[SATLUG] Re: SATLUG Small Business Open Source Fest

Jeffery Sullivan jdsullivan at wisdom-seekers.com
Thu Sep 15 13:22:21 CDT 2011

Hi Nathan, 

It's been a little while since I've made it to a meeting, but I'm very interested in helping with this project as much as I can. I know that a friend and colleague is working to get permission and space on one of the local college campuses and I would like to offer myself as a presenter. 

I am a small business owner (sole proprietor) and run my office almost completely Open Source. I can talk about how I made that decision, making the transition, working with clients that use other OS's, and the challenges and rewards of running open source. I can also talk about using open source on other platforms using tools like PortableApps, which I've used quite a bit. 

Please get with me off list and I'll get you my contact and business information, and some background if you need it. I would LOVE to help with this effort, but I'll need to work my schedule to make it happen once dates are sorted out. 

Jeff Sullivan 


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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:34:51 -0400 (EDT) 
From: Nathan Oxhandler <nathan at gvtc.com> 
Subject: [SATLUG] Small Business Open Source Fest 
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At the last meeting we talked about having an Open Source Fest aimed at Small Business. 
This is just my idea of a starting point and items that we need to think about if it is going to happen. 


Rackspace is a good place for our meetings, but would probably not work for the Fest. At least two people have said they will talk to Junior Colleges that would probably work out better for attendees getting in and out with minimum hassle. 

Real World: 

We need to find existing Small Business people that currently use Open Source software no matter what operating system they use. We need them to talk about both the good and the bad they have run into. 

We need people to help run the Fest. We need people to do Presentations. 

We need proper publicity. We need a contact at the Small Business Administration. We need contacts with ALL the local Chamber of Commerce���s. We need contacts at all the local news media: print, radio, TV, web. 

It will take about 4 months to put the Fest together, this puts us in the February time frame. 


Opening session 
Break room for people to just chat 
Closing Open Source Forum for attendees to ask about items that we did not cover or they need further explanation to understand 

What is Open Source, Shareware, Freeware, and what it is not 
Open Source Office packages 
Open Source Accounting packages 
Open Source Point of Sale packages 
Open Source Publishing packages 
Open Source CAD packages 
Open Source Project Management packages 
Open Source Web Site related packages [Jon at Rackspace believes he can get this area covered] 
Open Source Security, Anti-Virus, Firewall, and related packages 
Open Source VPN packages 
Visualization: What is it, what it can and can not do 
WINE: What it takes to get that package you just have to have to run under LINUX 
Hardware for use with Open Source Software 
What is SATLUG and what we can do to help you 


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