Tips on getting the word out

  • Have a webpage. A webpage is a commitment free way to research a LUG (or anything). Potential members don't need to join a mailing list, or email anyone if they can read a webpage. Noone knows they looked at the webpage. There's a lower barrier to getting information.
  • Keep the webpage up-to-date.
  • It is possible to get linuxchix.org subdomains (such as sydney.linuxchix.org). These give a short, easy to remember domain, and are easy to redelegate if leadership of the chapter changes. Contact us for more information.
  • When listing meeting dates, include the year of the meeting. It is frustrating to go to a site and not know if the meeting listed for July 15th is coming up in a few days, or was July 15th 2000. Keeping a "last updated on " tag at the bottom of your pages can assist with this as well.
  • Actively advertise outside LinuxChix. The lists are high volume and some local LinuxChix may not be on them for that reason.
  • In particular, advertise to your local LUG. You may catch some flames for having a female group, or a group aimed at females but you have the chance of reaching interested women. You may also want to refer them to the Linuxchix Issues FAQ.
  • When starting up, or running events of particular interest such as conferences or installfests, issue press releases to your local tech media outlets.
  • If there are nation-wide linux lists in your country advertise there too. (Mention that people from other areas might like to start their own chapter - ask them to subscribe to the chapters list if they want to do that.) Advertise at local universities and schools (some universities have a women in computing or other similar groups).
  • There are also some activist groups (anti-capitalism groups are often anti-Microsoft) who are using Linux, and have large numbers of women involved. These people will not be in LUGs. Neither will many professionals, particularly with a bit of experience. If you can reach them through professional mailing lists or contacts, that is awesome.
  • Register yourself with lists of LUGs:
  • Optionally, register yourself with Linux-friendly vendors: