Linux & FOSS for the U3A community


U3A-LUG Aims and Objectives

  1. To increase awareness of the Linux operating system and FOSS in the U3A worldwide and to promote its use;

  2. To provide support to Linux and FOSS users within the U3A;

  3. To encourage the formation of Linux/FOSS groups within local U3As and to provide a forum for them to communicate and collaborate with each other.

Code of Conduct

The spirit of the sharing and cooperation is at the heart of the open source movement. In the Free Software world, volunteers collaborate freely to build and support software for everyone’s benefit. Linux users, such as ourselves, benefit from their efforts. We intend to freely share knowledge and spread understanding with each other and the whole U3A community. In addition we can provide support, feedback and suggestions to the volunteer creators of the software we use.

This collaboration depends on good relationships. To this end, we’ve agreed a code of conduct to help define the ways that we think collaboration and cooperation should work.

This Code of Conduct covers our behaviour, as members of the U3A-LUG, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel, install-fest, public meeting or private correspondence.

  • Be considerate. Our work will be used by other people, and we in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision we take will affect users and colleagues, and we should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Even if it’s not obvious at the time, our contributions to U3A-LUG will impact the work of others.

  • Be respectful. The U3A community and its members treat one another with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to U3A-LUG. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour or poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We expect members of the U3A-LUG to be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside the U3A.

  • Be collaborative. Collaboration is central to U3A-LUG and to the larger free software community. This collaboration involves individuals working with others within U3A-LUG and individuals and teams within U3A-LUG working with people outside. This collaboration reduces redundancy, and improves the quality of our work. Internally and externally, we should always be open to collaboration. Wherever possible, we should work closely with others in the free software community to coordinate our technical, advocacy, documentation, and other work. Our work should be done transparently and we should involve as many interested parties as early as possible. If we decide to take a different approach than others, we will let them know early, document our work and inform others regularly of our progress.

  • When we disagree, we consult others. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and the U3A-LUG is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively and with the help of the community and community processes.

  • When we are unsure, we ask for help. Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the U3A community. Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked questions should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum.

  • Step down considerately. Members of every organisation come and go and U3A is no different. When somebody leaves or disengages from the LUG, in whole or in part, we ask that they do so in a way that minimises disruption. This means they should tell people they are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where they left off.

We want to build a productive, happy and agile community that can welcome new ideas in a complex field and foster collaboration between groups with very different needs, interests and goals.

Mailing lists and web forums are an important part of the U3A-LUG platform. This code of conduct applies very much to behaviour in those forums too. Please follow these guidelines in addition to the general code of conduct:

  • Please use a valid email address to which direct responses can be made.

  • Please avoid flame-wars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments.