Suncoast Linux Users Group

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SLUG History

SLUG History

September 2010

Bill Davison volunteers for the new Treasurer of SLUG

June 2010

Paul Foster resigned as president, and Dylan Hardison was elected the new president through the SLUG mailing list. At the same time, PUP ( Pinellas Unix People) joined with SLUG.

18 April 2008

Bill Davison volunteers to lead the Tampa meetings, currently held at Hillsborough Community College, taking over for Mario Lombardo.

6 October 2007

Due to lack of attendance, New Port Richey meetings are dropped.

26 June 2007

Due to lack of attendance and inability to find a willing meeting coordinator, Sarasota meetings are dropped.

7 June 2007

Citing falling attendance and lack of meaningful participation, Bill Preece conducted the last Brandon meeting on this date. Bill is thanked for 8+ years of faithfully running this meeting.

16 September 2006

Jonathon Conte again spearheaded Software Freedom Day events at MOSI and Mirta’s Coffee House in Tampa. Over 700 CDs were given away at these highly successful events.

10 September 2005

Software Freedom Day was celebrated at both MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Tampa, and Books A Million in Bradenton. SLUG members organized these events on their own and gave out quite a few Linux CDs.

12 October 2004

Mario Lombardo volunteers to lead the Tampa meetings, currently held at Hillsborough Community College, taking over for Paul Foster.

17 - 18 December 2003

Bill Preece and his helpers again pull off a great tech show, this time the Biz2Expo at the Tampa Convention Center.

November 2003

Due to lingering site outages, the SLUG website is moved to an alternate local hosting service, Networked Knowledge Systems (NKS).

5 January 2003

Two members of SLUG, not content with the policies of SLUG and their treatment by SLUG members, start their own LUG as an alternative to SLUG: FLALUG.

November 2002

A SLUG member (Aaron Steimle) finally starts up a St Petersburg meeting.

17 - 18 October 2001

Our third CTS Expo, held at the Tampa Convention Center. This was barely a month after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, so attendance was off and several exhibitors had backed out of the show. We hosted the Melbourne LUG and IDEAL Corporation in our booth.

10 August 2001

Linux Tenth Anniversary Picnic takes place at Lowry Park in Tampa.

May 2001

SLUG participates in its second CTS Expo, with a 20’x40’ booth and “Linux Pavilion”, this time at the Harborview in Clearwater. This coincided with the launch of Microsoft’s Office XP, and as before, we were the busiest booth at the show. John “Maddog” Hall was a featured speaker, and we had a couple of run- ins with Microsoft people.

For a more complete rundown, check out the CTS Expo.

Sarasota meetings are started.

April 2001

A four day list outage occurs on the Owl River Company list host. After a local company– Networked Knowledge Systems (NKS)– offers to host the lists, they are moved to NKS hosts. The SLUG website continues to reside on an Owl River Company host.

March 2001

Bylaws are amended and “splinter groups” are eliminated. Instead, leaders of meetings other than Tampa and Dunedin meetings become officers of the group. They get a full vote on group matters, and their meetings are announced in the same way Tampa and Dunedin meetings are announced.

Q & A sessions at Tampa and Dunedin meetings are discontinued, as they quickly go out of control and degrade into group discussions.

September 2000

SLUG is asked to man a booth at the Computer and Technology Showcase at the Tampa Convention Center on the 27th and 28th. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Preece, Diana Lenko, Norb Cartagena, Tim Jones, Curt Johnson, Ed Centanni and others, the show is a TREMENDOUS success! Thousands of Linux distros are acquired and passed out. Speakers from Red Hat, Turbo Linux, Andover and others make presentations. This is a sharp contrast to the ITEC show in May of 1999.

SLUG has over 400 members.

August 2000

After one too many flamefests, the SLUG Politics list is inaugurated. The purpose of the list is to defuse sensitive threads and provide an outlet for the more politically active SLUG members.

March 2000

SLUG moves its website and domain name to one of Owl River Company’s hosts. These are the same people who have hosted the lists for almost a year.

January 2000

SLUG survives the Y2K bug (along with everyone else) and acquires a separate List Admin, a new Event Coordinator, and an Expansion Director (Marketing/PR person). Q & A sessions at every meeting are instituted, and presentations are scheduled for most meetings. Paul Braman opts out as Event/Meeting Coordinator.

August 1999

SLUG acquires its own domain name: SuncoastLUG.org! Thanks to Mark Bishop (a SLUG member in absentia) for doing the registration, and Terry Mackintosh for hosting the domain.

Paul Foster and Ed Centanni presented a demonstration of Linux for the Greater Tampa Bay PC Users Group. The presentation was well received, and they were invited back.

SLUG welcomes its three hundredth member!

24 July 1999

Our first big-name presenter appears! Stuart Anderson of Metro Link gave a talk about the Linux Standard Base project.

May 1999

An online dispute between some members and the list sponsor/admin causes the list to go dark one Sunday afternoon. After three days of frantic effort, Russ Herrold of the Central Ohio Linux Users Group (COLUG) volunteers to host the SLUG list. The SLUG Announce list is also inaugurated.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Computer Society, SLUG is invited to participate in the ITEC show at the Tampa Convention Center. But we’re invited too late, and end up with a auditorium under the stairwell, not a booth on the show floor. Traffic is dismal, and overall the effort is wasted.

February 1999

SLUG welcomes its 200th member!

January 1999

SLUG became a GLUE (Groups of Linux Users Everywhere) member, and received a “care package” of goodies from SSC (publishers of Linux Journal and sponsors of GLUE). We also had our first outside presenter, and created the SLUG Lending Library for users to borrow distributions and software between meetings.

December 1998

Henry White, long wishing to pass on the leadership of SLUG to someone else, presided over elections for new officers. Paul M. Foster was elected President, and Paul Braman (our longtime meeting organizer) was elected Vice President for Meetings. The “election” was the quickest in history. “Foster wants to do this and Braman wants to do that. Any objections? Done!”

May 1998

In May of 1998, Bob Kindle negotiated with the Dunedin Public Library to allow us to hold Saturday meetings there. The first was held on the 23rd of May 1998 (Memorial Day weekend). Four SLUGs attended due to the holiday and under- promotion. But since then the number at the Dunedin meetings has been similar to that in Tampa.

December 1997

Martin Randal organized a stable meeting place and site for installfests at Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa on the second Wednesday of each month. We held our first installfest at TJHS on 10 December 1997.

By the end of the 1997, SLUG had 66 members!

October 1997

In October of 1997, based on Ed Centanni’s suggestion, Paul Foster organized the first SLUG meeting at Chili’s in Clearwater. It was a rainy day in late October, the day of the first ever USF homecoming game. Thirteen people showed up. It was noisy and informal, but it was a start.

Soon thereafter, Martin Randal joined the group and offered his services as listmaster; now SLUG had a mailing list!

August 1997

In August 1997, Henry White, Paul Foster, Ed Centanni and a few others were looking for a local Linux group in the Tampa Bay area. Paul put his name up on the GLUE (Groups of Linux Users Everywhere) site, volunteering to start a group if none could be found. Henry sent emails to Paul and just about everyone else he could find about the possibility of starting/finding a group. Thirty-five emails were sent out. Eleven were undeliverable, and seven did not reply. The rest were interested!

Henry volunteered to lead the group. Paul suggested the SLUG name, had his wife come up with a logo, and provided server space for a SLUG website. Henry soon “liberated” a lot of web content from the North Texas Linux Users Group (NTLUG), and this was integrated into the website.

By the end of August 1997, SLUG had twenty members and a full-featured website.


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