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>AUUG–The Organisation for Unix, Linux and Open Source Professionals

Volume 1, no. 1 — 9-feb-2006


Welcome to the first issue of the President's Newsletter — a once a month communique from AUUG HQ letting you know what we are up to and how you can get involved in the community of Open Computing professionals.

AUUG 2006

The main thrust of our efforts for this year is the staging of AUUG 2006 — The Conference for Unix, Linux and Open Source Professionals.  Many thanks to Lawrie Brown who has volunteered to be the programme committee chair for this year's conference.  You should have already seen a call for papers and tutorials from Lawrie - please give some thought to presenting at AUUG 2006.  It is good experience, and you will get a free registration to the conference.

The AUUG 2006 web pages are at — in particular a discussion page has been set up to solicit your thoughts on the conference programme at (see below).

This discussion page at has been discontinued.

AUUG is looking for conference sponsors, so if you have any ideas of organisations that may benefit from an involvement with the conference, please send a note to

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The AUUG Portal — Feature Of The Month

You are encouraged to sign in to the AUUG portal at and explore the many features it offers, helping to build a community web site and a valuable information repository.

The portal at has been discontinued in favour of

If you are a paid up AUUG member then you have had a portal login created for you, and your user name is "First.Last" (substitute your name, and note the capital letters).  You can use the "Forgot your password?" link to have your password emailed to you.  Use this login to access the member-only features of the site.

If you are not a full AUUG member you can still participate in the portal community.  Simply become an AUUG Associate Member by clicking the "New user?" link and filling in the form.  You must enter a valid email address.

In any case, if you have trouble logging in to the site, report a problem using the "contact" link (top right of the page), or send an email to

We are in process of moving content from the old web site to the new — you can still access the old web site by choosing the "AUUG Classic" navigation link.

So on to this month's feature — discussion pages…

The portal has the ability to add discussions to any page stored in the site.  At the moment, we are using this to elicit comments on the AUUG 2006 programme (  If you are logged in to the site, you can join the discussion by hitting the "add comment" button, or you can use the various "reply" buttons to follow up existing comments.

If there are pages on the portal that you think should have an attached discussion, please send a note to portal at and we will consider the request.

AUUG Board Elections

Election time is nearly upon us again.  To help make AUUG the organisation you want it to be, please consider running for a position on the AUUG Board.

You can read descriptions of the AUUG Board roles at

Look out for election notices from the Secretary and Returning Officer.

Positions Vacant

AUUG is always on the lookout for volunteer to help with aspects of running the organisation.  Currently we need:

David Purdue