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The technical book publishers give us review copies of books to give away at the monthly meetings, and expect reviews for the bargain. As an incentive to encourage more book reviews, the first pick during the raffle always goes to someone who’s done a review, at random. After that, everyone at the meeting is eligible, and we pull tickets out of a hat to get winners.
Sometimes, we’ll have other things besides books to give away — tshirts, CDs, posters or other things.
The Boulder/Denver area has many resources for job- and head-hunters. If we were to accept job announcements or resumes on our email lists, real discussion would be drowned out by job-related postings, so we much prefer that you send such postings elsewhere.
The Rocky Mountain Internet User Group has a jobs list which is a more appropriate forum.
We really try to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high on our mailing lists. Please send your announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org and it may or may not be sent on to the announcement list. You can increase the chances of it getting posted by making your announcement related to Linux, locally significant, and written in such a way to attract the attention of technically-minded (rather than business-minded) users. Product announcements and job offers will generally be ignored, whereas conferences, academic, or research-related announcements are more likely to be acceptable.
First, I recommend that you try the system out, so you become more familiar with it. This can be done without permanent changes to your computer by using Knoppix. You can either download and burn it to a CD using your existing system, or arrange for someone to bring you a CD at a monthly meeting or Hacking Society. If your computer can boot from CDs, just boot from the Knoppix CD; it won’t disturb your existing system unless you tell it to.
Once you’ve decided to take the plunge and install a Linux distribution on your computer, you’ll want to decide which distribution to use. There’s no single answer to which one is right for you—you may want to experiment with several or talk with some of us about what you need most from your system, in order to decide.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Google, or don’t know how to phrase your search, try asking on our mailing lists. Please try to provide enough information in your post for us to help you; if you’re seeing specific errors, it’s always good to include them in your post.
IRC is Internet Relay Chat, a chat system that predates most of the modern “instant messenging” chat systems. Many websites are available that can introduce you to IRC; this is just one.