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8. About this document

8.1 Terms of use

Copyright (c) 1997 by Kendall Grant Clark. This document may be distributed under the terms set forth in the LDP license at

8.2 New versions

New versions of the Linux User Group HOWTO will be periodically uploaded to various Linux WWW and FTP sites, principally my homepage and the Linux Documentation Project

8.3 Please contribute to this HOWTO

I welcome questions about and feedback on this document. Please send them to me at I am especially interested in hearing from leaders of LUGs from around the world. I would like to include real-life examples of the things described here. I would also like to include a section on LUGs outside the United States, since this HOWTO as it stands now is rather US-centric. Please let me know if your group does things that should be mentioned in this HOWTO.

8.4 Document history

  • 1.0 released on 13 July 1997
  • 1.1: expanded online resources section
  • 1.3: added LUG Support Organizations and expanded the Legal and Organizational Issues section
  • 1.3.1: general editing for clarity and conciseness
  • 1.4: general editing, added new LUG resources
  • 1.4.1: general editing for clarity
  • 1.5: added some resources, some discussion of LUG documentation, also general editing
  • 1.5.1: changed Web location for this document and author's email address.
  • 1.5.2: new copyright and license
  • 1.5.3: miscellaneous edits and minor re-organizations
  • 1.6: added Chris Browne's material: Linux philanthropic donations and LUG political considerations
  • 1.6.1: very minor additions
  • 1.6.2: minor corrections

8.5 Acknowledgements

I want to thank all the great people I've met and worked with during the time I've served as President of the North Texas Linux Users Group. They helped inspire me to use Linux full-time. The best thing about Linux really is the people you meet.

I especially want to thank Chris Browne for describing the situation with non-profit and charitable groups in Canada, his thoughts on financial donations as a way to participate in Linux and the free software movement, and his ideas about the kinds of political issues that may arise within LUGs.

In addition, the following people have made helpful comments and suggestions:

  • Hugo van der Kooij
  • Greg Hankins
  • Charles Lindahl
  • Rick Moen
  • Jeff Garvas
  • James Hertzler

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