being 70% subsidised by FÁS.
This requires a formal methodology, a properly-written plan and
schedule, with objectives, goals, and performance measurement; and it
requires annual renewal and a fee up front.
> There seemed to be some positivity about meeting up more frequently
> and talking about Linux related topics...
One solution might be to hold informal classes in the form of CLUG
evening meetings, but it would need some kind of classroom situation to
make it work, and that means sponsorship or payment. And they'd still
need some kind of planning or structuring.
> One of the promises I made myself when I moved to Cork, was that I
> would get involved in local IT groups so I can keep my skills honed
> and contribute to the local scene... So far it seems quiet (but then
> I have been living in the big smoke for too long).
New blood is always welcome (now where did I put my sacrifice flint? :-)
> Update and maintain the CLUG website (the last update appears to be
> from 2004!). Does anyone have the details for the site / who
> maintains it?
Did I misunderstand things some years ago; that the [Dublin] LUG had a
political problem with there being a Cork list and CLUG hanging out on
"their" site? Actually finding the Cork list and details is quite hard.
> Have regular meetups (social, technical, Q&A, visiting speaker, etc).
> This works really well for the SAGE IE group in Dublin and the talks
> have been good.
Who pays for the room? Or is it sponsored?
> The Q&A sessions could potentially help some of the newer linux users
> get up and running and allow us to create links with the UCC Netsoc
> which appears to be somewhat active (but lacking a website)...
They've been on and off over the years. They can have free webspace for
the asking any time they want (mail me) but there seems to be some
political dispute as to whether they ought to be colocated in the CS
Dept, or free of the CS Dept.
> The mailing list appears to be working well in the short time I've
> been subscribed (I apologise for increasing the emails/day ratio
> above 1).
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