With over 200 members CovLUG is an active, friendly, fun and sociable group of people with an interest in Open Source software, hardware and operating systems - such as Linux - and is part of a vibrant local and international community.
Come and join us - we welcome you as novice, expert, home, academic or professional user to benefit from on-line help, advice and discussion via our active mailing lists.
The group is run on a voluntary basis by its members and thus depends on its members to organise ad-hock meetings and events for things to happen. If you would like to give a presentation to the group, suggest a talk or arrange a social or technical meet up of the local geeks, please join our mailing lists and post a message.
CovLUG was formed in August 2001, had its first meeting in May 2002 and we've had regular meetings ever since then.
First Thursday of every month from 7pm at:
The Castle Grounds (formerly The Castle and formerly The Varsity)
Little Park Street,
Coventry city centre
See location on map: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.40668&mlon=-1.50862#map=18/52.40668/-1.50862
Talks and technical presentations are gratefully received, don't wait to be asked, just offer!
The IRC network the channel is registered on is Freenode (http://freenode.net) and the channel name is #covlug (the # at the front is part of the channel name).
The membership of the group is diverse; we include people using Open Source at work in a professional capacity, as well as those who enjoy using their favourite OS as a hobby. The levels of experience range from beginner to expert. If you are an Open Source user or just interested in learning more about Linux or Open Source software, hardware or projects you're welcome to join the group.
Our interests are much broader than the name of the group may suggest:
The primary interest of the group is the Linux Operating System and derivatives, Android is also a Linux system, but members interests also cover BSD variants, Haiku, ReactOS, RiscOS Open and the less open systems of Apple Mac OSX and unix products such as Solaris/OpenIndiana & Irix.
With the many thousands of OSS projects there is plenty to interest members. Interests also cover open source programming languages such as Julia, Python, Octave, R and web programming, development and mobile apps.
There are open source hardware interests too such as the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the multitude of projects that can be created with them. There is even a mobile phone project, Openmoko and a tablet computer WeTab.
Perhaps the most famous 'open project' is OpenStreetMap.org and there are a multitude of others.
Of course, there are always discussions on all aspects of Free and Open Source projects.
We are part of a lively, active and growing open source community throughout the Midlands, here are some local groups:
And some national and international groups of related interest:
There are several local conference style meetings throughout the year.
Membership of CovLUG offers you discount on O'Reilly technical books and references, or you may get a free book if you are willing to write a review of it for O'Reilly.