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Linux user groups

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1 PURPOSE:
This section provides a map and list of LUGs in the UK, as well as links to LUG listings overseas. The overseas LUG reports and UK news are to be interesting reading as well as give readers an idea of what LUGs are like and perhaps get inspiration for their own local LUG. The section is part of the Linux Format philosophy, as outlined on the Welcome page, to promote the use of Linux and support the open source community.

2 WORD COUNT:
Overseas LUG Of The Month: 250 words plus two images.
UK LUG News: 200 words plus one image.

3 LAYOUT:
If there's anything you need to point out to design and production staff, label it ///DESIGN NOTE/// and put it IN CAPS at the beginning of the text in square brackets, or at the relevant point in the body if it refers to something like an annotated pic or flow diagram.

4 PICTURES AND BOXES:
Please crop all images yourself before submitting them, unless you mark otherwise.

Please provide colour photographs for Overseas LUG Of The Month and UK LUG News. We can also show a high-resolution, colour version of a LUG's logo/mascot if you can get hold of it.
It is nice to vary images, so consider providing an image of a place, building or city to show where the LUG is based to go alongside people photos or indoor shots, for example.
Please make it clear if any of the images you submit need to be credited to an individual or organisation.

  • Note that many LUG reporters will send in their own photographs, so check with a designer before going ahead if you are unsure of the quality, sharpness or brightness of their photos. Images should be colour, and 250 DPI. Screengrabs are best sent in PNG format.


5 STRUCTURE:

///TOP BAR///
Linux user groups

///TITLE///
User groups

///STANDFIRST///
Linux user groups explore new software, help with problems and share a passion for open source. Join a mailing list to get started.

///LIST OF LUGS///
Please make a note of any updates to this list; otherwise it stays the same in the InDesign file from month to month.
///END LIST///

///OVERSEAS BOX///
///TITLE///
Overseas LUG of the month: xxx xxx
Where xxx xxx is the place name of the group. Keep any indiosyncrasies in the name, such as 'Southwest' when we say 'South West', or '&' instead of 'and'.

///AUTHOR///
Xxxx xxx writes:
Where Xxxx xxx is the name of the LUG member who wrote the report.

///BODY///
Please add report here.

///GROUP URL///
Please add it if the writer hasn't mentioned the URL in the flowing copy.

///IMAGE///
yourfilename_number.png

///CAPTION///
About 10 words.

///END OVERSEAS BOX///

///UK BOX///
///TITLE///
UK LUG news: xxx xxx
Where xxx xxx is a headline such as 'Greater London's summer expedition'.
If the news is about two or more groups, modify the headline so it is more of a list eg 'Kent installfest, York relaunch'.

///AUTHOR/// [if the news wasn't written by an LXF writer]
Xxxx xxx writes:
Where Xxxx xxx is the name of the LUG member who wrote the report.

///BODY///
Please add news here.

///IMAGE///
yourfilename_number.png

///CAPTION///
About 10 words.

///END UK BOX///

///GET ON THE MAP BOX///
[This shouldn't change on the InDesign document from month to month.]
To promote your LUG in our UK news section, nominate a group for Overseas LUG Of The Month or update details, write to LUGS! Linux Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW, England or email lxf.lugs@futurenet. co.uk. We�ll need at least six weeks� notice of events. www.lug.org.uk has more information.
///END GET ON THE MAP BOX///

///END LINUX USER GROUPS///

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